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so i finally got to upgrading my 9 month old rig - which i wanted to do for a long time.. this is the 2nd, and probably last, upgrade i will be doing to this machine.. since my 1st upgrade only involved installing an ssd, it was pretty straignt forward *props to sean webster for having a very detailed guide for installing and optimizing ssd'*.. this time around, it'll be more difficult, simple - i guess - but not easy..

first of all, my curent rig (relevant parts):

CPU - i5-2500k (stock speed), Corsair h100 cooler
mobo - Asus P8Z68-V (just that, not 'pro' and not '/gen 3')
GPU - single EVGA GTX 560 ti DS (stock speed)
RAM - 8GB corsair vengeance

and my new parts:

- a second EVGA GTX 560 ti DS (exact same card, plus i got backplates for each of my 2 cards, which i was told helps with cooling and rigidity, not to mention it looks awesome - i think i just got it because it looks awesome biggrin.gif)
- and an additional 8 GB memory (same brand, same timings, same everything..)

so here is what i want to do with it:

- i want to run 2x 560 ti cards in SLI so i wanted to overclock my 'slightly-aging' 2500k to atleas a 4.0-4.1 clock speed (i don't wanna overdo it even if i know some people here could get it to 4.6-4.8 stable, it would produce more heat than a 4.0-4.1 overclock - and, in my opinion, less heat would make the CPU maintain its optimum performance longer i think)

so, i guess what i need help in is, how do i properly overclock my CPU? (and pls note, im a newbie when it comes to this, i never overclock anything before my life so i might need "an idiots guide" version of how to do this..

also, should i overclock my GPUs as well? and does it matter? i mean, will i get significant improvements if i did?

any help would be much appreciated..

cheers..



*sorry for the long post
    
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With a H100 you'll see an easy 4.5ghz OC just on the mulitplier alone. And that's just a case of going into the BIOS and setting one number a little higher thumb.gif

If you done that OC, and added a second card you'd have a very powerful system on your hands. (That you could possibly give to me....)
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so i finally got to upgrading my 9 month old rig - which i wanted to do for a long time.. this is the 2nd, and probably last, upgrade i will be doing to this machine.. since my 1st upgrade only involved installing an ssd, it was pretty straignt forward *props to sean webster for having a very detailed guide for installing and optimizing ssd'*.. this time around, it'll be more difficult, simple - i guess - but not easy..
first of all, my curent rig (relevant parts):
CPU - i5-2500k (stock speed), Corsair h100 cooler
mobo - Asus P8Z68-V (just that, not 'pro' and not '/gen 3')
GPU - single EVGA GTX 560 ti DS (stock speed)
RAM - 8GB corsair vengeance
and my new parts:
- a second EVGA GTX 560 ti DS (exact same card, plus i got backplates for each of my 2 cards, which i was told helps with cooling and rigidity, not to mention it looks awesome - i think i just got it because it looks awesome biggrin.gif)
- and an additional 8 GB memory (same brand, same timings, same everything..)
so here is what i want to do with it:
- i want to run 2x 560 ti cards in SLI so i wanted to overclock my 'slightly-aging' 2500k to atleas a 4.0-4.1 clock speed (i don't wanna overdo it even if i know some people here could get it to 4.6-4.8 stable, it would produce more heat than a 4.0-4.1 overclock - and, in my opinion, less heat would make the CPU maintain its optimum performance longer i think)
so, i guess what i need help in is, how do i properly overclock my CPU? (and pls note, im a newbie when it comes to this, i never overclock anything before my life so i might need "an idiots guide" version of how to do this..
also, should i overclock my GPUs as well? and does it matter? i mean, will i get significant improvements if i did?
any help would be much appreciated..
cheers..
*sorry for the long post

I would have sold the 560 and bought a single 670, Its faster uses less power and there would be no driver issues.

Overclocking the 2500K is easy, There's plenty of how to guides on the forum
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hi, sorry for the delayed response.. but i finally got my parts, got them installed and stuff.. updated my bios (phew, didn't fail), and max out all possible hardware upgrade i can do on this thing - budget wise..

so now, everything is smooth, SLI works like a charm.. significant improvements on my games and stuff - can finally run crysis on all settings maxed with FXAA on with very playable framerates (i never actually played the campaign for that game before, but now i will). but i still want to hit that 4.1 ghz stable mark.. running on asus mobo, they have a 1 button auto overclock thing, which does not work very well for me for some reason.. it gets it to up to 4.33 ghz, yea, but it gets real hot and it actually slows down my pc at times - with the occasional crash here and there.. so yea, auto overclock is not an option for me, and i do not wanna overdo it (4.1 is enough for me)

so i saw the guide u posted, and as i was reading through it, i slowly realized that it was for p67 mobo's will it work the same for my z68? i never really read through it after realizing that because i just dont wanna be confused later on if it does not work the same way.. so yea.. if it does work the same, let me know.. or if there is something else out there taylored for 08z60-v mobos with the 2nd gen sandbridge CPUs it would be great..

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selling an old card when new ones are out would be a tough ordeal.. plus i wont get much value for it since is an older gen.. but i did consider an upgrade to jsut completely swap out my card for a better single card solution - but that route is a slippery slope.. i start swapping out parts, i wouldn't be content and soon i will start swapping out more parts for newer parts (e.g. ivy bridge cpu) which is not a very smart thing, considering i dont have many free cash lying around.. plus, a dual 560 ti performs better than a single 670, and u can say i can upgrade to 2x 670 in the future, but when that time comes, there would be the 700 series cards (considering its would be PCIe 2.0 backwards compatible) i would be faced with the same dilemma of just SLI-ing or upgrading to a batter single card, like a 770 ti (im assuming - that would be a sick card tho smile.gif)

so yea.. i think this upgrade path was the smarter choice.. plus considering the card was on sale for $70 off with an extra $30 MIR, i got the card for the whopping price of one hundred and fifty nine dollars ($159).. an overclocked 560ti with custom coolers from EVGA, its a steal..

i could probably skip the current gen and next gen nvidia cards, but when the time comes when the 800 series comes out (or whatever they decide to call it) i would probably build a completely new rig for it.. thumb.gif
    
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