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Old October 25, 2012, 10:02 AM
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Well I have been holding off for a long time on buying Intel but I finally picked up a i5 2500k cpu and have been searching around for a good deal on a budget good overclocking motherboard and have spotted a MSI z77g41 for 85.00 at new egg but before I go any further on things like price matching I am just wondering if anyone has any info on if these boards are decent for OCing? I know this may look funny but I want to try to find a board for under 100.00 lol
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Old October 25, 2012, 11:48 AM
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I do believe it will overclock a 2500K, if that is your question. Looking at the VRMs and the power components it looks like it will be pretty limited on the overclock side. It probably even has a voltage limit in the BIOS, but I don't have direct experience with the board. Generally MSI assigns a number to their boards and the lower the further down the chain it is. I believe the flagship is GD80>GD65>GD55>G45 and logically putting the G41 at the very bottom of the list. Not knocking the board though, it is going for $72 after rebate on Newegg so take that into account. If you are looking for a mild overclock I think it would probably work just fine.
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Old October 25, 2012, 11:55 AM
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Isn't there a z77 g43 model?. It may be sightly better, otherwise I'd look at the 55.
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Old October 25, 2012, 12:29 PM
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they do have the other boards I am just looking for any that is a good OCer but is at a reasonable price.
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Not sure about OC'ing. It doesn't have any VRM heatsinks, not sure if you'll be able to increase the voltage on your chip much if at all.
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Old October 25, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Not sure about OC'ing. It doesn't have any VRM heatsinks, not sure if you'll be able to increase the voltage on your chip much if at all.
VRM? video ram heat sinks I am not sure of what you mean.
oh I get it you mean't Musset cooling by using VRM heatsinks lol I had to look that up .
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That's MOSFETs.

For 20$ more, I'd go for this one instead: ASRock Z77 EXTREME3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI D-Sub USB3.0 Motherboard
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VRM = Voltage Regulator Module. It's basically what supplies power to your CPU. When you increase voltage, these things heat up more than spec, hence the need for a good heatsink.



The blue heatsinks around the socket are there to cool the VRMs
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That is what I realized after I posted that is a good deal on that board I actually am trying to price match it to get it for even less I hope they accept it.
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If you can swing the z77a-gd55 I would go that route. I used to have the gd65 and it's a pretty sweet overclocker!
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