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I was looking to get a test setup to play around with overclocking and actually put my thoughts into practice. If anyone could recommend me an easy setup that I could go with and get educated with everything so I can move my way up the ladder in overclocking. I'm a totally new overclocker although for the past months I have been reading up and various different guides and threads on it so I feel like I can put together a legit system. I am more familiar with Intel than I am with AMD so I'd rather go with an Intel setup although an AMD system would probably be much cheaper.

Any suggestions advice or anything you feel needs to be said on the topic please go ahead and post. Thanks in advance for all of the help biggrin.gif. Have a good one guys!
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With overclocking if you follow the guides, use your head and take your time with the vast amount of information on the net these days you wont have to worry about blowing anything up. I wouldnt worry about gettting a starter set up. You will just want to upgrade after a few weeks.

I would suggest getting a 3570k and halfway decent z77 mobo. Are you plannign on oc'ing ram and gpu as well?
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With overclocking if you follow the guides, use your head and take your time with the vast amount of information on the net these days you wont have to worry about blowing anything up. I wouldnt worry about gettting a starter set up. You will just want to upgrade after a few weeks.

I would suggest getting a 3570k and halfway decent z77 mobo. Are you plannign on oc'ing ram and gpu as well?
Yea, I'm aiming to learn how to get familiar with the PC in general, I've read a thread on RAM and all of the timings but it was kind of old. I haven't read up on GPU overclocking yet but I will soon. I also wanted to explore RAID, programming, and water cooling as well. I put together a setup but I realized it might take a while to get all the money for that setup, although that could just be my choice of components too lol. Here's what i came up with before, although the water cooling setup will be different than what I have there.
[EDIT] I will be using this for 3-D modeling and drafting that's why some of the components are more expensive.

Case: Aerocool Strike X St Black Edition(I already own)

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply(I already own)

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 [$429.99] Frys Electronics


CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core

Desktop Processor [$539.99] Newegg

RAM: 2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX3M4X1866C9 [$439.99 EA] Newegg

GPU: 2x DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card [$419.99 EA] Newegg

SSD: 2x Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)[ $219.99 EA] Newegg

HDD: 4x WD Green WDBAAY0030HNC-NRSN 3TB IntelliPower SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive[$149.99 EA] Newegg

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit[$309.99] Newegg

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM[$17.99] Newegg

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-14D1XT [$79.99] Newegg

Monitor: 3x Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Black 7ms IPS-Panel Height, Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 370 cd/m2 DC 100,000:1 (1000:1) [$1099.99 EA] Newegg

Total: $7,589.18 Including taxes and shipping




Water Cooling System

Tubing: PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 5/8" OD - 10ft Retail Pack - Bloodshed Red (PFLEXA10-58-R) w/ Free Sys Prep [$24.99] Newegg

Radiator: Phobya Xtreme 400mm Radiator (Silverstone / Cooler Master / Yate Loon / Bitfenix) [$104.99] Newegg

Pump: Swiftech MCP655-PWM-DRIVE 12v Water Pump - PWM Enabled w/ G1/4 Thread Ports (Perfectly Tapped) [$134.99] Newegg

Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Inline Reservoir - Ice Black (BP-WTZM250P-IBKBK) [$49.95] Newegg

CPU Block: EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel (EK-Supremacy - Acetal + Nickel) [$76.99] Newegg

GPU Block : 2x EK Radeon HD 7970 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel CSQ (EK-FC7970 - Acetal + Nickel CSQ) [$112.99 EA] Newegg

RAM Block: 2x EK Corsair Dominator Series X4 Ram Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel CSQ (EK-RAM Dominator X4 – []Acetal+Nickel CSQ) [$56.99 EA] Newegg

Motherboard Block: EK ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Full Board Cooling Block Kit - Acetal + Nickel CSQ (EK-FB KIT RE4 - Acetal+Nickel CSQ) [$127.99] Newegg

Fans: 7x BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm Fan - Red LED (BFF-LPRO-20025R-RP) [$20.99 EA]
Newegg
Total: $1066.30 Including taxes and shipping
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Yea, I'm aiming to learn how to get familiar with the PC in general, I've read a thread on RAM and all of the timings but it was kind of old. I haven't read up on GPU overclocking yet but I will soon. I also wanted to explore RAID, programming, and water cooling as well. I put together a setup but I realized it might take a while to get all the money for that setup, although that could just be my choice of components too lol. Here's what i came up with before, although the water cooling setup will be different than what I have there.

Case: Aerocool Strike X St Black Edition(I already own)

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply(I already own)

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 [$429.99] Frys Electronics


CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core

Desktop Processor [$539.99] Newegg

RAM: 2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX3M4X1866C9 [$439.99 EA] Newegg

GPU: 2x DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card [$419.99 EA] Newegg

SSD: 2x Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)[ $219.99 EA] Newegg

HDD: 4x WD Green WDBAAY0030HNC-NRSN 3TB IntelliPower SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive[$149.99 EA] Newegg

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit[$309.99] Newegg

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM[$17.99] Newegg

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-14D1XT [$79.99] Newegg

Monitor: 3x Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Black 7ms IPS-Panel Height, Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 370 cd/m2 DC 100,000:1 (1000:1) [$1099.99 EA] Newegg

Total: $7,589.18 Including taxes and shipping




Water Cooling System

Tubing: PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 5/8" OD - 10ft Retail Pack - Bloodshed Red (PFLEXA10-58-R) w/ Free Sys Prep [$24.99] Newegg

Radiator: Phobya Xtreme 400mm Radiator (Silverstone / Cooler Master / Yate Loon / Bitfenix) [$104.99] Newegg

Pump: Swiftech MCP655-PWM-DRIVE 12v Water Pump - PWM Enabled w/ G1/4 Thread Ports (Perfectly Tapped) [$134.99] Newegg

Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Inline Reservoir - Ice Black (BP-WTZM250P-IBKBK) [$49.95] Newegg

CPU Block: EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel (EK-Supremacy - Acetal + Nickel) [$76.99] Newegg

GPU Block : 2x EK Radeon HD 7970 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel CSQ (EK-FC7970 - Acetal + Nickel CSQ) [$112.99 EA] Newegg

RAM Block: 2x EK Corsair Dominator Series X4 Ram Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal + Nickel CSQ (EK-RAM Dominator X4 – []Acetal+Nickel CSQ) [$56.99 EA] Newegg

Motherboard Block: EK ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Full Board Cooling Block Kit - Acetal + Nickel CSQ (EK-FB KIT RE4 - Acetal+Nickel CSQ) [$127.99] Newegg

Fans: 7x BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm Fan - Red LED (BFF-LPRO-20025R-RP) [$20.99 EA]
Newegg
Total: $1066.30 Including taxes and shipping
this would be nice but what is your main goal? like gaming ?
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I agree, overclocking the intel chips are laughably easy. You just need to be aware of the upper voltage limits and temps and overclock away.in my opinion the easiest way is to set the voltage on auto set the multiplier and check your voltage during load with cpuz. Then work your way down with your voltage from there.
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this would be nice but what is your main goal? like gaming ?
I do a lot of 3-D modeling and drafting (buildings primarily), I don't game much because I don't have time for it but I would be if I had time, I might just go with one 7970 because I don't want to waste money as I will be buying a newer card once the 8000/700 series comes out in Q4.
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Awesome! Yea i didn't find any of the guides to be hard just very cautious as to buying an expensive setup and then somehow fry things lol
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I do a lot of 3-D modeling and drafting (buildings primarily), I don't game much because I don't have time for it but I would be if I had time, I might just go with one 7970 because I don't want to waste money as I will be buying a newer card once the 8000/700 series comes out in Q4.

okay good you should really enjoy overclocking and working with that SB-E. and ya I would get only one so you can get the new GPU's you got it man Good luck :]
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okay good you should really enjoy overclocking and working with that SB-E. and ya I would get only one so you can get the new GPU's you got it man Good luck :]
Thanks man, I've been really excited about it but that motherboard keeps selling out everywhere I try to find it lol
What forms of overclocking are you familiar with?
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Thanks man, I've been really excited about it but that motherboard keeps selling out everywhere I try to find it lol
What forms of overclocking are you familiar with?
I have overclocked my current CPU to 3.6 GHz which is the AMD 1055t and my old E5500 775 Socket cpu
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