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I have this new build coming very soon, (i hope, only afford ground shipping)

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Does anyone have any experiences overclocking 2600's? NOT the 2600k!

I'm aware that there is an overclock limit, when it comes to standard 2600s. Not sure what that limit is. Oh and btw, I have absolutely ZERO experience overclocking a CPU. I'm a god at GPU overclocking.

But yeah, ANY overclock would be nice, imo. Even if it's only from 3.4 to 3.7ghz

And if there is a decent possibilty... what would be a good CPU cooler? I got a feeling I cant use the stock cooler, being shipped w/ the unit.

Even if a minor overclock would minimally increase performance, I would still like to say, "I've done it".
    
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post #2 of 26
I think they can go to 3.8, but i'm uncertain on that.

I'm sure a Hyper 212+ for under 30 bucks would suffice for such a small overclock if stock can't handle it...
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You can only go as high as 105 BCLK with that non-K SB, wich will translate in 3570MHZ, a 170MHZ increase over stock while on load in all cores. Not worth the trouble IMO. If you still can, spend those extra bucks in a K one. Totally worth it. Whenever you can buy an aftermarket cooler and take that baby to 4.5GHz+.
A noctua nh-d14, or a thermalright silver arrow are great choices for air cooling.
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post #4 of 26
Your stock cooler would be fine for that little overclock.
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post #5 of 26
their multiplier is locked at 38x. so, while it is a locked cpu, it can still be overclocked albeit not as high as a k edition one.
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post #6 of 26
Get a 2500K if you cant afford 2600k
post #7 of 26
Get a 2500K. Having it over-clocked to 4.5GHz will smash a 2600 in everything.
    
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post #8 of 26
I have to jump on the 2500K band wagon here. I bought one and overclocked it to 4.5 Ghz without any issues and put it on sale.
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post #9 of 26
Having a locked multiplier at 38 (highest for turbo), then you can go up to roughly 4.0GHz. 105.2 x 38.

I would also suggest returning the 2600 and just getting the 2500k. Even a bad 2500k will do 4.5GHz easy.
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post #10 of 26
The problem with the non-k CPUs is that when you raise the bclk more than a few %, you start getting errors with other components. It isn't necessarily a matter of the chip itself not being able to handle it, it's everything else that gets its clock speed from the CPU, which is just about everything in a SB rig. You can use the turbo feature to boost speed by disabling cores, but it won't really help unless you run mostly single core apps.

In all honesty, I wouldn't even consider a non-k CPU unless it was strictly an office/server type build where I had no intention of overclocking anyway. If you want to OC, do yourself a favor and save up or change up your parts list to make room for a k. The non-k's aren't junk, they just have almost 0 OC potential. It would still be a solid choice for a budget rig, even a light to moderate gaming rig. It just won't be able to compete with a k.
 
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