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Computer specs:

Asus Sabertooth x58 mobo
2x EVGA gtx 470 in SLI (I Overclocked these on my own last night to 720/1440/1710)
Intel i7 950 stock @ 3.06ghz
3x2 6gb ddr3 ram @ 1600
CPU cooler = Corsair H50 watercooler.
PSU = Silverstone 850 watt silver psu.
2x 500gb + 500gb Samsung HD 7200rpm (I think) > Raid 0 config for 1TB.

All sitting in a Coolermaster HAF X tower.

I think that's everything pertinent, but if i forgot something let me know.


So, as you can see I learned to overclock my cards w/ evga precision and ati tool to check for artifacts. I saw someone on evga forums who got there 470 up to 800/1600/1800, but when i tried to do this bad things happened and clock speeds were reset and the screen was reloaded after pixels filled my screen. With the cards I was wondering how much higher I could/should go?

I'm aiming to get my CPU up to about 4.0ghz if that's even feasible... don't quite know how to OC and intel cpu but from what I hear it deals with scalars and variables in the bios rather than moving a slider like with EVGA precision.

Ram I suppose I'd like to OC, but I don't know anything at all about OCing ram, or what performance it will increase.


The main game I play is World of Warcraft @1920x1080, trying to increase my numbers as much as possible in the game. I'm running everything on ultra besides shadows (which are at high) at the moment with this new OC @ a pretty solid 60fps in stormwind trade. (highly populated area for those that don't play, however this test was done at around 2-3 servertime).


So, I seek this forums guidance. What should I overclock, and what numbers should I overclock to, and HOW do i overclock safely, in order to increase my number in benches, games, mainly looking for numbers in WoW?


Thanks!
Krim.
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Welcome to ocn!

I'll start off by saying that overclocking ram really doesn't give real world benefits the same way overclocking a processor does. You might see improvements in certain load tests, but in my opinion, the risk-reward isn't strong enough to warrant the risk part.

I don't have much experience with any intels after 775, but i believe to overclock 1366, just slowly increase the bus/reference clock. After stepping up a small increment, boot into windows and run a stress test for stability. Someone else should prove more useful here.
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As kid spartan said, dont OC RAM. OC'ing the RAM wont do much for what your doing. You'd end up with more cons than pros.

your processor is a nice i7, and many people have reached 4Ghz on a 950 pretty easily as long as they're cooling was sufficient enough. Just remember OC'ing is not a garuantee. Like many of the i5-2500k people expected there processor's to hit 4.5ghz and started complaining when they couldnt get there processor to do so.

If you dont have unlocked multipliers, just slowly up the FSB as said before. Multipliers basicly increase the processor's speed only, while FSB increases many of the parts speed and the processor's.
For FSB, do small increments up and up and test for stability using Prime95.
For unlocked multipliers, just hit the multipliers up where you want it and if its not stable and you get BSOD, just go down a notch and see if it works, and so on.
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I began by researching my motherboard and CPU for common results. Here is a start for you.
Each chip/CPU is different, your goal of 4.0Ghz should be easily attained. Now to find the correct voltages for complete stability and low temps is part of your process.
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Thanks for all the help guys! really appreciate it!
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Okay, So i looked into the bios and I was having trouble finding a way to set a custom mhz goal. There were some presets one was 3.3 and the other was 3.7. I set it to 3.7 and rebooted and all is well.
What I want to know is are these temp numbers decent for the h50 corsair watercooler
All cores are running around 60 degrees C between 15 and 20% load while running WoW?
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60 degrees while gaming are acceptable temps. Nothing to worry about there. You should definately be able to get a better overclock, but it will take a bit of research on your part. There are lots of nice guides here on OCN that will surely help.
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60 degrees while gaming are acceptable temps. Nothing to worry about there. You should definately be able to get a better overclock, but it will take a bit of research on your part. There are lots of nice guides here on OCN that will surely help.

What should i consider Over the top temps? I know for GPU 100 C is as high as you want to go with these fermi nvidia cards. I'd assume similar temps for cpu but i'd like to keep it as low as i could.

Yeah I've been looking at guides but my biggest issue is the fact that I can't look at the guide while im doing it, and i'm afraid of hitting that f10 save button in the bios and having my computer expload. I'm running a good PSU from what I know, but i really don't want to damage any hardware.
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