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While I am VERY new to overclocking, I am not new to building computers. Am currently on my second actual full rebuild, and I've lost count of how many times I had upgraded previously.

Currently I'm running:
ASRock z77 extreme 4 board

i7-3770 processor cooled by an antec H2O 620 processor liquid cooling kit

GTX 660Ti card

G. Skill Trident X 16 GB ddr3-1600MHz ram at 7-8-8-24 @ 1.5V

Running a Soundblaster Z sound card and using a Razer Blackshark headset through it (I swear I'm going to blow this headsets speakers, but it sounds sooooo good! )

All in a cooler master HAF X case.

I was having a bit of issue with the processor clocking, but after some googling and grumbling I finally did get it up from the 3.4GHz to the 3.9GHz I wanted to see. Did so by going into the UEFI and changing the multiplier to 39 (left the BCLK at 100 of course).

Machine runs a tad warm (processor at 40-42C and card at 35ish C), but it gets the job done. Mostly looking to learn some basics of overclocking and maybe some easy ways to get a little more umph out of this rig.

Thanks for having me and nice to meet everyone!
Edited by Soully - 5/11/13 at 1:12pm
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Machine runs a tad warm (processor at 40-42C and card at 35ish C), but it gets the job done. Mostly looking to learn some basics of overclocking and maybe some easy ways to get a little more umph out of this rig.

Welcome to OCN! That is extremely cool for both the cpu and gpu. My 2700k is running at 75C and my 7970s are running at 80C. You have tons of headroom to increase the clocks on both thumb.gif
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Welcome to OCN! That is extremely cool for both the cpu and gpu. My 2700k is running at 75C and my 7970s are running at 80C. You have tons of headroom to increase the clocks on both thumb.gif

That's good to hear! biggrin.gif

I went to play some guild wars 2 after I made this post, had speccy running in the background. When I got out my graphics card was pretty warm at around 60-75 C, and the processor was hovering around 50-55C, so sorry for the miscommunication if there was any there.

I'd like to do a bit more tweaking to that processor, and maybe even that graphics card and/or the ram if I can! But my knowledge is very minimal on what to adjust and what's within safe parameters, so even though I've looked through the UEFI, left most stock (except, as mentioned above, for the CPU multiplier)
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welcome to the forums.

nice choice in gear. i have the same motherboard, soundcard (not installed), and headset. own a HAF XB case.

i don't like using offset voltage/turbo/C state because that goes by what Intel thinks the CPU needs at x multiplyer. this could be much more than what is actually needed at that particular speed. i set a fixed multiplier (per core), disable turbo, fixed vcore (LLC3 (2 and 1 overvolt), and disable all of the C states except the C state package (auto) so it's doesn't lower the multiplier. for gaming i suggest turning off hyper-threading. games benefit from having an actual core to use vs a virtual one. for encoding etc hyper-threading will help.

i use memtest86+ and prime95 on a ultimate boot cd for stress testing without booting into the OS. *note running prime95 AVX (4 threads) temp wise and will be about 10°C higher than normal use. it's a quick way of seeing where the point of diminishing returns is. by this i mean when you have to bump the vcore much more than the last mulitplyer bump. keep a log of your progress and when you find you need a much larger jump to get stable drop it down by 1 mulit. that way your not throwing a bunch of voltage at your CPU for another 100Mhz. you should be able to get to 4.2-4.3 no problem. but take small steps, bumping the vcore .01v when needed. final testing should be done in the OS to confirm stability. i suggest 12 or preferably 24 hours to confirm.

your doing better than me with the RAM. if it's Memtest86+/Prime95 stable i wouldn't touch the settings.

the fan setting in BIOS are wacky on the Z77 Extreme 4.1 and 3 are the same but 2 only has like 4 settings? trial error to get them where they are quiet but move decent air.

the 660 Ti is a great card if you don't use anti aliasing. it takes a real hit in FPS when AA is enabled

i'm not a fan of Razer. but the headset is made of metal vs the crappy plastic swivels on the turtle beaches. i love the sound and durability but the the pleather pads make my ears sweaty.

again. welcome to the forums. thumb.gif
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welcome to the forums.

nice choice in gear. i have the same motherboard, soundcard (not installed), and headset. own a HAF XB case.

i don't like using offset voltage/turbo/C state because that goes by what Intel thinks the CPU needs at x multiplyer. this could be much more than what is actually needed at that particular speed. i set a fixed multiplier (per core), disable turbo, fixed vcore (LLC3 (2 and 1 overvolt), and disable all of the C states except the C state package (auto) so it's doesn't lower the multiplier. for gaming i suggest turning off hyper-threading. games benefit from having an actual core to use vs a virtual one. for encoding etc hyper-threading will help.

i use memtest86+ and prime95 on a ultimate boot cd for stress testing without booting into the OS. *note running prime95 AVX (4 threads) temp wise and will be about 10°C higher than normal use. it's a quick way of seeing where the point of diminishing returns is. by this i mean when you have to bump the vcore much more than the last mulitplyer bump. keep a log of your progress and when you find you need a much larger jump to get stable drop it down by 1 mulit. that way your not throwing a bunch of voltage at your CPU for another 100Mhz. you should be able to get to 4.2-4.3 no problem. but take small steps, bumping the vcore .01v when needed. final testing should be done in the OS to confirm stability. i suggest 12 or preferably 24 hours to confirm.

your doing better than me with the RAM. if it's Memtest86+/Prime95 stable i wouldn't touch the settings.

the fan setting in BIOS are wacky on the Z77 Extreme 4.1 and 3 are the same but 2 only has like 4 settings? trial error to get them where they are quiet but move decent air.

the 660 Ti is a great card if you don't use anti aliasing. it takes a real hit in FPS when AA is enabled

i'm not a fan of Razer. but the headset is made of metal vs the crappy plastic swivels on the turtle beaches. i love the sound and durability but the the pleather pads make my ears sweaty.

again. welcome to the forums. thumb.gif

I ran 1 pass with memtest86+ using their bootable flash drive version, the ram was initially set to lower numbers (I think it was 666MHz and 9-9-9-24 or some such and over a tenth of a volt lower), I set it to the rams specifications (which I learned reads as 800 MHz, allow me to describe my momentary rage until I noted the "Dual Channel" written nearby). Passed the memtest just fine. Should probably have done a few other passes, but got bored staring, wanted to finish windows update shenanigans.

Yea, I noticed the fan controls on the UEFI really are kind of garbage, even the "extreme tuner" utility you can download doesn't have much to work with. But the fans are pushing/pulling a good amount of air, so not complaining TOO much.

Hmm, hadn't thought about AA disabling. On Tomb Raider with EVERYTHING on max (except hair "tresswhatever the hell it is", that's on normal), I pull an average of 59.2 FPS on the benchmark. Will try toning down the AA to see what happens!

I'm not a big fan of razer either, I loved my Tritton AX Pro's, they were very nice, but one of the speakers took a dive on me, saw this on a shelf and figured why not and gave it a try. Will never go back. The fact they ran the cable along the metal frame to keep it from crimping? Yes please. And even with on board sound it was great, but that sound card...dear god...I had a base-y start up sound when I first got it, didn't realize how base-y till my first power on with sound card drivers...my vision rattled. ...I understand your dislike for the pads, I do agree...though this is mostly because I have a warmer than average room, if I can get it to cool off in here a bit I should be fine.

Hmmm, I'll keep in mind those adjustments, don't feel comfortable enough to make -that- many changes to something I'm not overly familiar with just yet, but will definitely keep a record of when I do!

Thanks again for the warm welcomes!
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most overclockers prefer to do everything via BIOS vs software. i didn't install any of the Utilities from Asrock.
wish they would give us an option to disable the CIR receiver in BIOS. i didn't install the driver and have it disabled in device manager.
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Belated welcome to OCN!!
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