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How Important Is a Expensive Motherboard for OC?

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As title

Basically: If you are not going to OC, do you need expensive motherboards? Or should you still have expensive motherboard for other features as well?
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For a good OCing motherboard, it's better to have a good quality motherboard, which in turn means more expensive. You will be able to get a higher clock speed with better stability, as well as better voltage and less risk of hardware dying if you get a better quality motherboard. If you're only planning on a small OC, it's not as important, but if you want a crazy OC, go for a high quality motherboard.
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Well, as far as features, it really depends on the buyer in question. I, for example, don't need any special features, I don't use raid, i've never touched the "OC dial" on my board, and i'll probably never utilize the four Pci-e slots. I did pay a premium for a good board, but I could easily have gotten away with buying a cheaper one ..

Secondly, Price and oc-potential are not proportional. The P45 chipset, for example, was an excellent overclocker, even on some of the cheapest boards in the series ..

Most boards can handle average overclocks, but at some point, at more capable board is indeed needed. All boards have their limits ..
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yup. you usually get what you pay for, so i wouldnt just totally skimp on the mobo. but as far as i understand now with intel's unlocked processors the mobo wont be necessary for OC
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post #5 of 12
Many more expensive motherboard are no better at OCing than quality mainstream boards.

Surely, you want to stay away from the cheap of the cheap in most cases, but it's certainly possible to get a very capable OC board without spending too much.

Take a good look at the board's VRMs and layout. Read some reviews. Look at screen shots of the BIOS options.

As for features, only you can decide what you need/want.

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Originally Posted by intelman View Post
yup. you usually get what you pay for, so i wouldnt just totally skimp on the mobo. but as far as i understand now with intel's unlocked processors the mobo wont be necessary for OC
Unlocked or not, you need good power delivery for a respectable 24/7 OC.

Doesn't mean you need to pay an arm and a leg however.
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post #6 of 12
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Good info, thanks guys.

Can I ask another question (and don't make another thread).

What is the connection between high RAM speed and OC? Does high RAM speed only help for OC?
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The RAM has a minimum speed based on the FSB (or BCLK), with modern ram speeds of 1000+ it really is a non-issue as far as limiting any sane or reasonable OC...
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You get what you pay for. I built my sig rig with quality parts and it booted and posted on the first try and I've been happy ever since. It was my first build too. I've hear plenty of stories of people skimping on parts and couldn't get it to post, had hardware conflicts etc. My advice is get a good quality mobo and ram. Those 2 can make or break a build. It doesn't have to be top of the line but if you end up like everyone else on here you'll be glad you have the flexibility later when you decide to tweak it a little. Also get yourself at least 1600 ram speed. Anything less would be a total waste and it's pretty much the standard now anyway. It will run better regardless even if you are running it at a lower speed with the stock clocks. Don't skimp on ram unless you like having problems. Cheap ram is the cause of a lot of problems.
    
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There isn't any connection. It's simply a case that a faster ram speed in conjunction with ram timings will give you a faster pc. So your creating an entire package. You can still overclock your cpu with slow ram, but you won't be maximising overall performance.

If your overclocking with the FSB / base clock you may need to lower the ram multipier because these two are linked.
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post #10 of 12
A lot also depends on the chip....

For i7, your chip will probably limit you before your board does as long as you get one of the bigger names. Unless you are doing extreme overclocking, most $200 boards will OC the same as $400 boards.
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