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This the first build I have done in 7 years. I was in need of a new desktop after my DTR laptop died. I put in some time researching these parts. However, I would love to hear any feedback on the build, parts, etc. I am still shopping for a graphics card so any input on that would be appreciated.

I am also looking for feedback on overclocking this machine:

According to my bios, the temp is 35-37 degrees C (at rest).

When at rest in windows, Core Temp reports my CPU cores at an average of 25 degrees C accross the 4 cores.

When using Heavy Load, Core Temp reports my core temps at 50-55 degrees C at 100% load.

I am wondering if these temps are safe for me to overclock to 4.0-4.2 and maintain my stability? Also, is my cooling sufficient for an OC?

Here are the specs

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 (3x PCI E 3.0 Slots)
Intel 3770K Core I7 3.5 Ghz
Corsair 8GB XMS3 9-9-9-24
120GB SanDisk Extreme SSD
Corsair CX600 Power Supply
Cooler Master 912 HAF (2x 120mm case fans)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus processor heatsink/fan
(Graphics Card to be determined)

Any general feedback on the parts is appreciated, these parts can still be exchanged as they were purchased within the last week from a microcenter in my area.

Thank you,

Bill
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You've pretty much got things down to a T. You should definitely be good for 4.0-4.2 if that's what you're aiming for. I'm not sure how much further you'll get than that, though. IHS on Ivy Bridge has been complained about since it's release for good reason, which is why you'll see plenty of people delidding them. If those figures are what you have in mind goal-wise, you should be good.

I, personally, would have gone for a Samsung 840, but, then again, I can't say I know much about SanDisk's SSD lineup.

What are you looking for GPU-wise? You have a preference on manufacturer? What resolution will you be running? What's your budget like for it?

Other things of note: I can neither confirm nor deny this, but I've heard rumors that ASRock's boards like to report lower-than-actual vcore.
Edited by Syryll - 1/27/13 at 2:36pm
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well ram dose not have speed on it.
I love the Samsung wonder ram. i got 2000 mhz out of them but my imc cant handle volt frown.gif

The 7950 is a great card.

I was looking @ the msi mpower but i think the ga-z77x-up5 th Is better. (better vrm)
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Thanks for the reply and the feedback..

I almost went with the 840 series Samsung, however, I ended up choosing the SanDisk because it was 550 mbits/s comapred to 530 (how accurate this is I am not sure) and it was 10 bucks cheape rolleyes.gif

I was not aware of the heat spreader issue on the 3770k but I just read up a bit on it, thanks for bringing that to my attention. That will definitely effect how far I push it. I am getting some inconsistency between core temps as well.

As far as graphics go, I am trying to spec out a card that will be able to play Crysis 3 (close to max ON 1080p) while staying in the 300 range. I have no preference on NVIDEA or ATI. However, I would like to get something I can SLI or Crossfire at the full capability of dual PCI-E 3.0.. This will likely be much later when card prices come down.

I am just curious what would be the implication of under reported vcore voltage??
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the voltage reading is useless. as long as your not way up thare in volts.

7950 is a great card. and overclocke beats 680 (stock) and 180 cheaper.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wgstrick View Post

Thanks for the reply and the feedback..

I almost went with the 840 series Samsung, however, I ended up choosing the SanDisk because it was 550 mbits/s comapred to 530 (how accurate this is I am not sure) and it was 10 bucks cheape rolleyes.gif

I was not aware of the heat spreader issue on the 3770k but I just read up a bit on it, thanks for bringing that to my attention. That will definitely effect how far I push it. I am getting some inconsistency between core temps as well.

As far as graphics go, I am trying to spec out a card that will be able to play Crysis 3 (close to max ON 1080p) while staying in the 300 range. I have no preference on NVIDEA or ATI. However, I would like to get something I can SLI or Crossfire at the full capability of dual PCI-E 3.0.. This will likely be much later when card prices come down.

I am just curious what would be the implication of under reported vcore voltage??

Your best bet would be a 7950 then. The only way I'd recommend you an Nvidia alternative at that price point would be if you like to fold, or if you use stuff that works better with CUDA frequently.

Basically you'd see your vcore lower than it actually is in Windows. again I'm not even sure if it's true or not, but I've heard it more than just a few times, once or twice on this very forum. It's just something to think about when OC'ing. Doesn't really matter too much, just keep temps in line.
Edited by Syryll - 1/27/13 at 3:08pm
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I was considering the 7950, the price is certainly right.. I wish that it had 2 DVI ports though for my 2 monitors (haven' gotten an HDMI monitor yet but I do have a 42" HD TV for games)..

The ga-z77x-up5 is a heck of a motherboard.. a bit out of my price range thought.. I was kind of pushing it spending 140 on the extreme 6..

My mother board will take memory up to 2800 mhz, but I had to keep it in the budget.. Is it out of the question to over clock the memory I have??
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If you can wait I would wait for the next graphics line up and go with the best performer in you price range. Yea the issues with IVB heat spreader has to do with a gap that most have between the core and the heat spreader. People who have delidded, changed the tim, and then put the heat spreader back on have seen on average temp drops in the 15 - 25 C range.
As far as the implication of under reported voltage is concerned it's not a big deal unless your close to the max voltage it should be. There is one person who is saying the asrock boards are wrong. Whether he is right or wrong idk but even according to him the difference was not huge.
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Originally Posted by wgstrick View Post

I was considering the 7950, the price is certainly right.. I wish that it had 2 DVI ports though for my 2 monitors (haven' gotten an HDMI monitor yet but I do have a 42" HD TV for games)..

The ga-z77x-up5 is a heck of a motherboard.. a bit out of my price range thought.. I was kind of pushing it spending 140 on the extreme 6..

My mother board will take memory up to 2800 mhz, but I had to keep it in the budget.. Is it out of the question to over clock the memory I have??

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202007 FleX edition.

Edit: I linked because Bill wanted two DVI. I was also slightly misinformed as to what FleX was.
Edited by Syryll - 1/27/13 at 3:05pm
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Thanks for the link, The FleX edition is probably what I would be looking at if I pulled the trigger today. We will see how long I can hold off..

15-25 degree C difference.. that is Huge.. I'm not sure how comfortable I am doing surgery on my processor.. I guess I will just monitor the temp closely and overclock very cautiously.. I am looking over some OC guides for this board as we speak..
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