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My First OC i7 960. Very new to this :)

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Hello all, I just signed up today because I've recently decided I wanted to overclock my i7 960 which will be arriving in a few days along with the rest of my new gaming computer. I've been reading some basic guides and how-to's because I wanted to do it myself, but the more I read the more scared I got. I'm a hardcore gamer, I know how to build computers and I can solve all my families computing problems, but I felt this was a bit above me and I did not want to kill my new computer that I've been saving up for, so I thought it would be safer to just ask help from the best overclocking forums

Heres the specs of my brand new computer arriving at my house in a few days:

CPU: Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960
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Mobo: EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Memory: Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV7312G1600ELK
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Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 590 CLASSIFIED Limited Edition 3GB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI express 2.0 x16, 3xDual-Link DVI, DisplayPort, HDCP Ready, QUAD SLI Ready, PhysX, 3D Vision Surround Support Video Card
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If you need any other specs, let me know.

Ok so what I want to do I think is pretty simplistic, I just want to overclock my CPU to 4.0GHz, I've read alot about people saying just get a 920 and save money, but I do NOT want to talk about that please Its already on its way so theres no going back now lol. So if you guys could please please help me with a simple step by step on how to do this, I would greatly appreciate it!

Oh and the other thing I wanted to do was buy a heatsink for my CPU, normally I dont bother with cpu heatsinks, but since I'm going to overclock I think I will need to, but I dont know which one is good. I want a good and quiet heatsink, I can afford in the $50 range (perhaps more if it would make a big difference), and preferably something not complicated, I've never installed a heatsink

Any help you guys can offer (and suggestions/better ideas) is more than greatly appreciated!
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Just take your time, do your research first, and take baby steps.

Research includes motherboard specific settings that can make your entire over clocking experience futile.

Start with a goal you'd like to achieve, and spend about a week shooting for it. Keep in mind EVERY overclocking step to know if you're stable requires hours of stability testing.

A quick tip for beginners is to TEMPORARILY put your voltages on auto and see what the chip requires under load.
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Thank you for responding!

Ok sure I get what your saying, then First I'd like to try some very safe Overclocking just to get familiar, so then my question is what is a very safe and slow overclocking method I can practice?

I've read a few general guides but it never said anything about this thing called BLCK which i read about somewhere else etc, very overwhelming and confusing scattered info.

Basically can anyone point me in the direction of a very safe tutorial for i7960 that I can practice with?

Thanks ahead of time
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I have a 960 and I'm sure like for myself 4.0 is nothing for this cpu. Especially being its 3.2 stock as is. The main question here is, what will it be cooled with? I would say 3.8 is probably the furthest I would go with a 960 on stock cooling.

Also a great tip that was mentioned was keeping your voltage on auto to see what your headroom is. That is a key step (which deserves +1) because you start out knowing exactly where your play room is. I can assure you this: you won't end up bumping your volts up that much for a stable overclock, so as long as you have the proper cooling.

Edit: Also add all your computer specs Here. You'll get allot more answers when members can just look at your specs at the bottom.
Edited by MisterAutomatic - 5/10/11 at 10:09am
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Alright I updated my specs on the forum like you recommended.

Also when it comes to what type of cooler I'm going to be using, Really I'm open to suggestions. I was asking someone online and he said that the "Scythe SCRT-1000" is good and easy to install, but I think it might be too big, and really I'm just not really sure what I should get.

I am open to suggestions on what kind of heatsink I should get as well.

EDIT: on another forum somoene recommended the Noctua NH-D14, I know its a bit more expensive, but expenses aside, what do you all think about it? I want more than one opinion before i buy it u know.
Edited by MrFroho - 5/10/11 at 11:57am
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