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Ok, so I have a very basic level of computer hardware knowledge. Enough to have picked the parts the parts for my rig, although I did not assemble it myself at the time. Since then I have increased my understanding of the more physical workings of the components and the cords and whatnot when I needed to install another fan and some more hard drives, but I never got around to learning about overclocking it even though many of my components were made to be easily overclocked. So my overclocking knowledge and experience is zero. I know there are certain programs out there that some people use to assist their OCing in a Windows based interface as opposed to directly in the BIOS. I know that Overclocking involves changing the voltage going to the component and change various clock speeds. But really that's about it. So I have come to, I hope, the best place to get the info I need to enlighten myself on this topic and beef up my rigs power by overclocking the Processor, the Video Cards, and the Memory. I am a 3D Modeler and Texture Artist for Games, but sadly did not know the differing hardware requirements between what makes a good gaming rig and what makes a good workstation, ya know, like having 2 processors instead of one and things like that. Anyways, I'm hoping that a solid yet safe overclocking will help bring my works and render speeds up a bit as well as just the rig overall.

Anyways, I realize that this is a tall order, but I am hoping to luck out. Here is my rig smile.gif

* Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case w/ 4x230mm fans and 4x120mm fans, and an extra 120mm I added to the bottom vent.
* CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
* Cooling System: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans mounted under the top 2 120mm fans
* Motherboard: GigaByte GA-Z68XP-UD4 Intel Z68 Chipset
* Video Card: 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 HD 2.5GB 16X PCIe Video Cards in SLI
* Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit
* Hard Drive 1: Crucial M4 128gb SSD
* Hard Drive 2: Hitachi 2TB SATA III 7200RPM 64MB cache
* Hard Drive 3: Seagate Baracuda 3TB SATA III 7200RPM 64MB cache
* Hard Drive 4: Western Digital Cavier Green 3TB SATA III, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache
* Power Supply: Thermaltake TRX 1200W Modular Power Supply
* Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
* Extra Thermal Display: Aerocool Touch 1000 5.25\" Touch Screen Fan
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* Flash Media Reader/Writer: Internal 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
* Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

Thank you in advance for anyone willing to help,

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CPU needs to be OC'ed in the BIOS. It's pretty easy, just poke around in the BIOS and raise the multiplier and core voltage. These things might be labeled differently, but if you look through the BIOS enough you'll find them.

GPUs need to be OC'ed in Windows. But those are very old cards at this point. I think most Nvidia people use EVGA Precision to OC. The idea is the same, raise the core clock and voltage.

Basically, what you need to do is raise the multiplier/frequency until you can't post or the system is unstable. Generally, people use stress programs like Prime95 or x264 to stress the CPU until it BSODs. Then you raise the voltage an increment at a time until the CPU is stable at that frequency. Then, you repeat, raising the multiplier until it crashes, and adding more voltage. At a certain point, the machine will be unstable no matter how much voltage you give it, and that's your max OC.

So

Raise multiplier from 34 to 35.
Run Prime95, if it passes an hour of this you are good.
If it crashes, raise voltage by a small amount (From 1.200 to 1.210 for example.)
Test and see if it's stable.
If not, add more voltage (1.210 to 1.220, etc).

This is the general idea, but I can help you skip going from 34, to 35, to 36 and so on.

Try putting the multiplier to 45x from the beginning for 4.5ghz. You have good cooling and most i7 2600ks should do this easily. Try setting the voltage to about 1.3v and see how it does. Run Prime95 or x264 for an hour, and get a temperature monitoring program and make sure temps don't exceed 95C or so. If your temps are acceptable and it doesn't crash, congrats, you just overclocked your processor by 1Ghz.

Honestly, though, there are tons of other guides on the web for overclocking. Google is your friend? I won't be snooty or anything but come on. It's not hard to figure out and there's tons of guides of how to overclock.

If you want my honest opinion- don't bother overclocking it. Replace the whole system instead. You have 2010 hardware, my friend, in 2016. Overclocking it is still not going to change the fact that your graphics cards are ancient. Even if you get 15% extra performance out of your system, it will still probably do extremely poorly in recent games (e.g. Witcher 3 etc.)

Hope this helps.
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Yeah there are alot of overclocking guides out there, but the problem with that is, just like most info on the net, there is too damn much of it and if you aren't already fluid in the topic you wish to learn about it can be exceedingly difficult to separate the bull**** from the useful information. Even just trying to find the good guides in the overwhelming sea of **** guides is a task in and of itself. So I find that trying to find a reputable forum and get a headstart on some solid info from those who really know a hell of a lot about it serves me quite well more often then not.

Replacing the whole system is not an option as I don't have a couple grand laying around to blow on that kind of expense when I have a computer that still works great. I work for a living and not at a job that makes me rich lol. So I am forced to work with what I have. Besides, for the most part it still does everything I need it to do flawlessly. Every game I have ever tried to play ran great, programs have little to no lag, but there is no point in settling for just good enough if I can make it better. Hence my post here. Anyways thanks for the starter info. If you have any other advice or recommendations on more comprehensive "for dummies" type guides, help, as always, is appreciated.
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I'll have to look and see what I can find for you.

Tbh replacing the system probably wouldn't cost thousands of dollars because all of your hard drives, case, cooling and everything can be reused. Nothing wrong with the drives you have.

The i7 2600k should still be good for pretty much everything today.

That leaves the GPUs, which I would recommend replacing. You could get GTX 970s for around $330 each new. Or, you could go for something lesser like the AMD R9 380X, GTX 960, or used R9 290s. Getting two of either of those would give you more performance and be cheaper than buying a single high end card (GTX 980ti, $650 each).
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Try this for the CPU and motherboard overclocking: http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php?topic=4072.0

Try this for the GPUs: http://www.overclock.net/t/1273714/best-overclock-for-gtx-570#post_17551875

For the GPUs you are going to want to test them using the most demanding game you have, by just playing the game for an hour or two.

If you use MSI Afterburner it should be able to control both cards at once. It will also have an OSD in whatever game/bench you use so you can monitor temperatures. You might want to look around on the forums and see what other people with GTX 570s had for overclocks back in the day, and then conservatively mimick what they had (i.e. set voltage to maximum, fan speed to maximum, try an arbitrary number (say 950mhz) and game on it to see if it's stable).

I kind of get the feeling you're making it harder than it has to be, no offense. This isn't very complicated stuff. If you follow the CPU guide and my instructions you should at least be able to get your CPU past 4ghz. For the GPUs, just try what I said above with Afterburner and see how it goes.

I highly doubt you will fry anything assuming you have proper settings. So don't worry.
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Sweet. Thank you for all the great info. I will report back with my results. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out on this smile.gif
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