So I’m contemplating a build for later this month or next month, and have pretty much made up my mind that I want an ASUS Z170-A motherboard. Now I just have to figure out what CPU I want, and what RAM.
First, i5 or i7? If I want to dip my toes into game streaming on Twitch or YouTube, would the i7 come in handy, what with the extra overhead and processing power?
Then the question is, “to k or not to k”. Despite having an i5 2500k I’ve never really overclocked it. Tried doing so once mildly to 4 GHz just by bumping the multiplier to 40 “by all cores” on my ASUS motherboard—didn’t mess with voltages or anything-- but soon had an issue where my keyboard wasn’t being recognized so I got scared and set everything back. In retrospect the problem was probably cause by something else.
To hear the motherboard manufacturers tell it, overclocking is an automatic “fire and forget” thing, but then you learn maybe it’s not so much that. I definitely don’t want to have to manually adjust voltages and such. Also I don’t want to mess with water cooling, so should I just let overclocking be? Or is it really as easy as they say now?
Finally, is a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO a decent enough HSF for either of those k processors?