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Hey everyone,

I'm pretty new to overclocking and I am just waiting for my parts to come in. I've built some computers before and have some basic understanding but wanted to take it to the next level. Here are my parts:


CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

MOBO: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM
and Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM for push pull method

PS: XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

HD: Barracouda 1TB
SSD: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

Videocard: ASUS GTX 680

Case: CORSAIR 300R

1) What do you guys think a safe OC would be with the rig I have? Do I have potential to OC?
2) Should I just stick with the OC Genie feature the board has for auto OC?
3) Any additional items I should buy for OCing?
4) How should I apply the thermal paste with this cooler? I have read different methods, but not sure which one to use.
5) Can anyone point me to a tutorial on how to OC for this MOBO's bios? There are tons of options and not sure which to enable or disable..
6) Any additional case fans I should buy?


I am not looking for a huge overclock, something in the mid 4GHZ range, as long as it is at a safe level.

Thanks in advanced!
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1a) What do you guys think a safe OC would be with the rig I have?
4.5Ghz is a pretty safe bet. most of the unlocked 1155 chips can easily reach it.

1b) Do I have potential to OC?
it *is* an unlocked chip you have there.

2) Should I just stick with the OC Genie feature the board has for auto OC?
NEVER. Dont use the auto OC utility, and instead do it manually. There are plenty of overclocking guides to look through on this.

3) Any additional items I should buy for OCing?
Not really. As long as the cooler is good, you have good airflow through the case, and there is decent TIM on the processor, there really isnt much to OCing in terms of purchasing stuff.

4) How should I apply the thermal paste with this cooler? I have read different methods, but not sure which one to use.
That, i dont know. I believe what you should do with any of those direct heatpipe heatsinks is to fill the gaps between the pipes and the base with thermal grease so its nice and level, and then apply it normally, but take this with a bit of a grain of salt.

5) Can anyone point me to a tutorial on how to OC for this MOBO's bios? There are tons of options and not sure which to enable or disable..
The one setting that is a very safe bet to leave on is LLC (Load Line Calibration) which i believe prevents vdroop by boosting core voltages by a small amount under load.

6) Any additional case fans I should buy?
As long as the fans currently in there move a decent volume of air and are suitably loud/quiet for you, no. If you want quieter ones, scythe gentle typhoons and slipstreams are some good ones (at least off the top of my head, i know there are some other good ones but, meh, cant be bothered to compile a good list for you.). Look around and check what is good and what isnt so you find what suits your needs.
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from most of my reading and most of my doings for oc there is pretty much 2 things to do.
1)Up the Frequency of your cpu till it is not stable.
2)Up the core Voltage until it is stable (or when you reached your comfortable temps)
rinse and repeat.
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Welcome to the club ! But please continue this in one of the OC forums, this really is for intros only- oops that means I`m in violation. doh.gif
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