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First time overclock : i7 - 860 on Gigabyte P55M-UD2

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I've decided to overclock my processor for the first time, instead of switching to haswell or ivy bridge-e.

Here's my current build :

Motherboard : Gigabyte GA P55M UD2
Processor : i7 860 stock
Power Supply : corsair CX430
SSD : Intel 160 GB
Hard drive : Seagate 2TB 7200 rpm
Graphics Card: Radeon 5770
Memory : Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2x4)
Case : Antec Three Hundred

Here's my projected upgrade:

Motherboard : Gigabyte GA P55M UD2
Processor : i7 860 @ 3.6 GHz
Air Cooling : COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO
Power supply : Corsair Hx650 - 650W - 80+ Gold
SSD : Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB
Hard drive : Seagate 2TB 7200 rpm
Graphics Card: GTX Titan
Memory : Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2x4)
Case : Antec Three Hundred

I read it's good to replace the HYPER 212 EVO fan with the Coolink SWiF2 120P - 12 cm fan, is that really required?

I'm interested in any advice on the upgrade, and if you can point me to guides on how to achieve the overclock safely, and tutorials for overclock noobs.

Thanks.
post #2 of 7
I had the 860 with a stock 212 EVO and it ran just fine. So i am going to say no it is not required. however, you may want to rethink that gtx titan purchase. I was originally going to go with a titan but then i noticed a gtx 780 with a 10% overclock is about the same as the titan and costs 350$ less. I went with the EVGA gtx 780 ACX.
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Hi, thanks for the input.

You are right Titan is not worth it for gaming, but I plan on doing some GPU rendering with it (Octane render) and for that the amount of memory is essential. Also it is CUDA only, otherwise AMD would be even better value.

I have done some research, I have a few questions :
- I watched a youtube video of the 212 EVO install, and the reviewer complained that it tends to not be firmly attached to the motherboard, and showed how it wobbled. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzwyobBDw8c ). Did you have similar problems?

- For the overclock process, I read it's better to first lower multipliers and maximize BLCK, and then gradually raise multipliers/voltage. Is that ok?

Initially I didn't want to overclock, but then I realized i7-860 overclocked to 3.6 GHz is similar in performance to stock 4770k. Instead of buying a new motherboard and processor, it's enough to get a fan and a power supply, for same performance. Better wait for 8 core haswell-e to invest in a new architecture. Also, my CPU is 3 and half years old now, so if I mess up, it's not such a big deal as if I had fried it a few days after buying it. I started checking out the bios options and I'm impatient to receive the fan and power supply to begin the fun.
post #4 of 7
In your case the titan is worth it. I did not have that issue with teh 212 EVO. As far as overclocking goes I used to overclock but now i don't so I would ask that question on the overclocking section of the forums. The guys over there know just about everything.
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where is the overclocking section please?
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post #7 of 7
Provided you've got a half decent after market cooler you should be able to up the FSB to about 220 with no problems and little need to change anything else. Having said that I would recommend ensuring you lower your memory (RAM) divider so that it doesn't run over its factory speed.
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