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Hi peeps.

I'm now in the planning assembly phase of building my next rig, and I'm looking for some feedback from people with experience overclocking. The parts list of my new rig is as follows:
Total cost: AU$2318

Intended usage:
  • High-end gaming
  • Video game design & development
  • 3D rendering & animation
  • Audio production & mastering
  • Playing DVDs while doing any of the above.
This will be my first overclocked rig. At this point I plan to overclock the CPU to at least 4.2 GHz, and I may consider ramping it up as far as 4.6 GHz, depending on how well the build responds. Is this overly ambitious for this kind of setup? What issues am I likely to encounter, and what issues have others encountered when pushing these boards/CPUs that far?

I must stress that my primary interest in overclocking is for added performance. I'll probably benchmark the final build just for kicks, but I'm less interested in benchmark scores than in how the rig performs during normal use. If system stability or heat dissipation become even minor issues, I'll have no qualms about lowering the clock speed a few points.

Please note: I don't plan to overclock the GPUs at the moment. With two already factory overclocked 580s in SLI on a board which limits dual PCIe bandwidth to x8, overclocking them some more seems superflous.

Thoughts, suggestions and constructive criticism are welcome.
Edited by GameDev - 7/29/11 at 4:13am
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Hi peeps.

I'm in the planning phase of building my next rig, and I'm looking for some feedback from people with experience overclocking. The parts list is as follows:
  • Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD
  • CPU: i7-2600K
  • GPU: 2x Gigabyte GV-N580SO-15I (in SLI, dual monitor setup)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x 4GB bundle)
  • Cooling (CPU): Corsair Hydro H60
  • Cooling (case): 2x 120mm (front, top) & 1x 240mm (side) fans
  • PSU: Corsair HX1050
  • HDD: 2x Seagate 7200.12 500GB
  • ODs: 2x Liteon (DVDR + DVDRW)
  • Case: Aito C1901
  • OS: Windows Ultimate (if it matters)
Intended usage:
  • High-end gaming
  • Video game design & development
  • 3D rendering & animation
  • Audio production & mastering
  • Playing DVDs while doing any of the above.
I'm planning on going with a similar build with the same mobo. You should get really good speeds! A recommendation around here is the Samsung Spinpoint F3 (both in 1tb and 500gb configurations) if you're looking for a stable hard drive.

The GPU's in SLI will be excellent, what monitor/s are planning to use?

You might want to have a look at the Corsair Hydro H80 and H100's. They are new and apparently better.

Intel Core i7 and the RAM will be great for video editing .
 
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A recommendation around here is the Samsung Spinpoint F3 (both in 1tb and 500gb configurations) if you're looking for a stable hard drive.
I've been using Seagate for about 12 years with no stability issues, but I'll check out the Spinpoint.

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The GPU's in SLI will be excellent, what monitor/s are planning to use?
As yet I haven't settled on any particular model or manufacturer. Right now I'm using a single ViewSonic 19". I plan to give my current rig a holiday for a while and continue using this monitor, and will look at new monitors sometime in the future.

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You might want to have a look at the Corsair Hydro H80 and H100's. They are new and apparently better.
Thanks for the tip, I'll check them out.
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As yet I haven't settled on any particular model or manufacturer. Right now I'm using a single ViewSonic 19". I plan to give my current rig a holiday for a while and continue using this monitor, and will look at new monitors sometime in the future.
Seems like a waste to use SLI'd GTX 580s with a single 19" monitor...at least a nice 27" monitor...
 
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Get AX850 instead
750w is enough to run that system even with overclocks.

You will enjoy the AX850 silence when its on idle.
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

other than that looks great!
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Get AX850 instead
750w is enough to run that system even with overclocks.

You will enjoy the AX850 silence when its on idle.
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

other than that looks great!
Umm what? 750w is enough so get an 850w PSU? Go for a 750w PSU?
 
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AX 850 is nice, 80 gold certified and provides a little headroom for the build
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Seems like a waste to use SLI'd GTX 580s with a single 19" monitor.
I quite agree. Still, I can only fork out so much cash at one time, and even with only one monitor, the card in my current rig has issues with some of the programs I use.

All things in their proper order.

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Get AX850 instead
750w is enough to run that system even with overclocks.

You will enjoy the AX850 silence when its on idle.
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...alculator.html

other than that looks great!
That link was helpful, thanks. How accurate it is for this rig though? The calculator does mention a dual GTX580 setup, but I imagine the SOC variants pull a little more juice than their vanilla counterparts. I'd probably want to throw in an extra 100W for that reason alone, meaning I'd be pushing the limits of 850W, and would probably opt for the HX1050 simply for the added headroom anyway.

Noise when idle is a non-issue for me btw; If my rig is left on, it isn't left idle. When my computer goes idle, it goes off - for security, safety and efficiency reasons.
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Idle also goes for any non-intensive tasks, such as browsing, word docs, or watching a movie.
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Didn't realize the 580's were OC'd. Then i agree that you will want the HX1050.
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