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Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I bought my current setup a few years ago with the intention of learning a bit more and overclocking it to get a little more out of the expensive-at-the-time technology.

I'm just getting around to that..

It's funny why though. Haven't been playing too many games lately. Actually, they all run fine. I just run a lot of applications for work and Firefox keeps crashing. (I think I ought to pare down Firefox/a few other things to free up some RAM (and buy some more) but overclocking won't hurt as far as performance..)

I've been reading a lot but there seems like one thing you just have to ask:
What's relevant when discussing general overclocking?

I tried to write it out so people can understand where I'm coming from.

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Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45
Intel Core 2 E8400 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W
OCZ Reaper (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4
Win7 x86

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm
About right? Should I bother including the power supply or heatsink if it's not about one of those components? Am I missing anything?

I just downloaded EasyTune6. If you don't hear from me.. well.. send help.

edit: hah, the first thread I went in to, I saw that everyone's signature is pre-made for it.
post #2 of 7
power supply is always a good thing to list. it can help us help you solve your problams. and it can also tell people what GHz you were able to achieve what what power supply. another good thing would be your ram. (manufacturer, type, and speed.)
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Not sure what you mean. What is relevant to the act of overclocking? Well, your motherboard, CPU, Ram, cooling, PSU, and thermal paste are all relevant to overclocking, and some more than others (which motherboard you have is more relevant than which thermal paste).

Or are you asking what is relevant when talking to others? In that case, just put every component in your little system info thing and everyone will be able to see what you have and help you accordingly.

Welcome to OCN.

EDIT: Don't use any Windows program to overclock your CPU. Always do it from the BIOS. It is much safer.
Edited by leafan101 - 11/6/11 at 7:55pm
    
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Oh, I just meant for this to be an intro but I can see, with all the questions, why it was moved here.

Thanks guys, I'll list everything and stick to BIOS.

(I have to admit, I tried to get EasyTune6 and it wouldn't install. (My MOBO is supported.) I guess I'll learn the right way to start.)
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You will want to start OCing by NOT touching any of your voltages. once you understand all of the multipliers/ram timings/speeds/thermal allowances THEN you can start to tweak the voltages. Or at least that is how I would suggest learning, as that is how I did . I like to start off research with 1 simple step. find the most basic application of what you want to do. so, try Wikipedia-ing overclocking. Wikipedia is a good database for generalized information, although take it all with as much weight as a grain of rice. It's like talking sports, I can bull **** you all I want about how much I know about water-polo. But you will have no idea *** I'm talking about until you read the rules/learn the language. Once you learn what you want to learn, it makes the process much easier to handle logically and gives you a good starting point .
Edited by The_Hairy_Yak - 11/8/11 at 4:14pm
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to the user cp good sir and fill out specs...then you will have a sig rig
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Well... if you want to overclock that PC, you've got a great motherboard and chip for it...

First steps first... get CPU-Z (search google for it) and run it... Then tell me what revision your chip is... E0? If its E0 we'll get you screamin in no time. No reason you can't overclock that processor easily to 4.0GHz with minimal voltage.
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EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
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