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MB: ASRock 770 Extreme3
CPU: Phenom II x4 955BE
RAM: GeIL 4GB (2x2GB) 1600MHz
GPU: Sapphire HD 6850
Storage: OCZ Agility 60GB SSD
Power: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus AND Artic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Comp

That's what I bought. I put it together last night.

I know there's some room for overclocking in there, but I'm a newbie when it comes to that. I'd like the keep the system lean and powerful, but I don't want to blow the shingles off my roof or a hole through my power bill.

Where should I start?

Some particular questions:

1) The ASRock mobo came with loads of utility software... how much of it is unnecessary bloat? (IES [energy saver], OC Tuner, ATI Fusion, more junk)? (I only have 60GB SSD to play with.)

2) Should I install and use ATI OverDrive?

I don't want to have bought all of this hardware and not be getting the most value out of it. Thanks for any advice.

and Happy Holidays!!

-Rob

P.S.: Anyone know a good way to clean dust out of the vents of an old CRT monitor?
Edited by rotodoflowdo - 12/23/10 at 10:13am
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Overdrive is a part of AMD's Catalyst package.
It works if you want to OC but most people use other options like MSi Afterburner, as is regulates temps, GPU usage and fan speeds.

Are you planning on overclocking?
Looks like a nice little gaming build, is it up and running?

And 60GB for a boot drive is cutting it close.
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Yeah, it powered up first try. So far so good. I left all the screws a bit loose, anticipating having to go back in and fix things, but so far theres no problems. I would like to overclock the motherboard, at least, since I hear it was specifically built with that sort of thing in mind... same with the video card... just want to make sure I'm getting what I paid for out of these components. However, I'm not experienced with OC'ing, so I don't want to go too far with things just yet.
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No VRM cooling means you shouldn't take it too far right now. The BE is easier, however. You can probably go to say 3.5 with no issues. Aftermarket VRM cooling is available for fairly cheap.
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Not sure why you went with a 770 if you intended on overclocking
    
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I don't really know what VRM cooling is... google seems to think I should, too... Anyone care to elaborate?
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Not sure why you went with a 770 if you intended on overclocking
OC'ing isn't something I was intending from the get-go. Budget gaming was the idea. I will only overclock if it's recommended I *should* go that route in order to get my money's worth out of the hardware.

If my OC stops short of the motherboard or if you all recommend that I just forget about OC entirely, I'll be fine with that.
post #8 of 20
Voltage regulators that can get hot while OC'ing. If you want to know were they are located just look at a more expensive board and find the extra cooler near the back I/O stuff.

You can always try just bumping the CPU multi up one in the BIOS. Should put you to say 3.4. You should have no problem doing that with stock voltage and the Hyper 212 Plus. Each board OC's differently and you just have to find out how each one works and its limitations. If you do bump it up once then you want to stability test with Prime95 while watching temps. Go ahead and read one of the guides around here as well.

My board also lacks VRM cooling but I managed to go from 3.0 to 3.37 on stock voltage. No issues.
Edited by coonmanx - 12/23/10 at 10:50am
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Thanks, great advice so far... any suggestions on what else I can do? video card, maybe?

And how about all those friggin programs that came with my hardware? Is the BIOS enough for OCing?
post #10 of 20
if your parts are new you should consider taking the mobo back that will be a bottlekneck for you and will give you problems in the long run as its a cheap asrock board a good mobo is important,
no point buying best of everything and putting it on a rubbish board.
    
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