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I just recently decided to set up a new computer build, and I ordered all the parts from newegg (for the most part), but they have yet to arrive, so I haven't had a chance to run anything on this build yet. The build includes an i5-2500k processor and 2 Radeon 6950s to be run in crossfire.

I plan on overclocking the processor and the graphics cards a good deal (and unlocking the shaders of the 6950s if possible) eventually, but I've yet to decide if now is the best time to do so because overclocking is pretty much a guaranteed way to kill your warranty, and if this setup can run anything out there maxed at 1920x1080 with 60+ fps average at stock I see no reason to voluntarily remove my warranties until something more graphics intensive comes out.

If I had to guess I would say the processor needs some overclocking but I can probably leave the graphics cards alone for the time being, but I'd love some input from you wonderful people at OCN.

So, in short, is this build good enough to run pretty much anything maxed at stock or is it in need of some degree of overclocking? If it's in need of overclocking, would I need to overclock the graphics cards or just the processor?

Thanks in advance for the input.
post #2 of 5
Overclocking wont void your warranty unless you start doing BIOS flashes on the GPU's. (aka flashing to a 6970)

The rig at stock will max out every game @ 1080p no problems at all.

My suggestion would be to overclock the 2500K a little bit in case it's bottle necking the 6950's, so around 4.20Ghz will be fine.

Here's a small guide on achieving this if you don't already know how to OC.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uide-p67a.html

As for "unlocking" the 6950's to 6970's, they HAVE to be reference (look like the pic below) otherwise you have no chance of unlocking.



Good luck with it!

EDIT: Make sure you have a semi decent cooler on the processor!
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If overclocking really doesn't void warranties, I'll probably overclock both the cpu and gpu. I don't know why, but I was sure overclocking did void warranties; however, I've never actually run into issues within the span of my warranties (not counting ones that were very much my fault... had one of those, but didn't even try to get a free replacement) so I've never really called that belief into question.

In short, I feel pretty dumb right now if overclocking really doesn't void warranties and I've just held a completely incorrect belief for several years. Dumb, yes, but also happy that I don't need to worry about a voided warranty, so it's all good.
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No worries, it's a common problem

Good luck with it anyway
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