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Hello all!

I really like this site,it's full of useful information. I'm in the process of building me a gaming rig,after weeks of flip flopping from one GPU to the next (and losing some hair in the process.) I've decided on the EVGA 560 TI SC. So I want to know,when is there a need to overclock,and is the difference noticeable? If monitors have a cap of 60hz,why shoot for higher if it will make no determinable difference. I only ask this because the info will further help me in my decision before I buy a card, and I see and read about it so much on the various forums and videos I've watched. None as best as I can recall have said anything along the lines of the question I've asked.

My system will have:
Sabertooth 990FX MB
Amd Phenom ii x4 processor 980 BE
32GB of RAM-Corsair Vengeance 1333MHZ
Seagate Barracuda 750GB,7200rpm HD
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Evga 560 TI SC GPU
SSD----undecided,but I will be getting one.
PSU....undecided,but it will be between 800w &1000w

Please share your opinions,comments, and suggestions on anything you see fit.
Edited by Sabartuth - 2/25/12 at 11:22pm
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I would always overclock my cpu first. Then the gpu. You oc your gpu to get better frames rates in a game you are not happy with. Also, for me at least, it isn't the maximum fps that matters it is the minimum. OC'ing can really helps this. If you buy a superclocked gpu their may not be much head roon left.
Also, some games like oc'ed gpu's (BF3) and some don't (Skyrim).

MSI afterburner is an excellent oc tool.

Read up on your gpu before you start. Find out max voltage, temps, etc.

Good luck.
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My opinion-- If you only have a 60hz monitor, then having more than 60fps is not your goal.

Your goal is to keep that 60fps with even higher graphical settings, or throughout the various different scenes and circumstances you will encounter with a game. If you already can keep 60fps with maxed out everything with one game, you still may not with another (especially future releases).

I like to use EVGA Precision to OC my units. Setting different profiles to universal shortcut keys allows me to switch between stock and various different degrees of overclocks, or for seeing what the individual impact of either core or memory overclocking has. thumb.gif
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My opinion-- If you only have a 60hz monitor, then having more than 60fps is not your goal.
Your goal is to keep that 60fps with even higher graphical settings, or throughout the various different scenes and circumstances you will encounter with a game.

Precisely. biggrin.gif Having an average, maximum, and minimum of 60fps is a worthy (and easily attainable) goal. When your minimum FPS are so high, the game feels fluid like never before.

Course I use v-sync and a lot of people don't, but I can't comprehend how nano-seconds (if any) delay is a worthy trade off for the horrible screen tearing.

To OC, MSI afterburner works with pretty much anything. Oh, and GF104/114 overclock like crazy. Very noticeable, scales wonderfully with higher clock speed.
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My opinion-- If you only have a 60hz monitor, then having more than 60fps is not your goal.
Your goal is to keep that 60fps with even higher graphical settings, or throughout the various different scenes and circumstances you will encounter with a game. If you already can keep 60fps with maxed out everything with one game, you still may not with another (especially future releases).
I like to use EVGA Precision to OC my units. Setting different profiles to universal shortcut keys allows me to switch between stock and various different degrees of overclocks, or for seeing what the individual impact of either core or memory overclocking has. thumb.gif

Mostly this. 60 FPS is the goal if you only have a 60hz monitor. The onlything I want to add to this is as some one who loves EVGA cards to death I don't recommend their program much. It has been known to cause issue's with lots of different things. Flash and game's are the most common. Recently a RL friend had a problem with a few game's CTD(FallOut3 and some others) turned out to be a problem caused by EVGA persision running. changed him to MSI and everything works fine now.
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Perhaps my habit of not updating fulling-functioning programs kept me clear of said issues with Precision. wheee.gif
Good to know, though.

Either way-- I definitely could not oppose recommending MSI Afterburner over EVGA Precision.
It has great compatibility, all the features EVGA Precision needs secondary apps installed for (EVGA OC Scanner and EVGA E-LEET), and most would recommend it, as well. thumb.gif
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Perhaps my habit of not updating fulling-functioning programs kept me clear of said issues with Precision. wheee.gif
Good to know, though.
Either way-- I definitely could not oppose recommending MSI Afterburner over EVGA Precision.
It has great compatibility, all the features EVGA Precision needs secondary apps installed for (EVGA OC Scanner and EVGA E-LEET), and most would recommend it, as well. thumb.gif

lol, it seems to be a random quirk with EVGA persision. Some people get it, others dont. It didnt happen on my back up rig, but when I try the 460 SLI in my intel set up I cant use it, some game's CTD.

What is worse is that MSI afterburn is identical to EVGA persision.I mean it really looks like they both used the exact same program, and only alterd a few tiny tiny details to call it their own.
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Just looking at ur build, if it is for gaming, u may want to drop a little less money on ram and either go an i5 or get a better gpu, I have a 560ti and it won't max bf3, not quit, but I also have never used more than my 8 gb of ram, so if I was you I would get less ram and more gpu
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^ Can't say I wouldn't agree with that.
A better CPU probably wouldn't be too big a factor, but GPU definitely would.
Maybe Sabartuth intends to have a large RAM drive or something.
Not sure what else I'd do with 32GB...

I thought GTX 560 Ti could max BF3...?
Maybe with a good OC...?
... or perhaps that would just be the 448 core edition...
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^ Can't say I wouldn't agree with that.
A better CPU probably wouldn't be too big a factor, but GPU definitely would.
Maybe Sabartuth intends to have a large RAM drive or something.
Not sure what else I'd do with 32GB...
I thought GTX 560 Ti could max BF3...?
Maybe with a good OC...?
... or perhaps that would just be the 448 core edition..
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nope, no 560 can. Unless there are 2 of them in SLI.... might still be short on VRAM though.
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