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I upgraded my computer buying what, according to a benchmarking site, was some of the best stuff available. Anyway, processor is an Intel i7-2600k @ 3.4GHz. I'd heard that the "k" means it's overclock friendly.

So far, when running games and such, it doesn't overheat or anything like that. I have an 850w power supply, but for cooling, I have whatever my graphics card (Geforce GTX 570) and motherboard and processor came with (the motherboard came with thermal paste I'm pretty sure).

What are the safe options to overclock it a bit? And how do I do so? Bear in mind, the only other time in my life I ever overclocked was with a previous system, and I merely used the program that it came with (which actually made things slower, not faster).
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I upgraded my computer buying what, according to a benchmarking site, was some of the best stuff available. Anyway, processor is an Intel i7-2600k @ 3.4GHz. I'd heard that the "k" means it's overclock friendly.

So far, when running games and such, it doesn't overheat or anything like that. I have an 850w power supply, but for cooling, I have whatever my graphics card (Geforce GTX 570) and motherboard and processor came with (the motherboard came with thermal paste I'm pretty sure).

What are the safe options to overclock it a bit? And how do I do so? Bear in mind, the only other time in my life I ever overclocked was with a previous system, and I merely used the program that it came with (which actually made things slower, not faster).
first what kinda board do you have?

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get to your bios, that's a start


look up overclocking an i7 920, tons of guides on those should be around here and that is what taught me with an i7 920 and a bloodrage I got 4.0 stable first try, now it's running at 3.4 and stays very cool. Also plan to upgrade cooling/thermal etc if you go bigger on the clock.
    
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Sounds like you have a lot of reading to do. You might want to start out here by filling in your system specs in the User CP under System Information.
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Well, an i7-2600K is a good beginner's CPU! Easy to overclock.
Also, are you using that cooler that shipped with your CPU? If yes, you're out of luck, Intel stock coolers are terrible. You'll want to invest at least into a Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
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Well, an i7-2600K is a good beginner's CPU! Easy to overclock.
Also, are you using that cooler that shipped with your CPU? If yes, you're out of luck, Intel stock coolers are terrible. You'll want to invest at least into a Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
He could at least do 4GHz on the stock cooler. Worked fine for me.
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So far, when running games and such, it doesn't overheat or anything like that. I have an 850w power supply, but for cooling, I have whatever my graphics card (Geforce GTX 570) and motherboard and processor came with (the motherboard came with thermal paste I'm pretty sure).

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Hi sounds like a nice setup, is this a computer that you built with your own hands? or is it prebuilt from a company or someone else built it for you?

Secondly,it sounds like you are using the stock intel cpu cooler that came with the 2600...you should upgrade to an aftermarket cpu cooler if your going to overclock...stock coolers are usually meant to only handle stock speeds/temps

If you built it yourself make sure you put thermal paste on the cpu area and then the cpu cooler ontop of it...yes the motherboard should have thermal paste already pre-applied under nb and sb heat sinks right out of the box .

Give us some more detailed information so we can better help you
Like model of motherboard...cpu cooler if its not stock...computer case that your using ect..
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