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So a couple of months ago I bought a nice rig for gaming and wanted to do some OCing (note: I'm totally new to this). My rig is:

Motherboard: ASUS p8p67 LE
CPU: i5 2500k
Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2gb
RAM: Rip Jaws ddr3 1333mhz 2x4gb 1.5v (9-9-9-24)
HD: Seagate SATA 2 1tb 7200rpm
Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
PSU: Seasonic S12II-520Bronze (ATX12v)

I don't have my motherboard with me currently. I sent it back to the store because it seems to be the reason my computer was freezing a few months ago. I think they will send me a new one in the end, but I'm not sure.

In any case, I've realized that my current motherboard is not ideal for OCing. That's too bad, because I bought my i5 2500k + heatsink in order to run it my cpu at 4.5ghz or something. It wouldn't mind going for an even higher OC either (something like 4.8 maybe) as long as it doesn't affect the lifespan of my cpu much. I'd also like to OC my graphics card and RAM if possible.

The main problem is that I'm not sure if I should buy a new motherboard in order to make good use of everything else... is it necessary/worth it? It's so tempting to buy another one online or at a local store just so I can follow most OC tutorials. There's a p8z68-v pro in a store nearby, though it's kind of expensive for me since I won't use its extra features. The fact that it has video onboard would come in handy whenever I have to look for hardware issues, but that's it. I could buy a p8p67 vanilla or deluxe online too. Is it worth it? Will I need a new PSU if I get any of these motherboards?


EDIT: I'm new to the forums and I'm not sure if it should be really in this section. Sorry if it should be somewhere else.
Edited by vhapter - 8/12/12 at 8:49pm
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I think that 4.5 GHz is possible with the P8P67 LE, but I don't know whether or not 4.7-4.8 GHz is.  If you wanted to shoot for up to 4.8 GHz, then the P8P67 would be the best.

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Before going out and buying a new board try overclocking that one when you get it back.
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You need a heavier-duty motherboard than that for OCing..8-phase with heatsinked vrms.
 
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I guess we have some conflicting ideas here. It looks like it's possible to OC my cpu, but maybe not such a good idea?

@ TwoCables It's possible, but how risky or damaging is it? The fact that every guide out there includes a feature that my motherboard doesn't have makes me feel like I'm missing something really important. On the one hand, I'm afraid there won't be much of a difference between 4.5ghz and 4.7 or 4.8, but on the other hand it could still be not so good/safe to OC my cpu with this mobo.

@ Schmuckley Heatsinked VRMs... is this a motherboard feature or do I have to do it myself? Never heard of it. Also, does having more than 8 phases make OCing better or safer?
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It is possible to overclock to 4.7 or 4.8, but is it worth it? It really depends on your chip and temps. If temps are let's say max of 80C on load and you got a good chip that's stable with 4.7 on let's say 1.25, then it would be good to go, but if it takes a whole lot more like 1.35, then no.
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Originally Posted by vhapter View Post

I guess we have some conflicting ideas here. It looks like it's possible to OC my cpu, but maybe not such a good idea?
@ TwoCables It's possible, but how risky or damaging is it? The fact that every guide out there includes a feature that my motherboard doesn't have makes me feel like I'm missing something really important. On the one hand, I'm afraid there won't be much of a difference between 4.5ghz and 4.7 or 4.8, but on the other hand it could still be not so good/safe to OC my cpu with this mobo.
@ Schmuckley Heatsinked VRMs... is this a motherboard feature or do I have to do it myself? Never heard of it. Also, does having more than 8 phases make OCing better or safer?

 

I helped someone overclock their 2500K to 4.5 GHz on the P8P67 LE and it was surprisingly easy:

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1276670/overclocking-i52500k-on-p8p67-le/0_100

 

I apologize for not showing this to you sooner, but I didn't say anything because I couldn't find this thread the last time for some reason.

 

So anyway, based on all of your specs (including your PSU), I say give it a shot.  Try to follow the overclocking process from the first post to the last.  ;)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Swag View Post

It is possible to overclock to 4.7 or 4.8, but is it worth it? It really depends on your chip and temps. If temps are let's say max of 80C on load and you got a good chip that's stable with 4.7 on let's say 1.25, then it would be good to go, but if it takes a whole lot more like 1.35, then no.

 

But he has a 2500K, not a 3570K.

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Yeah TwoCables, I know about the thread you mentioned. I'm just really scared of bsod's. My mobo was working perfectly, but after like a month and a half it began to freeze all the time. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, but computers are so troublesome at times... and I REALLY don't want my computer to start freezing again all of a sudden. I'm trying to keep it as "clean" as possible - no viruses/spyware/malware, no ilegal games/software, etc. I want to make sure I'm not harming my computer.

Would a new board be a reasonable way to avoid/reduce the odds of my computer freezing/crashing/showing bsod's, or am I being paranoid? I know it feels like I'm running in circles, but since you guys have much more experience than me when it comes to keeping a system stable and troubleshooting, I think this is the right place to ask. Sorry for my perfectionist behavior, it's going to take a while for the store to make sure my mobo is defective and send another one back, plus I'm really anxious and if getting a new mobo is the right thing to do, then I'll get the new mobo faster than my old one. Thanks for the help everyone.
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I think 4.5ghz will be possible on yor motherboard, My older p8 p67 pro could do 4.8 ghz, I went out and replaced my motherboard and can now do 5.5ghz,

See what you can do with your current motherboard, If 4.5 is possible i would stick with it
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Quote:
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Yeah TwoCables, I know about the thread you mentioned. I'm just really scared of bsod's. My mobo was working perfectly, but after like a month and a half it began to freeze all the time. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, but computers are so troublesome at times... and I REALLY don't want my computer to start freezing again all of a sudden. I'm trying to keep it as "clean" as possible - no viruses/spyware/malware, no ilegal games/software, etc. I want to make sure I'm not harming my computer.
Would a new board be a reasonable way to avoid/reduce the odds of my computer freezing/crashing/showing bsod's, or am I being paranoid? I know it feels like I'm running in circles, but since you guys have much more experience than me when it comes to keeping a system stable and troubleshooting, I think this is the right place to ask. Sorry for my perfectionist behavior, it's going to take a while for the store to make sure my mobo is defective and send another one back, plus I'm really anxious and if getting a new mobo is the right thing to do, then I'll get the new mobo faster than my old one. Thanks for the help everyone.

 

Was it overclocked?

 

If not, then I would only be able to assume that it may have been defective somehow but didn't show it right away (although, this isn't based on any experience).  If it was overclocked, then of course that would just be an unstable overclock.

 

So if it was defective, then a new P8P67 LE would be ok because it should be able to get your 2500K to 4.5 GHz pretty easily if your specific 2500K can do 4.5 GHz easily.  Although, of course, the plain P8P67 (non "LE") should be easier to use for overclocking because it has a better physical design for overclocking.  This would make it easier to achieve either 4.7 or 4.8 GHz if your specific 2500K ends up being able to do 4.7 or 4.8 GHz easily.

 

In other words, I think that even the P8P67 LE is a quality motherboard that should have perfect stability if it isn't defective.  Although, things like locking up frequently can certainly be caused by other things that don't have anything to do with the motherboard.  I can't name specific things based on experience, but I am guessing that it would be things like memory, the hard drive, or an imperfectly installed part (like a video card or even just a cable), or even something software-related.  In other words, I suppose I'm stating the obvious by saying that if it's not the motherboard, then it's still possibly either hardware-related or software-related.  Either way, the P8P67 LE should be rock-solid stable if it's in its expected condition.

 

So I'd say the only reason to get something "better" such as the plain P8P67 would be to increase the overclocking potential, depending on your 2500K's overclocking potential.

 

Regarding protecting the lifespan of the CPU, this may not be absolutely critical because you have a very good air cooler and you're only gaming.  I mean, it would be a very different story if you were dedicating your system to BOINCing or Folding while you aren't using it (or worse, as a dedicated 24/7 BOINCing or Folding rig).  This is even less critical if you're good about always turning your computer off when it's not in use.  I think it becomes even less critical than that if you use an Offset voltage because using an Offset voltage allows the voltage to dynamically adjust to the load which means the voltage sits very low when the system is idling (such as when just sitting here either typing or reading a wall of text hehehe).  For example, I'm seeing 1.008V most of the time while I'm sitting here.  I'll sometimes see 1.000V, 0.992V, or 1.016V, all the way up to 1.184V, but usually it's at about 1.008V.  For full load at 4.7 GHz, my 2500K needs about 1.368V.

 

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