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z77 Motherboard requirements to OC a 3570k to 4.0-4.2 ghz?

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What does a motherboard have to have to run at 4.0-4.2 ghz stable? Is there a minimum power phase design? Any other things that are must have for overclocking?

I'm not really looking for specific motherboards right now, but rather which characteristics I should be looking for. I don't have a set budget, rather I'm looking to find something as cheap as possible as long as it fills my requirements.

Other things: I'm not set on a case. I'd rather figure out the other components and then find a case that fits rather than the other way around. Same with the power supply. I'd prefer to avoid water cooling unless absolutely necessary. I have been looking at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO though.
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For that small an overclock? Basically all it needs to be is working tongue.gif In all seriousness, most Ivy Bridge chips will reach those clocks on stock volts. You don't need to get a top of the line Z77 board to achieve that.

Edit: if you want a cheap but still solid board, look into the ASrock Z75 Pro3. Not the fanciest board, but will do your 4-4.2 ghz overclock just fine and is a really good value.
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I'm doing a similar thing though I can't advise on the board - I'd say 99% can do what you want.

I'm handing my board/cpu/mem combo to my dad and he'll use stock intel cooler. of course this restricts things, so I tested it all stock/auto and it ran 1.15v for x39. So now that I knew what stock volts it wanted, I raised the multi and have been folding 1.128v @ x42 for 3 days (curiously I've got it set to manually to 1.14v in BIOS).

The point.. you'll likely be able to under-volt (if that's the right term) for those clocks only.
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Thanks guys.
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