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Is overclocking safely really this simple?

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Is overclocking really as simple as this?

1. Set the core voltage and frequency to manual.
2. Up the voltage until IntelBurnTest gives about 85 degrees (Ivy Bridge)
3. Up the frequency until Prime95 gives an error.
4. Back down the frequency until Prime95 doesn't give an error anymore?

This is the first time I overclock, and so, is this everything I need to do?

I have a MSI Z77 and an i7 3770K. I am going to do a lot of video editing, so I need all the CPU power I can get. However, I'm not rich, so I need this computer to last for at least 4-5 years. What is the maximum temperature I should get with IntelBurnTest?

Thank you very much for your time.
post #2 of 5
Depends on the chip. It's possible you could just do that and it would work just fine. Since this your fist time overclocking you should read The Ivy Bridge Overclocking Guide
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Overclocking the Intel DZ77-70K motherboard and i7-3770k combo has been effortless for me (so far...)

I've had my Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard installed and running for almost 3 months now. Here are my system specs:

- Intel i7-3770k CPU (Retail, boxed, used Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound)
- Intel RTS2011 Liquid Cooling CPU cooler with 120mm fan
- Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard running 0064 BIOS (flashed to 0064 on 3/15/2013)
- Crucial 32GB DDR3 RAM (Ballistix Sport)
- Intel 120GB Model 330 SSD (SATA III)
- PNY GTX 650 video card
- WD 3TB Red hard drive (SATA III)
- Corsair 650D case with 3 x 200mm fans
- Corsair 750AX power supply
- LG DVD RW drive
- Monsoon Planar speakers and subwoofer
- Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit OS

I'm overclocking the CPU, and I'm at 4.5GHZ at 32 degrees C at rest and 75 degrees C at 100% CPU utilization. The board was extremely easy to setup, tweak and leave running. I've updated the BIOS several times and the last time (0064), I had to set my BIOS settings to "default" prior to applying the BIOS update and everything worked once I did that. I have never had a BSOD and the PC runs very well. I use the BIOS to update my settings (overclocking) as I found this is more reliable than the Intel Extreme Performance Utility that runs on Windows 7. All drivers are current and I'm 100% satisfied with this motherboard, it really shines with this CPU! I'm not a gamer (hence the GTX 650 video card), but I tested my son's GTX 660 OC video card in my PC and it was fantastic and the performance in the latest games (BF3, Crysis 3, etc...) was smooth and fast!

I use my PC for work and I use a lot of virtual machines and Oracle's VirtualBox runs great on this PC and the VM's perform just like an actual PC running that particular OS, which is what I wanted. Documentation is there, you just have to search for it on Intel's website and the accompanying technical information is staggering, if you want to read it! The Corsair 650D is a big, heavy case, but it holds all of the components, keeps them cool and I can't hear any fans at all, so it's doing exactly what I expect it to do. I read up on the issues some others had with this board, but I have not had any issues at all, so this is just another data point... I'm not an employee of Intel and have no financial interest in Intel, I'm just a very satisfied customer! BTW, I'll be installing Win8 soon and I'll update my review after that experience... Thanks!
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Originally Posted by azasadny View Post

Overclocking the Intel DZ77-70K motherboard and i7-3770k combo has been effortless for me (so far...)

I've had my Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard installed and running for almost 3 months now. Here are my system specs:

- Intel i7-3770k CPU (Retail, boxed, used Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound)
- Intel RTS2011 Liquid Cooling CPU cooler with 120mm fan
- Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard running 0064 BIOS (flashed to 0064 on 3/15/2013)
- Crucial 32GB DDR3 RAM (Ballistix Sport)
- Intel 120GB Model 330 SSD (SATA III)
- PNY GTX 650 video card
- WD 3TB Red hard drive (SATA III)
- Corsair 650D case with 3 x 200mm fans
- Corsair 750AX power supply
- LG DVD RW drive
- Monsoon Planar speakers and subwoofer
- Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit OS

I'm overclocking the CPU, and I'm at 4.5GHZ at 32 degrees C at rest and 75 degrees C at 100% CPU utilization. The board was extremely easy to setup, tweak and leave running. I've updated the BIOS several times and the last time (0064), I had to set my BIOS settings to "default" prior to applying the BIOS update and everything worked once I did that. I have never had a BSOD and the PC runs very well. I use the BIOS to update my settings (overclocking) as I found this is more reliable than the Intel Extreme Performance Utility that runs on Windows 7. All drivers are current and I'm 100% satisfied with this motherboard, it really shines with this CPU! I'm not a gamer (hence the GTX 650 video card), but I tested my son's GTX 660 OC video card in my PC and it was fantastic and the performance in the latest games (BF3, Crysis 3, etc...) was smooth and fast!

I use my PC for work and I use a lot of virtual machines and Oracle's VirtualBox runs great on this PC and the VM's perform just like an actual PC running that particular OS, which is what I wanted. Documentation is there, you just have to search for it on Intel's website and the accompanying technical information is staggering, if you want to read it! The Corsair 650D is a big, heavy case, but it holds all of the components, keeps them cool and I can't hear any fans at all, so it's doing exactly what I expect it to do. I read up on the issues some others had with this board, but I have not had any issues at all, so this is just another data point... I'm not an employee of Intel and have no financial interest in Intel, I'm just a very satisfied customer! BTW, I'll be installing Win8 soon and I'll update my review after that experience... Thanks!

I have Win8 Pro on this machine. It's really smooth. At 4.4GHz it boots up in 4 seconds smile.gif
Edited by 50ndr33 - 3/27/13 at 10:47am
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Yes, this is a fast, solid board and I'll be installing Win8 on it this weekend. I couldn't be happier with a motherboard as it has done everything I wanted it to do without any drama.
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