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If I am in the wrong section I apologize before hand.

This is my first time attempting and overclock because I heard its really simple with my motherboard. (Components below)


Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX16GX3M2A1600C11
OS HDD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Storage HDD: 2 3TB Western Digital Green drives, 1 2TB Western Digital Green Drive
Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Every fan spot has a fan)
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink Rev.1

I know I am missing my GPU, I was waiting for the Nvidia GTX 680 and its out now but sold out! mad.gif

Anyway, I heard that ASRock motherboards are relatively easy to OC.

My CPU temps are as follows:

Idle (w/full fans): 29c
Idle (w/low fans): 32c
100% Load (w/full fans): 51c
100% Load (w/low fans) 55c

I also noticed one core gets hotter than the rest significantly well at least to me (the second highes during the 100% Load (w/low fans) was 51c )


Am I ok to overclock this thing or do I need a better cooling solution?

Also, any instructions on how to OC this thing! Haha I know ASRock has a Software OC and obviously I can OC from the motherboard as well.


Thanks again! thumb.gif
post #2 of 4
What a good post, and 4 days with no response?

For Sandybridge, anything over 90 C can cause damage. The general consensus is not to let it get over 80 C, just to be on the "safe" side. So yes, your cooling is fine. A reasonable strategy would be to back off the overclocking once you see temps in the 70's C. So, your cooling is acceptable.

To get a good overclock, your need to over-volt it a bit. A little bit of voltage goes a LONG way, so take your time. Keep it below 1.4 V regardless of your temps,...or we start have to factoring in other complicated things.

One core will always be a little hotter. Every Sandybridge does this, so don't worry.

Okay, here at OCN we have "sticked" thread in the Intel section. There is some great guides! Read the sticked threads, and come back with questions. We will be more than glad to help.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1137173/ivy-bridge-sandy-bridge-e-discussion-news-thread/0_50 <-- Sandybridge guides Here.

http://www.overclock.net/t/792461/amd-overclocking-guides-essential-threads/0_50 <-- Here is the AMD stickied threads. You have a Intel processor, but some of the AMD overclocking guides are a little easier to read. For the AMD guides, about 90% of the still applies to Intel processors.

Make sure to stress test after you overclock and watch for temps and stability.

That should get you started. Let me know if your still lost after reading those guides.
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YA, it's true, overclocking the 2600k in the bios is the easiest thing to do, just take your multi and make it 42, for 4.2 GHz, start from there, (you should be able to leave your CPU voltage on auto) that will give you an instant 900 MHz boost and will be able to see a nice increase in performance. Anything past 4.2 and performace increase becomes less noticeable. Anyways GL smile.gif

Also for minie I used 1.45 and 49 multi, for an easy 4.9 GHz, HT on, 2600k is super easy and are binned high.

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Thanks a lot for the help! I will check out that thread and your recommendations! Thanks again to the both of you.thumb.gif
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