Originally Posted by xquisit
Care to explain this in noob terminology? I am interested in OCn for the first time, and I am purchasing a i7 920 - D0 stepping. In addittion, I will tackle OCn memory as well. This thread has a lot of OC enthusiasts participating. I will be thankful to have any recommendations on a motherboard and memory. (I will be using a 4870, and not sure if a corsair 1000HX is overkill).
P.S. Sorry for throwing addittional questions in, but I would appreciate any answers.
No problem! The PCI-E Frequency control on the Bloodrage maxes out around 103 and will not go any higher and successfully boot. To make it go higher, you need to perform a hard-mod where you desolder a resistor from the mobo and put it on another trace on the motherboard, which is quite difficult and voids your warranty.
The EVGA Classified (and probably other boards too) do not need this hard-mod. I can boot mine at 115 PCI-E Freq no problem.
The PCI-E freq being higher allows for higher and more stable OC's.
Now, this being said, I'm not saying stop looking at the Bloodrage. It is a great board that is still capable of 4.2Ghz on a 920 D0. If you are not a hard core bencher and don't care about getting as high as possible (which is not recommended for 24/7 use anyways), the Bloodrage is a great board, especially when considering the cost/performance ratio. I couldn't get about 4.3Ghz on my Bloodrage and I have hit 4.8Ghz on my Classified, but even on my Classy, I run 4.2Ghz 24/7 so the Bloodrage will do fine.
Hope that helps. Now, that is just my $.02 and there are people here that know a lot more than I do, but if you want a rig that will play games and surf the internet, 4.2Ghz is almost overkill and the Bloodrage is a great choice!
PS: As for your PSU choice with the HX1000, you won't regret it! I am running that PSU and it is amazing! I read somewhere (can't find the article now) that the HX1000 actually runs much higher! Corsair is well known for under rating their PSU's to meet EPA type standards.