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Complete OC noob, any helpful advice is appreciated.

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Hey guys, Joseph Leo here.

Long time PC builder, first time overclocker looking for some helpful advice. I recently have dropped some good money on my latest rig and wanted to try overclocking for the first time in my life. I've purchased the following setup.
  • Case: Silverstone FT03-B
  • PSU: Silverstone ST1000-P 1000W
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
  • CPU: intel Core i5 2500k
  • Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 920
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz CAS9 (4x4GB)
  • SSD: 2x Crucial M4 64GB
  • HDD: WD 3TB SATAIII
  • Disk Drive: Lite-On SATA DC-8A2SH DVD-RW drive

Quite a build if I do say so, also note the lack of GPU's. I'm waiting for AMD's southern islands gpu's and throwing them in Crossfire in there.

The Silverstone FT03 is what I believe is a cooling powerhouse. It comes stock with 3x 120mm 1200rpm 22dBA fans, 1 of which exhausts from the top, 1 more which intakes from the bottom, and another which directs air to the CPU itself. The top mounted 120mm exhaust fan will be removed and in its place will be my Antec Kuhler H2O 920 water cooler. So then, with water cooling and plenty of fans I am not exactly concerned about overheating my cpu, despite being in such a small form factor case.

What I am trying to wrap my head around is *how* to actually overclock the thing in the first place. I realize that whatever I want my clock speed to be I would just have to set the multiplier to 1/100th of the speed I want (e.g. 4.5GHz would want a 45x multiplier). However, I have no idea where I would want the voltage or if there are any other parameters and settings that I would need to change.

Finally, I have no idea what sort of software I need to actual test the thing and where I would want my temperatures to be. How do I test for stability- how long do I do it- what is the most extensive way I can test my setup and finally- what exactly am I supposed to be looking for to determine if I did something right or wrong.

I'm sorry for the huge wall of text and request, but I hear this is the best forum on the web for these kind of questions. So without further additions, I just want to say thanks for all your help guys. Can't wait to get started.
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http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uide-p67a.html
The bios will be a little different, but that explains a lot of the stuff you need to adjust for the overclock, and guides you through it.
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I've never done any Sandy Bridge OC'ing but this looks like a nice guide. As far as software, use Real Temp or Core Temp for monitoring temps. I'm sure there will be many opinions on stability testing but what I do; every time I bump up the speed I run 20 passes of Intel Burn Test, if that passes 2hrs or Prime95 on Large FFT, then another 2hrs on Blend. Once I get to the desired speed I want though I'll run all 3 tests in Prime95 (small, large, and blend) for 12 hrs. Good luck.
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