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Hello everyone this is my first post here and am a bit nervous.....
I am planning on getting back into gaming and may try to learn a bit about overclocking It has been a while. I have just purchased these parts and am wondering if you see any problems. I would like for it to be a quiet setup if that is possible. smile.gif

Motherboard: ASUS Z87-PRO

CPU: Core i7-4770k

Heatsink .Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 (Almost went with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO )

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-650-M ( Hope this is ok ? ).

GPU: ASUS R9270

Case: Obsidian 550D (Was debating between this and the Fractal R4) Was wondering what you all thought of maybe replacing the front fans with these-. Noctua NF-P12-1300. I spent over an hour trying to figure out if these might help quiet the system and maintain decent cooling.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

HDD Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB

DVD Burner LITE-ON Model ihas324-07

SSD: Thinking about a Samsung Pro 256 or Evo 250 but that would be in a few months


Now please don't laugh but I am sill using a CRT... Will be searching for one in the next week or so.


Thanks for any help you provide as I would greatly appreciate it.
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Get the Samsung Pro 256GB SSD. It's better. All the parts are great, nice choice.

1 second. Going to get a guide for your i7 4770K Haswell.

Here: I do reccomend reading the guide carefully.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1247413/ivy-bridge-overclocking-guide-with-ln2-guide-at-the-end

Now here's some guide lines:

Keep the CPU Core temperatures under 89°C while benchmarking with prime95/IBT to be safe. Keep under 80°C for 24/7 use.

Keep CPU voltage under 1.4V. Going over that for your air cooler might exceed safe temperatures on the CPU cores.

I'll give you a rough idea of what it may take to get 4.2 GHz as this is a good start.

- You may require a core voltage around 1.25V. All CPUs require different voltages at the same clock.

- In the bios settings, disable CPU spread spectrum. Keep BLCK (Base Clock) at 100.00 MHz at all times. Altering this may cause instability and can damage hardware. Also if you have the PCI-E clock setting. Keep it at 100 MHz.

- Always start with a manual voltage.

- When you are satisfied with your overclock, then maybe go ahead for a offset or adaptive voltage. Do not use these two types of voltage regulation if you run programs that use AVX instructions.

- Use prime95 and or intro burn test for stability testing.

- Use realtemp for CPU temperature monitoring.

- Offset voltage and Adaptive voltage is more power efficient than manual voltage.

- When running AVX instructions on offset or manual voltage, your CPU voltage will ramp up by 0.1V, you have been warned.
Edited by benjamen50 - 3/15/14 at 12:08am
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Legitimately speaking, I would have gone for an i5 over the i7 and gotten a better GPU with the extra cash. You won't notice the difference between the CPUs in any game out there, not with only the R9 270 running. I would think that the i5 and R9 280 combination would work out better overall.
     
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Yeah it would be better if you did, depending on what you use your computer for.
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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by rdmart View Post

Hello everyone this is my first post here and am a bit nervous.....
I am planning on getting back into gaming and may try to learn a bit about overclocking It has been a while. I have just purchased these parts and am wondering if you see any problems. I would like for it to be a quiet setup if that is possible. smile.gif

Motherboard: ASUS Z87-PRO

CPU: Core i7-4770k

Heatsink .Noctua NH-U12S 120x120x25 (Almost went with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO )

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-650-M ( Hope this is ok ? ).

GPU: ASUS R9270

Case: Obsidian 550D (Was debating between this and the Fractal R4) Was wondering what you all thought of maybe replacing the front fans with these-. Noctua NF-P12-1300. I spent over an hour trying to figure out if these might help quiet the system and maintain decent cooling.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

HDD Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB

DVD Burner LITE-ON Model ihas324-07

SSD: Thinking about a Samsung Pro 256 or Evo 250 but that would be in a few months


Now please don't laugh but I am sill using a CRT... Will be searching for one in the next week or so.


Thanks for any help you provide as I would greatly appreciate it.

Drop down to a 4670k so you can get a better GPU like a R9 280X, R9 280 or a GTX 770. The ASUS Z87-PRO is overpriced for what you are getting, you can get a board that's just as good for much less and still maintain the same features like this one: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 Also, you can get 2400MHz memory for the same price as 1600MHz kit you are buying, so I would go with this kit instead: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400. Also swap the Seagate Barracuda for a WD 1TB Blue (WD10EZEX) as the Blue is faster on average. Also for an SSD, definitely go with a Crucial M500. You can get a 240GB one for $119.99 @ Newegg.com right now. You are never going to notice the speed difference aside from benchmarks between the M500 and the Evo or Pro realistically.

Saving money in these areas is very important because you need to get a real monitor ASAP or you will have a lot of unused power.
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Where are you from? Do you have a link to various online stores?
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by benjamen50 View Post

Get the Samsung Pro 256GB SSD. It's better. All the parts are great, nice choice.

1 second. Going to get a guide for your i7 4770K Haswell.

Here: I do recommend reading the guide carefully.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1247413/ivy-bridge-overclocking-guide-with-ln2-guide-at-the-end
Thank you so much for your recommendation on the SSD.And the overclocking guide. I am going to take it slow. Was wondering how you feel about using presets and I think the Asus Pro has another feature where it will run a series of tests and find a stable OC. I still would like to learn how to do it myself though.
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

Legitimately speaking, I would have gone for an i5 over the i7 and gotten a better GPU with the extra cash. You won't notice the difference between the CPUs in any game out there, not with only the R9 270 running. I would think that the i5 and R9 280 combination would work out better overall.

I was thinking the same thing after reading some reviews on the 4670k and 4770k in terms of gaming. I would only be running a single monitor setup though. But I already have received the CPU and GPU.

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Originally Posted by benjamen50 View Post

Yeah it would be better if you did, depending on what you use your computer for.
I do some video conversion using Handbrake and some similar programs. And I am a avid chess player and programs like Deep Fritz might fully utilize the 4770k

Quote:
Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

Drop down to a 4670k so you can get a better GPU like a R9 280X, R9 280 or a GTX 770. The ASUS Z87-PRO is overpriced for what you are getting, you can get a board that's just as good for much less and still maintain the same features like this one: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 Also, you can get 2400MHz memory for the same price as 1600MHz kit you are buying, so I would go with this kit instead: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400. Also swap the Seagate Barracuda for a WD 1TB Blue (WD10EZEX) as the Blue is faster on average. Also for an SSD, definitely go with a Crucial M500. You can get a 240GB one for $119.99 @ Newegg.com right now. You are never going to notice the speed difference aside from benchmarks between the M500 and the Evo or Pro realistically.

Saving money in these areas is very important because you need to get a real monitor ASAP or you will have a lot of unused power.

I am so glad you told me about the Crucial M500 since it seems to have really good reviews and is cheaper than the Samsung Drives. You have convinced me. Thank you so much. smile.gif That would allow me to start shopping for a decent LED monitor. I have ordered two a few years back but they were so bright that after an hour or so I could not take it.
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Where are you from? Do you have a link to various online stores?

Yes I ordered everything from Newegg. I did see a Seagate Hybrid 1TB drive that is suppose to almost rival some SSD's in terms of performance ..
Again I would like to thank everyone for all your suggestions. I only wish I had joined sooner.
post #8 of 14
I think you're referring to the Asus AI suite CPU auto over clock option which I would strongly not reccomend doing so. Manual OC in small steps is the best way to go.

Handbreak uses AVX instructions, be careful. I'd reccomend using manual voltage at all times for any CPU overclock.

If you were referring to CPU Level up (presets).

I've done it before on a i3 2120, only gained 100mhz of course.

I guess its OK to use if you don't use programs with avx instructions but you do. (Such as handbreak.)

SSD are so expensive in Australia..

120 GB for $120 AUD
240 GB for $200 AUD
Edited by benjamen50 - 3/15/14 at 6:17pm
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post #9 of 14
I wish i had seen this thread sooner to help you...i arrived late
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Originally Posted by benjamen50 View Post

I think you're referring to the Asus AI suite CPU auto over clock option which I would strongly not reccomend doing so. Manual OC in small steps is the best way to go.

Handbreak uses AVX instructions, be careful. I'd reccomend using manual voltage at all times for any CPU overclock.

If you were referring to CPU Level up (presets).

I've done it before on a i3 2120, only gained 100mhz of course.

I guess its OK to use if you don't use programs with avx instructions but you do. (Such as handbreak.)

SSD are so expensive in Australia..

120 GB for $120 AUD
240 GB for $200 AUD

I had read somewhere exactly what you said regarding automatic overclocking. I had thought maybe using that feature for a mild one would not be harmful. But I am going to take your advice and go slow was reading your guide last night. I certainly don't want to " burn my rig ". I have never checked if chess programs like Fritz use avx instructions. Am going to google that now. smile.gif

The Crucial M500 240GB is $119.99 at Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148694 and the 480GB is $ 239.00. I thought I had read that larger SSD's have a longer life span but i just started researching them. The Crucial seems to have good reviews. And Newegg is pretty good about RMA's should a problem arise. Now I have to decide if it is worth the extra
$ 120.00. Still have to look for a gaming mouse and some decent headsets. I have just started gaming again and now I want to throw my CRT in the garbage. Its 21 inches and is huge.rolleyes.gif

Not sure if this is the right place for monitor questions but I have spent quite a bit of time reading reviews on Newegg but cannot make up my mind. I would be playing in area that would be rather dark and some user reviews stated that they could not find even with adjustments to make it easy on the eyes . I would probably be looking at a 22 to 24 inch one.
Edited by rdmart - 3/15/14 at 7:13pm
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