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HI, I've been using a dell xps 720 that i bought in '07 , it's time to move on. The betamax btx board cannot still do the job...

Much of this forum is WAY over my head, but we all have to start somewhere.

Ive been piecing together a new system for a while. I'd like to know what the weak links are and what I should target for my first OC attempt. Here are the pieces:

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo)
PSU: Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-750M 750W
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
VGA: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Misc. peripherals and cards...

Aside from the above request for general build issues, I've got a couple specific questions:

1) How far can I go? i've done a lot of reading and understand that the ivy can't go that high. I'm not going crazy (yet), but will the coolmaster let me hit ~4.2ghz?

2) Is the ram fast enough, 1600 (PC3 12800) natural?

3) Is there a better configuration that will make a big difference? It seems that most of the 16gig packs are 4 sticks of 4 gigs, but i also heard that the mobo will be happier with 2 sticks because the controller is less taxed.

4) Is the PSU strong enough if I add another 670 in SLI or would I need to upgrade it?

5) what am I missing?


I've done a ton of reading here, but now it's time and I'm a bit nervous. Thanks for any help in advance, this is a great community.
post #2 of 5
1. Each processor is different, but i imagine 4.2 is attainable.
2. 1600 is the standard, no need for anything more.
3. Yes, 2 sticks is better.
4. 750w is great for a second 670
5. You are missing a DVD drive.....
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RPI Compy
(14 items)
 
Sister's rig
(11 items)
 
Family HTPC
(10 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5820k MSI X99S MPOWER GTX 980 Ti 8x4gb 3000 MHz Crucial DDR4 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro Custom WC loop 480mm & 560mm Windows 10 ROG SWIFT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Quickfire TK Greens Corsair RM1000w Custom 3d-printed case Steelseries Rival 
Mouse PadAudio
CSGO Steelseries Creative Aurvana Live! 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Amd FX 8320 Asus sabertooth 990FX Nvidia GTX 760 4GB g.skill ares 12GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB HP thingy Phanteks TC12DX Windows 7 
PowerCaseMouse
Raidmax 530w White FD R4 Logitech G400 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A10 5800k Asrock pro-4 m His 6770 1GB G.skill 2133 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 ssd 128 GB Lg blu-ray combo drive Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 
PowerCase
Raidmax 530w Silverstone Temjin 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply!

1) I've read and seen a lot of you-tube videos pushing the 3770K hard to ~4.6-4.7, but it's all liquid cooled. I just don't know what to expect with the air cooling. Should I start lower? it just doesn't seem to make sense if it hits 3.9 on it's own...

2) I simply don't understand the RAM speed anymore. What does OC mean when it comes to RAM? The P8Z77-V Deluxe says it can use up to DDR3 2800(O.C.) MHz. Can anyone explain it to me? Why does that ram cost $500, can it even be utilized? This is one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge.

5) Have a blue ray on the way, but I hardly ever use optical drives anymore. This fell into the misc. peripherals and cards territory. I also have an old TV card, and a firewireA card to run my digi 002 rack.
Edited by Slappy D0 - 12/14/12 at 9:10pm
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Just to be clear, these are the parts I currently HAVE. Some were purchased for my former computer, others purchased purposely for this build (case, mobo, cpu). I'm not here trying to waste people's time with theoretical build ideas or shopping lists. I would just like to know what the weakest point is.
post #5 of 5
1. That cooler should be good for 4.4~4.5, depending on the voltage you need. It'll do 4.2 easily.

2. RAM speed is not very important for Ivy bridge, and anything above DDR3-1600 shows very little performance increase. Just clock your sticks at their rated speed and don't worry about it.
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