This is my first built, I really love it.
I bought most of the parts while during the week of for Black Friday.
Processor: I got one of the best best processor deal during the holiday sale, $199 +tx for i7-4770K !!!
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 plus is very good, very impressed with the cooling performance, even at 4.5GHz the temp never crossed 41.
Motherboard: Asus Z87I-DELUXE is feature packed card no doubt. Only minor concern is I have is USB 3.0 header is bit towards back, hence USB3.0 case cable of 304, bit short for a proper routing.
RAM: Got a decent deal on this, low profile. I got advice from other in pcpartpicker to stick with DDR3-1600.
Case: I love the case, payed bit higher than the holiday deals. As I have to get this for for weekend to get the system up and running.
PSU: Corsair CX600M, got rebate discount on this, good enough for mITX. Mounted fan facing down as designed. Another good thing is the all cable connection are in the end, hence I could install larger GC without any problem.,
GC: ???, I don't have it yet. Considering to get one in a month. I open the box every day just to clean the cables (will update with new images soon with cables arranged), the main reason I am preparing for GC. Thinking of getting Asus GTX670-DCMOC-2GD5. Now as I have made the cables arranged properly seriously thinking of Asus GTX670-DC2OG-2GD5, which can make use of long case ventilation.
Any recommendation on GC under $300 is appreciated (I am an old gamer 1992-1999 :) Digger, PacMan, NFS 2 etc... trying coming back to fold after long time).
Overclock details: I am new to OC. Need help for further OC. I have attempted Auto Tuning once which gave me CPU rate of 43. But I don't have 4-Way Optimization in my suite, Not supported by z87i-deluxe board??
I have used AI Suite III software and updated the Rate to 45, it just worked without any problem. The system revs up the fan automatically and stabilized the temperature to 84.0 during 1hr stress run (100% CPU utilization).
At the rate @46 my system getting restarted once in a while (after say 5 min of stress), @47 is not stable. FYI, I haven't updated any parameters other than CPU frequency rate.
Since the CPU temperature is well controlled (thanks to Hyper 212), Can I reach above this level? What is the next step you advice?