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Hey guys,

I'm building a computer for a friend, and these are the parts we ordered:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2bkQ8

He wants to be able to run most games at high-max settings on 1080p and get a constant 60 fps. This includes modern games, although he understands there are some exceptions (Metro and Crysis games).

Now I have an i5 2500k. This is the only processor I have ever overclocked. As I understand it my cpu is a monster overclocker with great temperature headroom, and I'm running at 1440p, so there was no reason for me not to overclock it.

I know this isn't the case for Haswell, but I don't really know anyything in detail. I would have to do some reading on it. So I ask you guys, for what my friend is planning on doing, could he achieve that at stock clock speeds? What kind of overclock would be good for the parts he has, and what kind of boost in fps would he notice? Overall, is it really worth it to overclock this system at all?

If it helps answer your question, he's an absolute beginner to pc builds, so whatever overclock I do for him, he'll probably never change it. So that's why I'm thinking, maybe if I didn't do it he would never notice the difference. I don't think this is like my 2500k where I can go from 3.3 to 4.5 and notice a 15-20 fps boost in all my games. What do you guys think?
Edited by apav - 11/29/13 at 11:59am
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If it has a "k" at the end, then its worth overclocking. Just make sure you get an aftermarket CPU cooler and up the core and volts when required. I have a build log (in sig) for my new computer, and I'll be overclocking my 4770k. If you're unsure about the process, just follow my build log. Will start an overclocking tutorial on the haswell next week!
 
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It's not necessary to overclock it. Most likely he'd see a GPU bottleneck before a CPU bottleneck with that system.

But I always just prefer to overclock it, because why not get the most out of your system, especially if you're paying for the unlocked processor.
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It's not necessary to overclock it. Most likely he'd see a GPU bottleneck before a CPU bottleneck with that system.

But I always just prefer to overclock it, because why not get the most out of your system, especially if you're paying for the unlocked processor.


Really? And a 770 is a pretty good card too! So he wouldnt notice any noticeable fps boost going to 4.0 or 4.2?
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For his needs I'd say no. In all honesty unless he's a benchmark queen he'll never see the difference from stock to overclock. But, you can if you want. I don't notice any real performance difference with my setup with my 3570k overclocked at 4.5Ghz over stock. Just a small bump in benchmarks. Plus he's going to be gaming on a single 1080p monitor right? Most games with the gpu you've chosen will be plenty. With the exception of games like cyrsis 3.

Regardless I'd still give it a small overclock. If only to learn how to do so on a newer cpu. Plus it's fun. Just not necessary.
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For his needs I'd say no. In all honesty unless he's a benchmark queen he'll never see the difference from stock to overclock. But, you can if you want. I don't notice any real performance difference with my setup with my 3570k overclocked at 4.5Ghz over stock. Just a small bump in benchmarks. Plus he's going to be gaming on a single 1080p monitor right? Most games with the gpu you've chosen will be plenty. With the exception of games like cyrsis 3.

Regardless I'd still give it a small overclock. If only to learn how to do so on a newer cpu. Plus it's fun. Just not necessary.

Sums it up well...most games only get a small boost in fps on overclocks...the only game that truly likes overclocks that I play is bf4 and the difference from stock to 4.4-4.5 is maybe only 8-10 fps

But like others have said I nice small OC works well and esp since u go the k version mine as well...grab the intel tuning plan for 25$
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