New pc build with i7 3770K

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leon Obers Senior Member • Posts: 2,788
Re: New pc build with i7 3770K

philmar wrote:
MOBO: I have decided to go with a 1155 socket and Z77 chipset. I have never overclocked because my hobby is photography not voltages, latency, multipliers ect. I never liked going in to the BIOS and trying to figure out what to do.

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I read now that some ASUS mobos like Sabertooth Z77 and ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE have automatic OC features on them. If you don’t want to perform those complicated OC you can easily select the performance mode on the BIOS setting for painless overclock. It will result in 4.2GHz frequency with full system stability using the Core i7-3770K. This appeals to me. A LOT.

The Asus Suite II overclocking utility is probably the best way to see just how far the system might go. You can OC from the most simple Z77 Asus board. See how simple it is done:

Those test are made by software  that runs under full load. Heavy load Photoshop tasks are consuming NOT that much power as from a "testing" utility. You do want OC to about 4.2GHz.
By my own experience I met no problems tweaking OC values manually up to 4.4 and 4.5 Ghz using an Asus board P8Z77-V Pro +  Intel i7 3770K CPU.

I don't want to pay for features I won't use/don't need: WiFi, wireless features, customizable fan controls, multi-GPU support, ECC memory, surround sound, remote-control access via a smartphone or tablet.
So I can easily afford either of the Sabertooth Z77 and ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE but why overspend? Can anyone suggest another Z77 mobo that has easy OC features but less features like wireless connectivity and dual GPU support that I don't need?

Most options are already as a default possibility of todays motherboards and chip-set, in spite that you don't want to use it. Just install less, if you want less.
But IMO several options are quite handy and do have there own "quality". E.g. I don't want to mis fan-control for getting a very silent system, or EPU-settings.

Video card or GPU, the Intel i7 3770K is included already by a very useful GPU, using two monitors without a problem. Try this route first, not spending extra for a external GPU.

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