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Hi all, I have an i5 3570k, a gtx 780 w/ACX Cooling, an H61MA chipset motherboard, and a HAF 912

My idle temps on my i5 3570k are around 29 or 30 degrees celsius (I'm using a CM Hyper 212 Evo). I'm wondering if these temperatures are average. I am also wondering the benefits of OC'ing my cpu. I understand my current chipset doesn't support OC'ing. Is it worth it to get a new motherboard and a new copy of windows 7 just to overclock? What speed would I overclock to?

I also have 6 cooler master fans in my case that are very loud. I tried speedfan and it didn't work. I ordered a NZXT Sentry 2 to control my fans. Is that ok?
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Those temperatures are very good on idle but that doesn't really tell you much you need the load temperatures. Also if your board doesn't support overclocking and you're not sure what it is, I don't think it's worth it at this time since your system is already pretty strong.

But there a lots of resources for overclocking all over this site and the internet which is something I recommend researching before building your next pc.

And the nzxt sentry will work fine assuming you can set it up properly with the cooler master fans.
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If you want to overclock that CPU, that is, the i5 3570K, you'll need at least a Z68 chipset, Z77 preferably to utilize the full features of the CPU itself. E.G integrated graphics and PCI Express 3.0, although some Z68's support PCI-E 3.0 as well. Pretty good idle temps for a i5 3570K.

Here's to give you an example of a CPU overclock, these are for EXAMPLE only:

CPU : Intel Core i5 3570K @ 4.7 GHz
CPU VCore Voltage: 1.315v
Max Prime95 Latest Version Temps: 73°C-78°C
Idle Temperature: 28°C-35°C
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio

On your cooler I'd say you could probably get to 4.2 GHZ, 4.5 if you can maintain good voltages and temperatures.

I'd head on for a mid-range ASUS or Gigabyte, maybe ASRock if your tight on budget. Either way, all 3 brands are good for overclocking if you pick the right motherboard. Try to head for a motherboard with 6 Phase or more.

Edit: If you want to use integrated graphics from the intel CPU, you'll need to find a motherboard with the VGA/HDMI/DVI port to use it.

E.G
For Gigabyte: GA-Z77X-UD3H or something like that.
For ASUS: P8Z77-V PRO
ASRock: Z77 Extreme 4
Edited by benjamen50 - 11/19/13 at 6:25am
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