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I've been using my PC for a few years now and everything has been running good. I've tried to OC a few times and haven't had much luck. I was looking to tackle it again. I was wondering if there is anything I should upgrade? SLI? CPU/GPU upgrade? I'm looking to build it for high end gaming at High or Ultra settings (Witcher 3, GTA V, Far Cry 4... mainly FPS). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have the CPU and GPU liquid cooled using a 360 + 120 rads with a push pull setup. Here are the main components:

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For the processor, i'd just overclock it. Should be pretty easy to reach 4.7-4.8 and should last you a pretty long while. What resolution are you going to play and what is your budget ?? I would look into the GTX 970 if you plan on running any of those games at your current to possibly upto 1440p.
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Sure, I can give you some advice.

i7 2600k - excellent. This is still a good CPU. Upgrading to a 4770k would only net you maybe 20% more performance. Moreover, your chip is water cooled (looks great btw) and the 2600k still had a soldered IHS and no heat problems. Those things are good for 5ghz under water, but it will take a lot of voltage. Really, it's not too hard- enable turbo, raise your multiplier, add voltage, run Prime95 to test for stability or BSODs. I would try aiming for 4.2ghz first (x42) without adding volts. If it's not stable, add volts until it is. I would try reading this guide and familiarize yourself with all the different terms and voltages, then try again.

GTX 580- this sucks. Don't bother with SLI with such an old GPU. Replace immediately. I would suggest getting a 970 if you like Nvidia and can afford it. This somewhat depends on your target resolution (1080p)? I also see you have the exact same monitor as me, in all my years on OCN I've never seen anyone else with these monitors. 2ms response time! It's the EVO monitor! (I run three of them in Eyefinity.) One 970 + a waterblock would probably have you set for the newest games for quite a while, and if it starts to slouch, you can add another. For the performance you get (on the level of a 780 or R9 290), it's actually reasonably priced for once, which is rare for Nvidia. I would definitely recommend getting an EVGA card. I prefer AMD, but if I were going to get Nvidia I would definitely go with EVGA.

The rest of your system looks great. Keep your loop, all your drives, etc. I think replacing the GPU would bring this system up to speed.
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personally I would upgrade Gpu to a 970 for DX12 support it will be a huge step up from 580 don't go SLI, I had a 580 SLI rig your PSU will probably need upgrading if you went 580 SLI and the heat they produce is crazy.
CPU you should be able to OC that to 4.5Ghz that seems to be the "sweet spot" unless you have a dud, even with a ivy or haswell they are more about power efficiency than processing power
I've had the Asus p8p67 evo I exchanged it for my MVE it was a sidegrade no real world benefits but I wanted a red theme

That's what I would do if I were on a budget but if the sky's the limit then .......
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Sure, I can give you some advice.

i7 2600k - excellent. This is still a good CPU. Upgrading to a 4770k would only net you maybe 20% more performance. Moreover, your chip is water cooled (looks great btw) and the 2600k still had a soldered IHS and no heat problems. Those things are good for 5ghz under water, but it will take a lot of voltage. Really, it's not too hard- enable turbo, raise your multiplier, add voltage, run Prime95 to test for stability or BSODs. I would try aiming for 4.2ghz first (x42) without adding volts. If it's not stable, add volts until it is. I would try reading this guide and familiarize yourself with all the different terms and voltages, then try again.

GTX 580- this sucks. Don't bother with SLI with such an old GPU. Replace immediately. I would suggest getting a 970 if you like Nvidia and can afford it. This somewhat depends on your target resolution (1080p)? I also see you have the exact same monitor as me, in all my years on OCN I've never seen anyone else with these monitors. 2ms response time! It's the EVO monitor! (I run three of them in Eyefinity.) One 970 + a waterblock would probably have you set for the newest games for quite a while, and if it starts to slouch, you can add another. For the performance you get (on the level of a 780 or R9 290), it's actually reasonably priced for once, which is rare for Nvidia. I would definitely recommend getting an EVGA card. I prefer AMD, but if I were going to get Nvidia I would definitely go with EVGA.

The rest of your system looks great. Keep your loop, all your drives, etc. I think replacing the GPU would bring this system up to speed.
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though i wouldnt say 4770k is 20% perf. upgrade (in benchamrks yes due to IPC improvements)
in games there is minimal difference in the 2nd gen. i7's and the 4th gen/ haswell refresh

upgrade your gpu to a 970 (1080p)

anything above 1080p i would say grab the R9 290 (since they are going dirt cheap)
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There's the difference between the two. The 970 is easily probably 3 times as fast as a 580, if not more.

Thought you might find this helpful.

(Also, under water you may even be able to overclock the 970 to over 1600mhz core quite easily. At these speeds, it would be much faster than a 290, 290X, 780 or 780ti. thumb.gif)
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What resolution do you use?
I would just oc the cpu and upgrade the graphics card to a r9 290 or a 970
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Grab a new graphics card, GTX 970 thumb.gif
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post #9 of 9
Just upgrade the GPU, you won't gain as much performance overclocking. Plus if you overclock, you will have to deal with some instability depending on your OC.
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