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Overclocking 3970x based rig?

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Hi everybody, Thanks for taking time and supporting me, in a few days I'm going to build up this rig(see below) and I'm completely noob to overclocking, I just know the general purpose of it and how its being done in general way(nothing thoroughly, just in general but not as much as actually being able to do it) Well, in a first place I'd like to know advantages and disadvantages of overclocking? I've read a lot of posts stating that OC shortens down the lifespan of particular components you overclocking, is this true? if so, how it'll overall affect on performance and what will be consequences? so here is the rig I'm about to build, I chose the each part by a lot of judgments and considerations.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition Black Steel/Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119239)

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802)

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011)

CPU: Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 150W Six-Core Desktop Processor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116877)

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133, 1.5v, CL 9-11-10-27

GPU: SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961) --> will crossfire a few months later after building the rig.

HDD: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149396)

SSD: (2x) SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192)

Liquid Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Water Cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181035) - custom high pressure fans for better cooling.

So, how far this rig can be OCed WITHOUT putting at risk any of the components for possible harms/causes? and not shortening down their lifespans? or that harm that OC cause isn't THAT much to significantly affect on overall life of PC?

So, here is what I did about choosing a ram, I picked up possible highest MHz speed and lowest CL combination that runs at 1.5v, now my question is, how hard it EXACTLY is to make this ram perform at 2133MHz speed and if this action takes lots of necessary changes? so in other words, what I need to do to accomplish to the point having my ram running at 2133MHz speed at 1.5v and decreasing to possible lowest CL it will allow me?

I'm sorry if I sound noob but I don't wanna put 2.5k rig at irrelevant risk and harm it permanently and get stuck without PC, because I'm on a laptop now, and it is pretty annoying lol, so this is going to be my first build since long ago I've done a few. So, what are the potential dangers from overclocking a PC?


I'd also greatly appreciate if anyone could take me through step-by-step easy explanation what OCing is by itself and how it's actually being done?
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I've read a lot of posts stating that OC shortens down the lifespan of particular components
This is true to an extent. As long as you refrain from going nuts with the voltages, you won't have to worry about dramatically decreasing the CPU (or GPU) lifespan.

For the RAM, you should be able to just load the memory XMP profile to make it run at its rated spec, however you might need to bump up the voltage or lower the latencies.
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I chose the each part by a lot of judgments and considerations.
Now is not the time to buy a 3970x when IB-E is right around the corner. More importantly, how do you justify an Extreme series CPU, when you can get identical performance for half the price? You should get a 3930k or even better, wait for IB-E and get a 4930k, which should launch in September.
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Got the same processor and mobo coming real soon (only diff is i got 2400mhz corsair ram i guess it doesnt changes anything) and i'm wondering the exact same questions, especially the step by step part : P
Edited by quakeas - 7/10/13 at 12:07pm
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Titan@1150mhz Dominator Patinium 2400MHZ 32 GO Samsung 840pro 128GO Samsung 840pro 512GO 
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WD 1TO VELOCIRAPTOR Ek Blood/Tygon 10/16 , 2 loops (Mobo+CPU 480mm ... Windows 8 Pro Viewsonic VP2770 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3970X@4,8Ghz Rampage IV Extreme Titan@1150mhz Titan@1150mhz 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Titan@1150mhz Dominator Patinium 2400MHZ 32 GO Samsung 840pro 128GO Samsung 840pro 512GO 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD 1TO VELOCIRAPTOR Ek Blood/Tygon 10/16 , 2 loops (Mobo+CPU 480mm ... Windows 8 Pro Viewsonic VP2770 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
QPad 85K Cooler Master 1300w silent hybrid pro Corsair 900D Zowie FK 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Goliathus Edifier s730 DT 990 Xonar Phoebus 
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