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My suggestion is based on what I just purchased (partpicker didn't have my RAM). Both with and without a new GPU. I paid $360 out the door and there is a $10 mail in rebate for the motherboard too! I haven't met a game yet with my new setup that didn't run brilliantly. I'm even getting a decent fps in the Star Citizen alpha...which apparently is hard to do.
With GTX 960 S-SC 4GB GDDR5:
I would not take a risk on finding the bios that will overclock some boards, much better to get a unlocked CPU.
It is absolutely no riskier than updating your bios...I would not take a risk on finding the bios that will overclock some boards, much better to get a unlocked CPU.
Im not sure you can flash back to those versions after you put the 'new' one on? Not sure.Plus i read that when overclocking these non-k CPUs it wont show the CPU temps.
And finding the overclocking bios is pretty easy, Just roll back to version 1 or 2 of the bios and thats it
Did you test it properly? Meaning, there was a 'fix' bios that stopped that kind of overclocking which, I thought, didn't allow you to roll back and overclock. What version were you on and what did you roll back to?
I think the non OC bios changes the microcode level in the CPU... but the BIOS where you could overclock doesn't change it back.
I could be way off though, LOL!
Rolling back didn't work on the z170-deluxe I tried it with. Caused the bios to be unstable until I went back to 1801. I have a z170-pcmate as well with a lock i5, but haven't played with it yet. BIOS has never been updated however.