PC Build, Overclocking, Water Cooling, Motherboard

I want to be able to overclock my PC, but I'm not sure if that involves getting a better motherboard in order to overclock and if i need to get water cooling. Here's my build so far, i have purposely left out cooling because as i said i'm not sure, and i'm open to suggestions

Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
MSI Z97-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card
NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case
Cooler Master VSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer
Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit)
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse
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  1. Where are you located? USA? Availability and prices affect recommendations.

    I overclock my i7 4790K on a 'big air' Noctua NH D15S.

    I would recommend a more robust motherboard with better powe rphases and VRMs for overclocking that chip. My best 'budget' board recommendation is the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 with 8 digital power phases.

    I would try to afford 2400Mhz memory which XMP will allow you to use and it will give a small performance advantage.
    I'd want a 240Gb SSD fro OS, applications and working files in a build of this class.
    Your GPU is a bit light for your CPU if this is a gaming system.

    There might be a cheaper PSU as good, like the EVGA B2 750W semi-modular.
  2. DonkeyOatie said:
    Where are you located? USA? Availability and prices affect recommendations.

    I overclock my i7 4790K on a 'big air' Noctua NH D15S.

    I would recommend a more robust motherboard with better powe rphases and VRMs for overclocking that chip. My best 'budget' board recommendation is the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 with 8 digital power phases.

    I would try to afford 2400Mhz memory which XMP will allow you to use and it will give a small performance advantage.
    I'd want a 240Gb SSD fro OS, applications and working files in a build of this class.
    Your GPU is a bit light for your CPU if this is a gaming system.

    There might be a cheaper PSU as good, like the EVGA B2 750W semi-modular.


    I'm in Australia and I'm asking for a recommendation for water cooling with this build, if i were to get the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5, what sort of cooling should i get, the only reason i ask for water cooling is because I'm worried about the noise
  3. Water cooling tends to be noisier than 'big air'. I'm off to bed. I'll answer tomorrow unless someone else has taken care of you.

    Go to frostytech.com and read reviews for NZXT X61 Kraken, H100i, Nepton 240, and the Noctua NH D15 and look at the cooling and noise.
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