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Alright, let's get this party started. I'm new to overclocking. I decided before I built my system I wasn't going to do it, but I can hear overclocking calling to me in the middle of the night, asking me why I never come around to see it or call it anymore. So I'm giving in. Like I said, I'm a n00b. A COMPLETE n00b, so this is gonna be a comprehensive intro for me. I'm a quick learner so it shouldn't be too hard. Might as well state my expectations beforehand. I want to find a safe and stable platform so that I can maximize what I have and keep it healthy for a long while. So it may just end up being little adjustments here and there, but if that's it than so be it. What I want from overclocking is the obvious performance boost, the ability to smoothly play Crysis, and just to learn how to do it for future reference.

Now, to start, I want to know what I'm going to need program-wise. I've downloaded CPU-Z already. What else do I need? I've got nTune, although it's problematic right now (the computer crashes whenever I try to access the screen to overclock my graphics cards). Also, what about BIOS updates? I've read that they're scary and I could risk losing a lot. Thoughts on that?

Right now I've got the eVGA 780i motherboard with 8GB of OCZ PC2-6400 memory, but I should be getting my new 790i Ultra and 4GB of Patriot Extreme DDR3 memory any day now. I'm going to have to switch them out, and I think I've got the handle with that (if anyone has any tips feel free to share) and I'm thinking about updating the BIOS first thing. The BIOS isn't updated with my 780i I don't believe, but I don't exactly want to risk it right now, maybe when I stick it in another computer.

So basically, this is a prep-post for my new system. So we'll finalize with: what programs do I need to overclock, and what should I do about my BIOS updates for my motherboard switch?

Thank you all.
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http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html


that's a good start ! I'm new to O'c ing and it's helped me understand alot
     
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Many good articles gathered here:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...l-threads.html
Ok...Few friendly advices...
First of all welcome, you are at the right place..I constantly see newcommers go directly to this section. You are new, and probably can`t wait for that new mashine, that will probably mean much to you. If is like that, I guess you wouldn`t like to damage it, or fry any components. No matter how easy it is to overclock these days, this process demands certain knowdlege, care, and understanding.
I read a lot of guides and articles about it, so I would suggest you do the same. I see you are going for Intel one, so these articles, written by our members, are very usefull:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...l-threads.html

It is better to learn on other peoples expiriences and mistakes, rather than your own.
Also these websites have plenty of info about overclocking, hardware components, etc.. I suggest you cycle them: www.tomshardware.com // www.anandtech.com // www.hardwaresecrets.com
They all have their own forums that are free for registration, and have many usefull pages and friendly members...

Don`t feel bad , we were all n00bs once... hope this helped...
    
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