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Intel i3 530 Overclock

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Ive dabbled in AMD overclocking before but never intel. I want to try to get the most out of this cpu before I decided to upgrade, im unsure of where to start other than the vcore and bclk. I couldn't find a answer really online to what the stock voltage for this cpu is and even when I turn off intel speed step in the bios the voltage appear to still bounce around in core hwmonitor. I know the PSU I got is questionable at best but im relying on newegg reviews and the fact that it might make me upgrade sooner than later lol.

Also using Kingston 1333 value ram right now as I had to RMA my corsair ram.
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Here's a great overclocking guide. You can also play around with other settings in the bios, but Google them to see what they do. I don't remember what the stock voltage is for the i3-530, but it's not really necessary if you're overclocking. If you want to set it back to stock voltage, you can always set the voltage to auto. The voltage is affected by the current cpu multiplier, and when the cpu draws a lot of amps under load, VDroop will lower the voltage to prevent voltage spikes; so the voltage can vary.
If you're thinking of getting a new power supply, This Seasonic S12II 430B is a great, high quality power supply, and it's only $60. Around 400w is a good wattage for a new power supply for you, as it can power your system and leaves reasonable headroom for upgrades. The Seasonic probably can deliver higher wattage, as it has a more accurate rating, it will have more stable voltages, possibly increasing processor stability, and it's much less likely to fail on you.
Personally, I don't understand why people trust Newegg reviews. I get into debates with a friend about them all the time. None of the reviewers have any reputation, they're often plain wrong, and most people only give bad reviews for DOAs. Of course, they may be a pretty reliable source, but I prefer to stick to journalism and forums for parts research.
I hope that helps, good luck with your overclocking adventure! tongue.gif
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I had my 530 overclocked to 4ghz and was very pleased with the performance of that chip. I'm using it as a HTPC right now and the only fan in the case is the stock HSF.

I only vaguely remember but it's all about bclk and I was using Kingston Hyper X 1600mhz. I had to change the ram multiplier and it ended up at 1456mhz to get the 4ghz OC. I had a lot of fun with that CPU though very capable overclocker and not hot either.
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