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Sometime early this week I will be overclocking my A6-3670K with dry ice, and I will be posting my results here.
Here are some pictures of my setup so far:

My motherboard is an ASUS F1A75-V PRO, one of the best FM1 motherboards for overclocking.

After insulating the motherboard. Note that I have insulated the heatpipe that connects the southbridge to the VRMs.

Close-up of the southbridge heatsink. I will have a plastic bag (with insulating foam) to cool the southbridge and the VRMs.

Close-up of the VRM heatsink with shop towels for insulation.

Here is the homemade CPU pot with closed-cell foam insulation. I couldn't find any of that tube-shaped foam that most overclockers use, so I had to improvise with some spray-foam which is usually used for home insulation.
It was mounted on a backplate that came with my old Hyper 212 Evo. The pressure on the CPU is applied with four closed-coil springs that hook on to a wooden bracket with four picture frame hooks.

Here is a top-down view of the bag on the southbridge heatsink.

Here is the finished setup. I plan to be overclocking within the week, but Wednesday seems likely.
My CPU overclocked to 3.5GHz on air (proof.gif) but I hit a voltage wall and couldn't go any higher (actual voltage was about 1.5V, but CPUz reported a lower voltage). Hopefully dry ice will help me get a higher clockspeed. redface.gif
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VE228H Memorex MX5200 Corsair HX650 Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Logitech Z213 Realtek ALC892 Onboard Audio NZXT Sentry 2 
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Kingwin card reader Tenda 802.11N Adapter 
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A6-3670K @3500MHz 1.5VCore Asus F1A75-V PRO MSI HD 7850 Power Edition Radeon HD 6530D (backup) 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperXblu 8GB DDR3-1333 WD Caviar Blue 250GB Samsung SH-222BB Antec Kuhler H2O 620 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermaltake Thunderblade Push-Pull (2x) Win7 Home Premium (64-Bit) Windows 8.1 Preview Dell 1280x1024 LCD 
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Memorex MX2700 Corsair HX650 Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black Generic mouse 
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Just an update; today I finally got to overclock my 3670K. I ended up getting a maximum frequency of 4.4GHz, but my PC crashed and I couldn't validate the score.
However, I was able to run a few benchmarks, with mixed results.

My UCBench 2011 score ended up being about 100 points lower than when I ran it a few months ago. I'm guessing I probably didn't have the right settings.


My Cinebench R11.5 and SuperPi 1M scores were pretty good, I got 1st and 2nd place respectively on Hwbot.org

For some reason my wPrime scores were not very good. If I get the chance to bench with dry ice again, I will have to run the benchmark again.

I will have another update with pics of my setup soon.
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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB Western Digital Blue 1TB Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB 
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Samsung SH-222BE Antec Kuhler H2O 620 v4 2x Thermaltake Thunderblade (push/pull) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 
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ASUS VE228H Memorex MX5200 Corsair HX650 Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Logitech Z213 Realtek ALC892 Onboard Audio NZXT Sentry 2 
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Kingwin card reader Tenda 802.11N Adapter 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
A6-3670K @3500MHz 1.5VCore Asus F1A75-V PRO MSI HD 7850 Power Edition Radeon HD 6530D (backup) 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperXblu 8GB DDR3-1333 WD Caviar Blue 250GB Samsung SH-222BB Antec Kuhler H2O 620 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermaltake Thunderblade Push-Pull (2x) Win7 Home Premium (64-Bit) Windows 8.1 Preview Dell 1280x1024 LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Memorex MX2700 Corsair HX650 Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black Generic mouse 
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AMD FX 8320 @4200MHz 1.32VCore ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 MSI Radeon HD 7850 Power Edition Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1866 @1333MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB Western Digital Blue 1TB Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Samsung SH-222BE Antec Kuhler H2O 620 v4 2x Thermaltake Thunderblade (push/pull) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VE228H Memorex MX5200 Corsair HX650 Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Logitech Z213 Realtek ALC892 Onboard Audio NZXT Sentry 2 
OtherOther
Kingwin card reader Tenda 802.11N Adapter 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
A6-3670K @3500MHz 1.5VCore Asus F1A75-V PRO MSI HD 7850 Power Edition Radeon HD 6530D (backup) 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperXblu 8GB DDR3-1333 WD Caviar Blue 250GB Samsung SH-222BB Antec Kuhler H2O 620 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermaltake Thunderblade Push-Pull (2x) Win7 Home Premium (64-Bit) Windows 8.1 Preview Dell 1280x1024 LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Memorex MX2700 Corsair HX650 Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black Generic mouse 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Gear Head 1.3MP Webcam 2+1 Firewire 400 PCI card Inland USB expansion card Kingwin card reader 
Other
Tenda 802.11N Adapter 
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