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I know the answer most of you all will give me already; given the sites name...
But with my current setup, I like to game, learning Adobe CS5, and do video conversions (for my iPad)...
I am wondering if it's worth overclocking my processor since everything in my system is stock... I have been reading over and over on how to overclock and the benefits (making this $650 processer faster than a $1000 processor) but is it really worth it?
My goal that I had in mind would be 4GHZ and reading into all the coolers, I am leaning towards the Corsair H70 (and see most people with a custom WC setup would criticize this) but I am new and there would be no maintenance required and seems to fit right in my Antec 1200 case...
I saw the benchmarks in gaming and was not impressed with the overclock (like 5FPS more in MAX frames)... and know that with all 6 cores being used, everything would be a significant difference...
A reason I have not overclocked yet is because of instability... which I hate... I wouldn't want my computer to walk on egg shells crashing in the middle of my favorite game...
Is it worth it? shall I give it a try... I know right now that I hate the stock i7 970 cooler in performance mode as it sounds like a leaf blower...
Suggestions and critiques are welcomed...
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post #2 of 27
You could definitely try it, make a profile for your stock settings, and then a profile for your overclock - use the overclock profile when you want to play around with it - don't use it as your default until you have run a lot of stability test (24 hours of prime95 blend) - H70 is a great cooler, not the best performance for the $$ but they keep your processor cool and quiet.

You might want to look at the dramatic difference in rendering times - it can take several minutes off of a long work load with an overclocked processor. 4GHZ is a very attainable overclock on a i7 970, they have lots of potential left in them
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post #3 of 27
I recommend you give it a shot.
Overclocking can be both fun and frustrating.. but it's the kind of frustration that makes you want to try even harder to get it right.
The advantages of overclocking can rarely be seen with gaming, unless playing a game that pushes the CPU such as Grand Theft Auto IV. You'll definitely notice the extra clock speed when it comes to working in Photoshop with high resolution images and when converting video though.

As for aftermarket cooling, I recommend you get either the Noctua D-14 or the Thermalright Silver Arrow, whichever you can get a better deal on. Both beat out the H70 in various tests.
For what it's worth, I personally have my computer right next to me on my desk and the Silver Arrow is on full blast. I have pretty sensitive hearing and it doesn't bother me one bit.

Stability is not an issue if you use the proper software to test your overclock prior to using it 24/7.
Edited by VanillaCena - 5/3/11 at 6:14am
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Overclocking is always worth it ...
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Originally Posted by Chris13002 View Post
I know the answer most of you all will give me already; given the sites name...
But with my current setup, I like to game, learning Adobe CS5, and do video conversions (for my iPad)...
I am wondering if it's worth overclocking my processor since everything in my system is stock... I have been reading over and over on how to overclock and the benefits (making this $650 processer faster than a $1000 processor) but is it really worth it?
My goal that I had in mind would be 4GHZ and reading into all the coolers, I am leaning towards the Corsair H70 (and see most people with a custom WC setup would criticize this) but I am new and there would be no maintenance required and seems to fit right in my Antec 1200 case...
I saw the benchmarks in gaming and was not impressed with the overclock (like 5FPS more in MAX frames)... and know that with all 6 cores being used, everything would be a significant difference...
A reason I have not overclocked yet is because of instability... which I hate... I wouldn't want my computer to walk on egg shells crashing in the middle of my favorite game...
Is it worth it? shall I give it a try... I know right now that I hate the stock i7 970 cooler in performance mode as it sounds like a leaf blower...
Suggestions and critiques are welcomed...
That's why there is a little thing called Stress Testing. If you want to overclock, prepare to spend a large amount of hours making sure everything is 100% stable.

It is worth it, because you can get very good performance increases with Overclocking.

CPU clock increase is almost 100% linear with performance increase, unlike GPUs.
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The H70 does still require to be taken care of. Dust > fans > radiator. And the H70 doesnt contain very much liquid. The liquid will increase in temp if you run 4.0 for 24/7 use. How many watts of heat can the H70 remove, and for how long? I'd recommend Ã* high-end air cooler instead. Unless you can make the H70 radiator efficient/cool enough.

Either way! I like your thinking and good luck with the build
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post #7 of 27
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Thanks for the response. I was going towards the H70 because of spacing. To get to 4GHZ I think that the H70 should be more than enough to suffice. Also I have a side fan on my Antec 1200 to cool the video cards which is neccessary and won't want the huge heatsink to get in the way.
My choices for aircoolers were the Promilatech Megahalems or Noctua D14.
Then for sound levels, I was going leaning towards the H70... I was going to take off one of the stock fans on the radiator and use the Antec 120mm front fan and use that as a pull-push on the top fan... custom setup that seems to work with others...

I think I will start this overclocking this weekend and post up results. The profiles are definitely a good idea as I forgot my ASUS MB even had those...
I was thinking 20 BCLK and 200 QPI to set my ram at optimal speeds at 1600 mhz...
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I don't think many people NEED to overclock...it is just really fun. In the past I loved it when I bought cheaper hardware and got it to surpass benches of more expesive hardware at its stock speed. I looked at it as cost savings back then. Now I water cool and buy high speed memory and actually put money into it. My PCs have turned into my hotrod basically...and they take up less garage space.

Cheap water cooling is about equal to expensive air cooling...in both performance and price.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 5/3/11 at 6:25am
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An unstable overclock shouldn't even be called overclock. The fun it's to get it running at its max potential but with stability, and that's the hard part...
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Originally Posted by lambecrikas View Post
An unstable overclock shouldn't even be called overclock. The fun it's to get it running at its max potential but with stability, and that's the hard part...

Most people dont have Ã* room full of ln2, so i have to disagree. Stability/stable extremely overclocked rigs will ALWAYS crash at some point. So "Max potentional" and "stability" dont go hand in hand
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