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I'm fairly new to overclocking a computer, can someone tell me how? I have an intel i7-3930k if that has anything to deal with it.
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First off, welcome to OCN bro! grouphug.gif

Don't worry Intel OCing will be along soon enough! thumb.gifbiggrin.gif

EDIT: And DAAAAYYUM you got a nice CPU to OC jelly man, jelly
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post #3 of 21
If you meet the hardware requirements (Z77, a decent heatsink + thermal paste), then you CAN overclock.
It depends on your BIOS, what board do you have?
Also, just in case you're trying something, DON'T TOUCH YOUR BCLK.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/225371/intel-cpu-essentials-collected-guides

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Fill us in on all the hardware you have. Power supply, motherboard, cooling solution, case etc etc.
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I would spend time researching and so forth for a couple days just to take in all the information first. Find out max temps and voltages that are safe for your particular cpu as well.
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That said, here are some guides that you can follow:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1198504/complete-overclocking-guide-sandy-bridge-ivy-bridge-asrock-edition/0_100
http://www.overclock.net/t/1247413/ivy-bridge-overclocking-guide-with-ln2-guide-at-the-end

Basically, you want to increase the CPU multiplier until you're unstable (can't boot windows). Then increase the voltage until you can. If you can boot, then run OCCT/Prime95/some benchmark and see if it's still stable. If it isn't, up the voltage a little bit more. Keep going at this until you hit the point were you need a lot of voltage for a minor increase in frequency (GHz), or you're CPU is too hot. At this point, work backwards a little bit (until right before it was too hot/you needed too much voltage). Stress test this (I recommend OCCT) for 5h or something and you're golden. Now you can fine tune (OC memory, decrease temps by touching other voltages, etc.).

If you tell my what board you have I can try and point you to the specifics.
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ASUS sabertooth X79 mobo.
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The sabers have a notorious problem with 16x PCIe lane dropping permenantly to 8x and requires RMA
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post #9 of 21
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Oh, didn't know that.
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Easiest way is to simply raise vcore and CPU multi. You can leave the majority of settings on auto and tweak them later if you like. Start with say 1.35 vcore and 43 multi, and work from there. Definitely read some guides so you have some idea of what you're doing, what the maximum settings are for certain voltages, etc and keep an eye on your temperatures.

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The sabers have a notorious problem with 16x PCIe lane dropping permenantly to 8x and requires RMA

How is that relevant..?
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