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I'm getting REAL close to having all the parts for my new build, see below, and I wanted to ask a few questions that I can't seem to find the answers to in the forums. They may be a little obscure, but here it goes.

1) When overclocking, should I just build the basics of the computer and go from there? What I mean is install the MOBO, CPU, Cooler, RAM, SSD for OS, and then bios overclock using motherboard display ports. Or should i just Build the entire system and then start overclocking? I was thinking, without another hard drive and video card, I would limit possible problems. I would add them later and any problems that pop up, I would know where they were coming from, especially since I want to overclock my 570 to get a 580.

2) I understand that finding the limits of my CPU and overclocking will make my computer freeze or just not even boot. What is the best way to get the system to reset? I see in pics of my motherboard that there are two buttons, one looks like a power button and the other says "reset", is one better than the other to use when trying to get back into the system?

I'm sure I'll have more questions as the process continues; Hell, I still have to get the main guts of the build. Anyways, Thanks for the input, as always the best, and I'll make sure to re-read the guides I've found here, on Clunk.org/uk, Asusrog.com and pureoverclock.com. thumb.gif
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Only running with the essentials and adding in as you go isnt a bad idea. But really when it comes to OCing your only problem areas are 3 of those. Your Mobo, CPU and mem (if OCing it too).

As for the reset. Just hit the reset button. Hold down the power button. Or flip the PSU switch in that order. Most of the time you wont need to actually do a hard reset. Normally only happens when OCing ram. 90% of the time you will get a BSOD or the system itself will reset. Asus Bios will make you enter setup if it thinks that you failed on an OC.
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