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Hey everyone. First time posting here (just discovered this site... can't believe I never saw it before). Hopefully this is in the right section. If it's not, I do apologize a head of time.

I'm about to build a new PC... so before I start with my questions, I'm just going to list everything first:

Case: Cooler Master HAF X 942 (i'm installed 2x 200mm fans on top)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme
CPU: i7 2600k
Ram: 12 GB (3 x 4GB) Dominator GT 2000mhz DDR3 (PC3 16000)
GPU: 2x GTX 550 ti (sli) [I'm running dual monitors on these right now... I'm just carrying this over from my current system to my new one]
SSD: OC Z 120gb
HDD: 2TB 7200 RPM
Cooling: Corsair H70 (for my cpu) and air cooling for everything else

So here's my question. I'm pretty much brand new to overclocking anything. Along with my first experience ever with water cooling is the current H50 I have in my system right now. I liked the H50 and I've heard great things about the H70... so that's why I'm trying it out.

Question:
Watching videos about this new UEFI replacement of the bios, a lot of the things you had to do for overclocking aren't exactly needed anymore (the FSB and what not). So with these specs that I've listed in mind, how easy is it to actually overclock the 2600k? Where do I need to go read to learn how to overclock it efficiently? I keep seeing videos of 4.6ghz, 4.8ghz, even a 5.2 ghz on neweggTV on youtube. Not sure how you determine the amount of voltage something needs.

Also, with that memory, where do I go to learn how I can set my timings to be the best? IE overall, get the most performance out of them without stressing my mobo/cpu out beyond stability.

Lastly, any tips on how I should set up my cooling to get the max performance while maintaining optimal air cooling. I've been doing some reading and I've seen you have several resident proclaimed air cooling guru's. Keep in mind I am using an H70 which will go on the back of the HAF X 942.

Thanks for all of your help guys. I'm doing my best to learn. I appreciate it all.

Michael
post #2 of 5
I like everything I see.
But a few things to note.
RAM. Sandy Bridge is Dual Channel, not Triple Channel. So 2x4GB's would be good. Unless you really need 12GB's of RAM.
GPU. You're bringing the 550Ti's from your current setup?
HDD. What are you looking at getting?
CPU Cooler. Go for the Noctua NH-D14.

But with Sandy Bridge. OC'ing is easy. Basically up the Multi and up the voltage a bit and you should be good to go. 4.6Ghz is easy as cake. 5Ghz might more voltage than you like, but that depends from chip to chip.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uide-p67a.html
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On air alone, it is "safe" to go to 4.5-4.6 ghz. Beyond that, I would prefer to go watercooling.

This is a very good read for starting OC in UEFI, just to familiarize with the settings http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overc...beginners.html
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Yea, I've been looking at comparisons of the D14 against the Silver Arrow... and actually bench marks are showing the silver arrow winning by 1-2 degree's... but aren't they all three (the h70, silver arrow, and d-14) all extremely close to each other?

One of the main reasons I was looking at the H70 was because my ram comes with a cooling unit. So I was going to use the AirFlow dual fan module for them along with the AirFlow Pro addon (links provided from newegg below to see what i'm talking about)

ram with dual fans - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145329

airflow pro addon -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181014

Obviously, the airflow pro addon isn't absolutely needed... it just like the read out on it. Everything else is for performance... that one small thing was just for looks and fun. Never had anything like it.

So with that I was scared the D14/Silver Arrow wouldn't fit.

Also, any recommendations on how I should set up my intake/exhaust on this case to utilize to most proficient air flow for overclocking? My dream is to have this cpu at a minimum of 4.8ghz every day use.

As far as the 12GB go... I'm running 6gb right now, and I do a lot. *Nerd side time* I'm playing wow on one screen at 1900x1200, while on my other screen, I usually have either music playing, or a movie/tv show playing (all of which are at least 720p resolution) and I do some encoding/decoding along with it. I usually push my system. I'm just shooting for more ram to have a little extra breathing room. One reason I thought about going with a P67 Deluxe board instead of the maximus for cache ssd - hdd purposes...
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Oh forgot to note... i'm taking a thermaltake 1200w power supply if it matters at all.
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