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I plan to mildly overclock an i7, i.e, I find them to beasts anyway so I don't mind not being extremely overclocked.

However, when they get old, it might be fun to do it (properly) so to avoid upgrading for a year.

But, do I just need an OC chipset? Is it possible to get an OC able chipset and still be horrible?

I heard of limits on memory overclocking in the cheap ones. Is it important.

And do memory modules have to be cooled especially? Is it really beneficial to get those specialized for OC?

Does GPU overclocking have to be supported by the mobo or is it unrelated completely?
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Which i7 do you have?

Yes, it's possible to have a motherboard that has the good chipset for overclocking and still be no good. For example: if you have a low quality PSU, then you may as well forget about overclocking until you get a good one.

The memory can indeed be a limiting factor if the memory isn't made for overclocking. They don't have to have any special cooling unless you're heavily overclocking them.

In general, GPU overclocking is mostly dependent on three things: the video card, your power supply, the temperature inside of your case.

The power supply is the first component to be concerned about, so what's the make and model of yours?


Edit: Of course, you'll need decent CPU cooling.
Edited by TwoCables - 6/22/13 at 3:19pm
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