So I'm somewhat new to high-end computing, been a gamer for years, but always bought, or had systems built. This year I finally built my own gaming rig, and I'm fairly proud of it. Details are in my sig, but overall, pretty easy build, and things went well. So now I'm starting to look into overclocking.
My current processor is and i7 4770K on an Asus Maximus VI Hero mobo. After doing a fair bit of research, my first OC was based off Raja's guide at the Asus website that said "for an easy overclock, just manipulate the core multiplier to 41-43 leaving all other settings at stock. So I've done that, system tests stable, not having any issues. Temps 64-67 under full load with prime95. CPU-Z reports my Vcore at 1.2, but this in on an auto setting in the bios.
1) Reading researching more here, I've found JJ's video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7zPu9255ZI) on overclocking with the Asus boards, and I've read the guide here at OCN for overclocking Haswells, so I decided to do a bit more tinkering. I wanted to try and get 4.3-4.4Ghz, nothing dramatic, but still some improvement, and that is where I'm finding trouble. I can't seem to manually manipulate Vcore. In the video tutorial, JJ recommends using the adaptive voltage setting, but his warning (that is echo'd in the OCN guide) is not to use the adaptive setting with synthetic tests like prime95 to avoid overvolting your cpu. So I get back to the bios, and select the manual setting for the voltage, but it does not give me any place to enter the specific voltage that I would like. It just lets me select manual. So my first issue is how to set manual voltage?
2) Next up, this mobo comes with Asus AI Suite 3. I have not used it, but it appears to allow some overclocking from the OS without going into the BIOS, there are some options there for adjusting voltage. However, I've read some threads that recommend not only not using the AI Suite, but uninstalling it completely so that it does conflict with temp readings from RealTemp. Thoughts? Should I uninstall this program completely? Should I use it?
3) The OCN guide suggest not using the XMP profile while searching for the "sweet spot". But is it acceptable to enable the XMP once you find a stable OC that you are happy with. My current memory kit is 16G (2x8G) G.Skill Ripjaws X series DDR3 1866.
4) CPU-Z lists my Vcore at 1.2 with my current overclock. Mind you, I did not set it there, it is on Auto setting because I can't seem to manually change it. Does that seem a bit high for just 4.2 Ghz?
I'm not trying to set any benchmark records, and at this point I don't have much desire to go above 4.4-4.5Ghz. What I am shooting for is getting the most bang for the buck out of my current setup. I'm looking to put either a Coolermaster Glacer 240L or possibly a Swiftech h220x in there once I see how those are shaping up.
Anyway, if you made it through all that, I thank you heartily. I'm open to any and all advice. And thanks for taking time to help a noob.