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How do I overclock my core i7 960 setup?

post #1 of 5
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Hey, here is the system I have had for a while:
CPU: core i7 960
Motherboard: EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR X58 RTL
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz (24 GB)
PSU: OCZ700MXSP 700W RT
GPU: XFX|HD-687A-ZNFC HD6870 R
case: Apevia X-Trooper (200mm side fan + 4x120mm fans)

I have heard that this CPU may not be the easiest to overclock, but that it can still be done and yield a lot more speed. If I could go back in time, I would spend a little more on a core i7 2600k instead, since I found out after building my rig how much newer and better the Sandy Bridge K-series are. Anyway, I have never OC'ed anything before, and I need a lot of help getting started and seeing this through. I'm not looking to do anything too extreme, just a solid performance boost, maybe around 4.0 GHz or a little higher. Currently, I only have the stock CPU cooler, which leads to a couple more questions: 1) what CPU coolers do you recommend for under $80 (my case has 2 water cooling holes in the back plate, so if that is an option, I'm interested) and 2) just out of curiosity, how far could I get just using the stock CPU cooler? Thanks for helping a noob.
post #2 of 5
for around 85$ you can get a Noctua, If you are not going to spend that much there is only one other cooler I would suggest, CoolerMaster Hyper 212+25$. King of budget coolers.

You should not attempt to overclock those chips unless you have a good aftermarket cooler. Watercooling starts at around 200$ for a RASA kit
post #3 of 5
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Thanks a lot. How do you think those two fans stack up against each other, i.e. is the Noctua worth the price difference?
post #4 of 5
like anything, there are diminishing returns as you increase the price. Personally, if the Noctua fits, buy it! Its THE best cooler you can get. It takes temperatures out of the equation(to a point), and lets you overclock happily. If you chose to purchase one, check the comparability charts on the Noctua website, they are very good, maybe the best ive seen from any computer parts manufacturer. It sits wide, so tall ram heat sinks pose potential issues, the chart will tell u.

The Hyper212+ is tall but slim, get it if you can cough up enough cash for the Noctua, or the Noctua wont fit

btw noctua fans are some of the most quiet fans you can get!

hope that helps
post #5 of 5
Hi,

Shouldn't have any problems getting to 4.1-4.2 with the 960 and
high end air or closed loop water in push pull configuration.

960's not any different, other than the early 920's as to clocking
until get into the hexes.

Later
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i7-930 4.51 HT on Asus P6X58D-E Sapphire 7970 OC Edition 1250/1650.1.200v Corsair Dominator 1600@1723 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial 128 M4 Boot-WD 640 Sata3 Storage Plextor/ Samsung 600.5- 3 Rads-Micro Rez-355 Pump Win 7 64 bit he 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 26'' 1920x1200 Logitech G-15 CM 850W Modular Gold CM 690 II Advanced (Swiss Cheezed) 
Mouse PadAudio
RatPaz GS SB Titanium- Bose 2.1 
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