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Hi guys, so im getting an i7 2600k next month and im not sure whether to buy it at an already overclocked 4.6GHz or get it at stock and overclock it myself. I have been reading thread after thread and tutorial after tutorial on overclocking and would love to have a go however im a tad nervous about it. My CPU atm is overclocked but that was done already when i bought the machine.

I could buy it already overclocked and then go into the BIOS, look at everything and see how they done it and take pics....just in case i have to go back to stock clocks for something (i dont know what though) and redo it myself. How do you go back to stock clocks on a CPU?

Truth is im a proper noob with this territory. Just wish i had a friend that could help me lol.

What are the things i definately need for overclocking? Prime 95 etc...

Thanks in advanced for helping a noob with OC
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post #2 of 23
Should i overclock myself or not? sounds like your gonna plug a usb into your head

Buy it pre-over-clocked and see how it goes, The thing is you can always overclocks it yourself just reset the cmos and it will go back to stock
post #3 of 23
Do it yourself, just keep voltages and temps reasonable and there is really no danger. Its pretty easy to OC, especially the SB chips.

I'd buy the CPU in sealed box so you know its not some reject from a big binning whoever is building this for you did.
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post #4 of 23
JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS


oh...you mean OC your machine. I would say learn to do it yourself. Then your next machine you will be good to go. Plus it is fun...do you think I really need to be overclocking? No, not really. It is nice, but not needed. I could just buy hardware that runs faster at stock. However, i enjoy it.

Plus, just because you can buy a pre-overclocked system does not mean the supplier truely tested everything. It may not be completely stable (well, technically nothing is ever 100% stable, but shoot for the 99%)
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post #5 of 23
hmm, tricky one.
Your call really,
Either have fun overclocking yourself but you will void your warranty.
or
Buy preoverclocked which is fully tested and stable, and still get 1 year warranty but have no fun overclocking.

Depends on your viewpoint really, is oc'ing stressfull or is it fun for you?
    
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If I were you, I'd do it myself.
Since tweaking IS the fun part for me. (Also you'll learn a lot by doing it yourself...Actually the only way to really learn is to do it yourself... well, not just OC, it applies to many things in life...)
So I don't want anyone to take the FUN part of building and OC computer.
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post #7 of 23
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Lol....overclock myself.....i can see how some of you read that now

I know the place i get it from will test it for 48hrs doing benchmarks and whatnot. I still dont know. I guess if i knew the basic steps to take then i would be more confident. I mean, do i just up the mulitplier then the vcore?

Can you guys think of any time where i may need to put the clocks back to stock?

Also, what are the things i definately need for overclocking? Prime 95 etc...

I would find it fun i think, but if i got to a point where i didnt know what i was doing and couldnt get a stable system then i would go crazy and stress out.
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post #8 of 23
Where are you getting it from?

Scan or overclockers uk?

Prime 95
Cpu-z
Hwmointor

The only time you would need to put it back to stock is Heavily unstable/temps are sky high/there is a problem with the cpu or mobo
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Where are you getting it from?

Scan or overclockers uk?

Prime 95
Cpu-z
Hwmointor

The only time you would need to put it back to stock is Heavily unstable/temps are sky high/there is a problem with the cpu or mobo
Im not sure as of yet.

Thanks for the software info . Prime 95 is the test, Cpu-z is the temp of the cores...that right? What is Hwmonitor? (Actually i will look that up myself and not be lazy lol)

I have formatted and reinstalled my OS on my current rig, but have read things about overclocked systems sometimes having issues with it? Hence why i thought i might have to go back to stock at some point and then overclock myself anyway.
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post #10 of 23
Cpu-z shows the core speed e.c.t hwmointor show you the temps of your cpu/gpu/motherboard. also shows voltages really good

If you get it from scan or overclockers uk they do really good jobs on all systems and they test very hard to make sure its stable .e.c.t
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