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Holy ****...
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First time poster here...

I've gotten the i5 670 and Gigabyte H55M-USB3 mobo deal from Fry's this weekend, as a gift from my parents (I'm a little bit disappointed but I don't want to be rude, plus I really need the computer anyways so I stuck with it). It works much better than my previous processor (the AMD Athlon 64 fx).

Now, I have absolutely NO idea how to overclock anything. I've never done it before in my life, but I wanted to see what I could do. I'm still using integrated graphics (I'm ordering a Radeon HD 5850 this week though, however) but here's what I've gotten so far. I only increased the bclock, by the way.



I'm also using stock Intel cooling, and I don't believe I'll be upgrading it or whatever. I probably sound like a total nub, but even I know that I can probably get it to faster speeds.

Anyways, any advice on what to do? I'm probably going to start fiddling with the voltage and memory stuff when I get my graphics card, but I'm terrified of the possibility I might fry my CPU or something (I'm a little bit tight on cash at the moment). Plus, I don't know what to adjust anything to afterwards. I just wanna join the club with faster speeds
That's a pretty nice overclock. Though even if you just increased only the BCLK the motherboard will automatically increase the Vcore for you (if it's set to auto or whatever the default setting is). My Gigabyte GA-H55-UD2H does that, so I'm sure yours does it too. I'd advise setting the voltage manually. You can check CPU-Z to see if this is indeed happening. For reference my stock voltage is around 1.2v.

I assume your saying you were disappointed because of the poor value of the i5 670. It's pretty much the worst CPU buy on the market. The problem is it cost just as much as an i7 860 and i7 920, two much faster CPUs. It boggles the mind, I really have no idea what Intel is thinking. Personally I wouldn't have kept it. Hurt their feelings or not you could have gotten much better hardware for the same price. My parents wouldn't have a clue what to buy, just like yours. The nice thing is they know it, so they wouldn't even think of buying computer hardware for me. No offense at all to your parents. I just speak the truth.
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It increases the voltage if I increase the BLCK? Ah, I never noticed... I just ran a stability test and it increased to 1.4 V. Dunno if I should do anything else like adjusting the voltage from BIOS... I haven't messed with the memory at all either, and I dunno if I should. I think I'm going to wait until my 5850 arrives until I do anything really serious, because I dunno how that'll change anything (the 5850 will practically be the length of my case, so it might do something to the heating that I won't be able to foresee at the moment).

Anyways, here's what I've gotten to, max. It ran Cinebench stable, with no BSOD, so I'm happy with it. If I could break 5GHz with the Intel stock cooler and the huge 5850 in my computer, that would be a miracle, but I'm pretty pleased with what I have now. My attachment is what it was running at according to CPU-Z while I was running Cinebench. I don't know if I should do anything further.

Also, yes, I'm a little bit disappointed with my i5 670 but they told me they got it on a great deal with the mobo (249.99 for both, after rebate). I'm OK with it however, because it beats my old computer. Plus, with the money I saved on all these parts, I can buy a few games for myself, which is all I'd really like to do (I play TF2 a lot so I want something that'll easily handle that game and also handle a lot of other new games I might get).
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Hi all,

As promised here's a post of the burnin test; 4hrs Orthos+furmark combined followed by ~23hrs of Orthos alone.


@ cerious

Whilst manual tweaking is obviously the only way to achieve the extreme upper limits of a system, it's always nice to see automatic overclocking setups in the BIOS that actually work well, as yours certainly appears to!

Out of curiosity, do you know what your temps are?
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It increases the voltage if I increase the BLCK? Ah, I never noticed... I just ran a stability test and it increased to 1.4 V. Dunno if I should do anything else like adjusting the voltage from BIOS... I haven't messed with the memory at all either, and I dunno if I should. I think I'm going to wait until my 5850 arrives until I do anything really serious, because I dunno how that'll change anything (the 5850 will practically be the length of my case, so it might do something to the heating that I won't be able to foresee at the moment).

Anyways, here's what I've gotten to, max. It ran Cinebench stable, with no BSOD, so I'm happy with it. If I could break 5GHz with the Intel stock cooler and the huge 5850 in my computer, that would be a miracle, but I'm pretty pleased with what I have now. My attachment is what it was running at according to CPU-Z while I was running Cinebench. I don't know if I should do anything further.

Also, yes, I'm a little bit disappointed with my i5 670 but they told me they got it on a great deal with the mobo (249.99 for both, after rebate). I'm OK with it however, because it beats my old computer. Plus, with the money I saved on all these parts, I can buy a few games for myself, which is all I'd really like to do (I play TF2 a lot so I want something that'll easily handle that game and also handle a lot of other new games I might get).
Yep just like I thought. I knew that couldn't have been on stock voltage. Then I remembered that about my Gigabyte motherboard.

Your right that is an amazing deal. I wonder if they had any deals like that on the i7? By the way, just to be clear, the i5 670 is a nice processor and very fast. It's just a horrible value at the asking retail price. It would have cost $400 from Newegg for an i5 670 and Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3.

Clarkdale is crazy fun to overclock, isn't it? Cinebench isn't enough to test stability though. It only runs for a couple of minutes. What if you game for hours and run into instability? Or BSOD doing something even more important? I use Prime95 to stress test. There are programs that stress the CPU harder but Prime95 works for me. I also sometimes use OCCT, another stress tester. To test absolute stability I usually do 12 hours or more of Prime95. Some people do 24 hours. It's of course up to you. I've run only a couple hours of stress testing and cut it off, but then gotten BSODs with normal usage (Internet surfing and music). So the longer the stress test the more reliable, within reason of course.

So your using the stock cooler. They work but don't cool extremely well. Thankfully Clarkdale is a very cool running chip. I still wouldn't run it at 4GHz on the stock cooler let alone 5GHz if you somehow got that high. I use a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ on my G6950. It's a nice cooler and can be had at SuperBiiz for only $24.99 shipped. An amazing value for such a great performing cooler.

By the way, here's part of an earlier post of mine. It has information you should know since your overclocking:
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Since these chips are made on the new 32nm process they are very susceptible to high Vcore. Intel recommends a max of 1.4v for the CPU Vcore. Tom's Hardware fried a G6950 at 1.475v: link. Short suicide runs might be safe at higher voltages but I wouldn't do any stress testing. I've personally done a max of 1.4375v myself for a 4.7GHz suicide run. I don't feel like frying my chip.

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Thanks, I might consider picking up another cooler in the future. I'll run that Prime95 test in the meantime, probably overnight as I'm doing work right now. My case is pretty small and I'll see what I can do with it. Many thanks for the advice!
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Thanks, I might consider picking up another cooler in the future. I'll run that Prime95 test in the meantime, probably overnight as I'm doing work right now. My case is pretty small and I'll see what I can do with it. Many thanks for the advice!
My pleasure, I'm always happy to help. By the way, fill out your system specs for us. It makes it much easier to help you with future problems if you ever need to create a thread. Then your don't have to state your hardware every time. You can add your system by clicking "User CP" on the top, click "Add System" on the left hand side (under "System Information"), enter in your specs, and click "Save Changes."
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Thanks, I might consider picking up another cooler in the future. I'll run that Prime95 test in the meantime, probably overnight as I'm doing work right now. My case is pretty small and I'll see what I can do with it. Many thanks for the advice!
keep an eye on the temps while priming since your on the stock cooler.
    
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Can anybody do me a favour and run a crysis warhead benchmark? Since the game is only 2 core dependant and 32nm i3 i5's are hella overclockers I want to know if there is any gains in minimum or average fps comparing stock and overclocked settings. Thanks.
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