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Overlocking my intel i7 4820k

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So hey all I'm new to overclocking and just looking for some help for my first time. I just built a pretty nice gaming PC and I'm trying to grab as much knowledge as I can before I go tinkering around with overclocking my CPU. I'm not trying to push it to it's breaking point or anything, just trying to up it a decent bit, while keeping it stable and it's life long. Any and all useful advice is much appreciated!!
post #2 of 6
How I overclock any Motherboard, with any CPU, with any Memory
Assumptions:
You have a motherboard with an overclocking bios.
All automatic overclocking and speed controls are disabled in the bios.
All bios settings are set to their defaults, except memory is unlinked.
You know how to reset your bios.
You have this software, at a minimum:
CPU-Z, SuperPi, HwMonitor, or CoreTemp, and a CPU stress program (I like OCCT)

Overview:
Overclock the Motherboard, CPU and Memory separately, one at a time.

If you do the above, and make one change at a time you will know what is causing your OC to fail and can make appropriate corrections. Use a pencil and paper and write down each change and the result.

Procedure:
Monitor your computer by running CPU-Z, SuperPi, HwMonitor, or CoreTemp, and a CPU stress program after each bios change.

Motherboard:
You want to find the highest FSB you can use and be stable.
How:
Set the Multiplier to a low number such that your CPU runs well below its “stock” speed
Set the Memory speed such that your memory runs well below its “stock” speed.
Start raising the FSB setting slowly (maybe 5 at a time) until failure. Back off by 5 and start raising the FSB setting 1 at a time until failure.
Now you know the highest FSB you can use and be stable.

CPU:
You want to find the highest CPU speed you can use and be stable.
How:
Set the FSB to “stock” setting.
Set the Memory speed such that your memory runs well below its “stock” speed.
Set the Multiplier to its “stock” setting.
Start raising the FSB setting slowly (maybe 5 at a time) until failure. Back off by 5 and start raising the FSB setting 1 at a time until failure.

Memory:
You want to find the highest Memory speed you can use and be stable.
Set the FSB to “stock” setting.
Set the Memory speed such that your memory runs well below its “stock” speed.
Set the Multiplier to its “stock” setting.
Start raising the FSB setting slowly (maybe 5 at a time) until failure. Back off by 5 and start raising the FSB setting 1 at a time until failure.
Now you know the highest Memory speed you can use and be stable.

When you know all three, maximum FSB, maximum CPU speed, and maximum Memory speed, you can put them all together in the bios and have a pretty good overclock.
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FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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Logiteck G400s none 
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Thanks, I'll probably download those programs tonight and get set up to start tomorrow after work. Another question, even if I could push it up real high I know that is shortening the life of the processor. Any idea what to shoot for that would be good but not pushing it too much?
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Don't know, I'm an AMD guy.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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i7-4820k Asus Rampage IV BE evga 1080ti FE w/ hybrid kit 16 GB G.Skill Trident X 2400mhz  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120gb Samsung 840 EVO 1TB Samsung Blu-ray Corsair H110 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 10 Asus PG278Q Ducky Shine 3 - blue led - cherry mx browns Seasonic Platinum-1000 
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Dimastech Easy V3 Mionix NAOS 8200 Mionix Ensis 320 titanium HD  
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i7-4820k Asus Rampage IV BE evga 1080ti FE w/ hybrid kit 16 GB G.Skill Trident X 2400mhz  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120gb Samsung 840 EVO 1TB Samsung Blu-ray Corsair H110 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 10 Asus PG278Q Ducky Shine 3 - blue led - cherry mx browns Seasonic Platinum-1000 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Dimastech Easy V3 Mionix NAOS 8200 Mionix Ensis 320 titanium HD  
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From what I have seen do not go over 1.4 volts on cpu
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G.Skill F3-12800CL10-8GBXL Sandisk SSD DVD WRITER BLU-RAY WRITER 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
CUSTOM LOOP VISTA 64 ULTIMATE windows 10 pro Philips BDM4065UC 40" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM STORM QUICKFIRE TK SEASONIC SS-850KM ACTIVE PFC F3 RAVEN 03 Utech Smart laser mouse 
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