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I want to overclock my Core i7 to 4.2 Ghz Stable

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I'm looking for advice on how to overclock my Core i7 to 4.2 Ghz stable. I would like to keep temps as low as possible, so using lower voltages that will yield a stable overclock is a must.

Can anyone walk me through setting up a stable overclock?

My hardware:

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 w/latest bios

Processor: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.06 Ghz

Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB 3 x 2GB (6 GB) DDR3 1600 in Tri-Channel

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W

Graphics: 2x EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked EE in SLI

2x 2TB Hitachi SATA HDD
post #2 of 4
Just keep increasing the FSB by 5 or so at stock voltage to see how far you can take it on stock voltages. Once it becomes unstable, increase the voltage by .5 or so and repeat. You really have to test it for yourself - different chips like different voltages.

Make sure the memory clocks and timings aren't set to automatic in the BIOS before you start. Ensure the voltage is set to the rated voltage.

Welcome to the journey of overclocking.
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I don't see any aftermarket cooler listed. What are you cooling the CPU with? If this is on the stock cooler you can go ahead and stop right now because you're not going to hit anything even close to 4 GHz using that.

Also overclocking is generally different for every chip so get yourself a drink and read this thoroughly:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...920-930-a.html
Edited by Lampen - 4/28/11 at 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by Lampen View Post
I don't see any aftermarket cooler listed. What are you cooling the CPU with? If this is on the stock cooler you can go ahead and stop right now because you're not going to hit anything even close to 4 GHz using that.

Also overclocking is generally different for every chip so get yourself a drink and read this thoroughly:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...920-930-a.html
I'm using a Thermaltake Frio.
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