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So you can see my system build below. its all built now and I am bored so I want to start overclocking it.

The main reason I want to OC is to get a better performance in Crysis 1. However I don't exactly have the best video card, would this bottleneck my CPU?

I would probably go for a mild OC to begin with, like 4GHz. would this see a decent performance rise?

I mean, surely there is no point in overclocking the system for 24/7 use if I dont notice the difference?

thanks for any help guys.
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I don't see how your system is not good enough for C1 as it is. What do you mean by not having the best video card? 6850 can handle Crysis easily.
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It can handle it, definitely. but will I be able to boost the AA etc (i think i have it at about 2 or 4 now) with an OC, or is that run on the GPU?

I read alot of reviews saying the 6850 was a bad card. So far i havent seen anything bad to say about it, other than every now and again it flickers, or it does this weird thing where it seems like the screen is split in half for a split second, before "re-attaching" itself. Dont know what the terminology would actually be. like the bottom part is lagging behind the upper part.
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It can handle it, definitely. but will I be able to boost the AA etc (i think i have it at about 2 or 4 now) with an OC, or is that run on the GPU?

I read alot of reviews saying the 6850 was a bad card. So far i havent seen anything bad to say about it, other than every now and again it flickers, or it does this weird thing where it seems like the screen is split in half for a split second, before "re-attaching" itself. Dont know what the terminology would actually be. like the bottom part is lagging behind the upper part.
This screen splitting is because your framerate is higher than the refresh rate of the monitor. All GPUs do that. Check if your monitor is set to 60Hz and set it to 75 (or the max supported). You can also enable "Vsync" from the in-game options of each game that has the issue, or from the AMD control panel (warning: Vsync will reduce the framerate considerably. If you enable it, enable "tripple buffering" too).

AA is processed by the GPU, overcloking the processor won't help you with that.

Also, on resolution 1080p (or close to that) you don't need AA more than 4x. You just won't see the difference.

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Edited by ronnin426850 - 5/26/11 at 3:43am
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Yeah man the 2500k is built for over clocking dude. If you don't care about the looks to much get a noctua nh-d14, there a beast. Or if your case has the space for a radiator get a xspc water cooling system. It'll set you back $130 but thats very good for a water cooling system. And if you set that up properly youd have 4.5ghz 24/7 stable. (This is what im doing) As for the gpu if you can get some decent cooling on that you can get that slightly overclocked. The 6850 isn't a bad card either. Sure it isn't revolutionary but it won't bottleneck you to heavily but ultimately if your using it for gaming you will get better frames with a better card. But for 24/7 use if you overclock a processor the system will be a little be more snappy.
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I was planning on getting a 100Hz LED TV soon, would that fix the framerate/refreshrate issues?

Hell, I'll probably just overclock it for the sake of overclocking. Thats usually the point, right? ;P 4GHz shouldnt degrade my CPU, i have got a decent enough aftermarket cooler and the temps have a lot of headroom.

i cant afford water cooling, and to be honest i wouldn't know where to start. that, and the fact that my case has no hope of fitting a rad inside....

I appreciate the help guys, epecially ronnin426850 for enlightening me on my refreshrate issues.
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I was planning on getting a 100Hz LED TV soon, would that fix the framerate/refreshrate issues?

Hell, I'll probably just overclock it for the sake of overclocking. Thats usually the point, right? ;P 4GHz shouldnt degrade my CPU, i have got a decent enough aftermarket cooler and the temps have a lot of headroom.

i cant afford water cooling, and to be honest i wouldn't know where to start. that, and the fact that my case has no hope of fitting a rad inside....

I appreciate the help guys, epecially ronnin426850 for enlightening me on my refreshrate issues.
There are very little to no drawbacks from overclocking to 4ghz+
But the gains to be had can be considerable depending on what you plan on doing with that extra speed.

Different games see different gains i play flight sim x alot and going from 4 to 4.5ghz gives me smooth fps with no stuttering atall even in the most built up areas with all sliders maxed out
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If your main reason to overclock is to get better Crysis performance, then no, you should not OC. You have plenty for that game, and the Crysis series is heavily GPU dependent.

If you're asking if you should OC 'cause you're bored, then the answer is yes, of course you should.
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