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Hi everyone!
I have been lurking around overclock.net for a while, but today I made an account.
I have learned a bit from some very bright overclockers who use this site, but I still consider myself a beginner.

I just bought all new components to build a rig, and I can use any tips or advice you may have.
I consider myself a mild gamer … My priorities are more AutoCAD, Photoshop, Fireworks, Audio/Video editing, Browsing etc.
So I just want to do a fairly mild overclock. I purposely bought a quiet case and fans because I value silence and I know that I won’t have smokin’ hot components from hours of gaming.

Some of the items I bought (that relate to overclocking) are the following:
- Gigabyte X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard
- Intel Core I7 3820 Quad Core 10MB 3.6GHZ LGA2011 Processor
- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores 797MHZ 1280MB DVI Mini-HDMI Display Port Video Card
- Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbyte 16GB 4X4GB PC3-17000 DDR3-2133 Quad Channel Memory
- OCZ Z-SERIES 850W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply With 135mm Fan
- Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink CPU Cooler

My goals are:
- a mild overclock
- maximize performance without getting too hot
- run about 4300mhz
- RAM remaining at 2133mhz
- Mild video card overclock

Should I just simply do a 43x100 multiplier (from 36x100) to get to 4.3Ghz?
With that setting do I need to change voltage?
What is your opinion of Gigabyte Easytune 6?
What are good settings for the EVGA GTX560Ti with 448 cores?
Did I buy decent components? … Will I be happy with this stuff?

Again, thanks in advance for any tips or advice …
Cheers from Canada, and Happy Easter!
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The build is heavy, for a non gamer those components are extremely fast. For someone who actually utilizes those components for professional purposes they should serve you well.

Unless you plan on gaming I doubt that you will see a noticeable performance difference from overclocking that i7. If you do tons of audio/video compression and encoding it would be noticeable, but I assume most people multitask while waiting for a file to finish so the small % difference wouldn't really impact you. If you find yourself waiting on processor heavy effects in photoshop or something then that is when I would try overclocking the system, but honestly I doubt you will really need to. At the very least just use the system at stock settings for a while, and decide if it's worth your while to overclock. It is fun so I understand if you choose to either way.

Secondly I'm pretty sure you have the right idea when it comes to overclocking the i7, I've only done it on an i5 2500k but that is how it worked. Also you probably wont need more voltage at that clock speed with your cooler.
I would not use ANY built in overclock tool, they are always going to choose an extra high voltage and low overclock to make sure it works on as many chips as possible, even pretty bad ones.

As for your video card, there is no need to overclock it unless you notice in game performance suffering. The card you selected is an excellent performer as well as an excellent overclocker, and it should max out every modern game unless you are using some crazy awesome multiple monitor setup. If you do plan to overclock it I would suggest getting an aftermarket cooler like you did for the processor. I personally think the Antec 620 mod is an excellent cooling option if you do want to overclock your GPU while keeping noise low. Also it may get fairly loud if you do play modern games totally maxed out, as taxing it 100% is going to heat it up enough to really make that stock cooler work hard.
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post #3 of 10
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Thanks Subcutaneous,
Great to get a knowledgeable reply!

You are probably right ...
I do a lot of multitasking and have a lot of programs running at once, but realistically I might not even need to overclock.
I probably will run everything at default settings for a while just to see ... I am sure that I will be happy with the speed, and will very rarely max out any component.
I am glad to hear you thought the components will be good (or too much) for me ... It's sometimes a bit of a guessing game based on positive product reviews or friends!

Thanks again!
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post #4 of 10
Yeah, run at default. That 560 ti 448 is a boss video card, good pickup. You should be fine, and don't use the built in OC software. its not as reliable.
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Edited by eus105454 - 4/5/12 at 1:46pm
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post #6 of 10
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Thanks for the info ... much appreciated ... Keep the comments and tips coming! thumb.gif
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The only tip I can think of is this: If you do notice that speeds are not where you want them, before you go overclocking/upgrading run a few programs to see what's holding you back. A lot of people assume something is the cause of a perceived slow down when in fact it could be due to some other part. If you do find something not responding the way you want it, monitor you CPU usage % and how much RAM is in use. If neither of these are at or near 100% it's totally possible that your hard drive read/write speed is the limiting factor. If you ever find yourself taxing that graphics card GPU Z is a great tool that will monitor temperatures and % utilization in the background and save the figures to a file so that you can see what temperatures/utilization was like when you were trying to max it out. For graphics card there are even some applications designed to keep it at near 100% utilization so that you can find your peak possible temperatures and maximum stable overclock. For your processor the program Prime 95 will be able to put it at 100% on all cores, and there are other similar programs. Definitely a must if you plan to overclock the i7 because you can't tell if it's a stable overclock until you load the processor 100%.

I don't know of a good program to monitor CPU/RAM usage that will record it in the background. I know task manager will give you the data, but it is more tedious to watch the active readout while trying to tax a machine with you regular tasks. Maybe someone else on the forum will know of such a program.
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post #8 of 10
Like Subcutanious said; the 560 Ti is a great card. I've overclocked mine a bit - nothing crazy though. After the overclock I saw a gain of about 3fps in games which helped with the droop during action packed times. However, like he said - if you're not going to be gaming I doubt you'll need to OC it. She can handle anything you'll need outside of high end games. Also, Mine has the MSI Twin Frozr 2 cooler which performs very nicely. Let us know how the build goes!

Good Luck:thumb:

EDIT: I realize we have different models of the 560 Ti, but I'm sure the performance of yours is even better!
Edited by brendon-mac - 4/5/12 at 2:58pm
post #9 of 10
Also; I DEFINITELY suggest you invest in an SSD for a boot drive. I switched from a WD Raptor to an OCZ Vertex3 a few weeks ago... and the performance blew me away.

Reduced Windows load time + snappy application response + zero HDD noise + faster everything = GRAVY

my 2 cents biggrin.gif
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Hey Brendon-Mac ...
Guess what kind of boot drive I bought a couple of months ago ... an OCZ Vertex 3 120gb!
Great minds think a like I guess!
TigerDirect.ca had a sale so I bought 2 ...
My storage drive is a Caviar Black 1Tb ...
You can see all of my gear for this system in my signature ...

Thanks again ... and I agree, the difference between HDD and SSD is UNBELIEVABLE unless you see it with your own eyes!
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