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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by azza1989;14568050 
Hi
ive just built and setup my first rig as below but unsure whether to overclock. I have windows running from SSD and everything seems quick enough.
So what are the pros and cons?

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I would say yes, go ahead overclock!

But be weary of pushing your CPU and motherboard.

Try to keep the voltage below 1.45v (although the recommended max safe limit is 1.52v)

Just bump up the multi and leave the bclk at 100.00. Slowly increase the voltage as you need to, use Prime 95 blend test to test stability (preferably more than 6 hours for '100% stable', and 2 hours for a 'quick test')

Also make sure your temps don't go above 90'c, preferably stay below 85'c.


Sandy Bridge is one of the easiest platforms to overclock on, but there are still threads about overclocking it, here is one:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-general/910467-ultimate-sandy-bridge-oc-guide-p67a.html
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ok i will just go to 4ghz, i just change the multiplier in BIOS right?

or do i need to mess with the voltages

EDIT: didnt see the above post, thanks for the links smile.gif
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If the current performance you are getting now satisfies you, then there's no reason to overclock.
Overclock when it starts to lag.
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Pros of OCing: Makes CPU or graphics card faster
Cons of OCing: Shortens life of components, decreases stability, not supported on all hardware
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Peremptor;14568121 
dragosmp brings up a good point. If you are not going to see a benefit from the overclock (i.e., better framerates in games or better performance in anything else you actually use your computer for) don't even bother since you do use up for watts for no discernible increase in performance.

Though if you can oc it on stock voltages to 4.0 or near it... I don't see why the heck not thumb.gif...

I would beg to differ on this. While overclocking a CPU wont bring better frames, overclocking a GPU can. A friend of mine recently OC'd his GTX460. It took him from 35FPS in MS-Flight Sim X (With ultra high graphics and a few real-weather HD addons) to around 60FPS.
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Originally Posted by Z13;14568284 
I would beg to differ on this. While overclocking a CPU wont bring better frames, overclocking a GPU can. A friend of mine recently OC'd his GTX460. It took him from 35FPS in MS-Flight Sim X (With ultra high graphics and a few real-weather HD addons) to around 60FPS.

OHOHOHO I beg to differ:

http://www.overclock.net/general-processor-discussions/1083036-cores-vs-ghz-updated.html#post14449769

It does bring better frames tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Z13;14568284 
I would beg to differ on this. While overclocking a CPU wont bring better frames, overclocking a GPU can. A friend of mine recently OC'd his GTX460. It took him from 35FPS in MS-Flight Sim X (With ultra high graphics and a few real-weather HD addons) to around 60FPS.

If you read what I wrote once again or for the first time biggrin.gif you'll agree that I agree with your view on this. I did mess up saying why waste extra watts with needless overclocking though.
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Originally Posted by Peremptor;14568536 
If you read what I wrote once again or for the first time biggrin.gif you'll agree that I agree with your view on this. I did mess up saying why waste extra watts with needless overclocking though.

doh.gif Missed that "if".
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Originally Posted by dragosmp;14568086 
*bragging rights, always important

Hellz yeah got a have a big E-pennis!
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Hellz yeah got a have a big E-pennis!

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