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Hi guys, i was planning on keeping this at factory settings because of the cool/longevity/stability factor... but I decided that I'm willing to overclock this thing to 4ghz or so to squeeze some extra FPS in games. Do you think it's worth it purely for gaming purposes? I pretty much bought it purely for gaming so I think not overclocking this is a waste of money. But if it brings no FPS gains, it would also be a waste of time to overclock it.
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Many games are CPU intensive and will see benefit. Specifics are still going to depend on your GPU, settings, and the particular game.
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I saw MASSIVE improvements in Bad Company 2 when I did it. I also saw a huge increase in Battlefield 3. These are CPU intensive games that scale very well, BF3 in particular seems to scale with everything you do to your system. A small bump to my GPU overclock netted me great results almost immediately.
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Many games are CPU intensive and will see benefit. Specifics are still going to depend on your GPU, settings, and the particular game.
i have a GTX 570 SC at stock settings also. My goal was to max out BF3 performance.
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it would help us if you fileld out your PCs specs as to what hardware you have.

but in the meantime, i have an older i5 750 thats been @ 4ghz since the day i bought it, it hasnt given me any problems yet, and i notice a huge difference between stock and 4ghz, i had to replace my cmos battery the other day, and tried starting up at stock, it literally felt like it took forever.

this is OCN, we thrive on overclocking, if you have a sandy bridge i5, you can probably push it farther than mine with little to no temperature impact.

for the gaming aspect it always helps, so does a higher clock on your GPU
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i have a GTX 570 SC at stock settings also. My goal was to max out BF3 performance.
You aren't going to be able to max out BF3 when the retail game ships. Dice said themselves that a lot of ultra options were not in the beta build, see: most textures, dx11 options, etc.

With that said, bf3 scales really efficiently with cpu, and oc'ing a 2500k will give you good gains.
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Hi guys, i was planning on keeping this at factory settings because of the cool/longevity/stability factor... but I decided that I'm willing to overclock this thing to 4ghz or so to squeeze some extra FPS in games. Do you think it's worth it purely for gaming purposes? I pretty much bought it purely for gaming so I think not overclocking this is a waste of money. But if it brings no FPS gains, it would also be a waste of time to overclock it.
If you stay on stock voltage, your cpu won't heat up anymore than it will at stock speed. Some people have gotten up to 4.5ghz on stock voltage. To answer your question, it really depends on the game. Most games will have a small improvement, but RTS games with thousands of units on the map or flight simulators will see a much larger improvement.
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it would help us if you fileld out your PCs specs as to what hardware you have.

but in the meantime, i have an older i5 750 thats been @ 4ghz since the day i bought it, it hasnt given me any problems yet, and i notice a huge difference between stock and 4ghz, i had to replace my cmos battery the other day, and tried starting up at stock, it literally felt like it took forever.

this is OCN, we thrive on overclocking, if you have a sandy bridge i5, you can probably push it farther than mine with little to no temperature impact.

for the gaming aspect it always helps, so does a higher clock on your GPU
well, honestly im kinda freaked out by overclocking the vid card but if it makes relatively huge gains... i'll do a mild overclock. and yeah, i have the sandy so i think i can still overclock it 4ghz with the stock cooler without hitting over 75c.
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You aren't going to be able to max out BF3 when the retail game ships. Dice said themselves that a lot of ultra options were not in the beta build, see: most textures, dx11 options, etc.

With that said, bf3 scales really efficiently with cpu, and oc'ing a 2500k will give you good gains.
sorry, should've worded it better. i mean max out the performance of what I have. is there any way to know what an OC to 4ghz might translate to FPS gains?
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sorry, should've worded it better. i mean max out the performance of what I have. is there any way to know what an OC to 4ghz might translate to FPS gains?
Here are some benchmarks:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/...ssors_review/4

There will be gains, and it is not that difficult to oc the sandy bridge line. you might as well jump in, and if you tweak the settings correctly you won't even have to raise the voltage.
So there can be no downside if done correctly.
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