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Asrock P67 Pro3 / i5 2500k overclocking

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Hello all, just ordered my new computer with an i5 2500k processor and an Asrock P67 Pro3 motherboard.

I am interested in overclocking but have never done it before, am I seriously limiting the life of my system by overclocking and what are the risks involved if you are being careful?

The mobo has a new style BIOS interface and in a review I read it has an automatic overclocker where you use a slider to select the GHz you want and then it creates a stable overclock at that level which is ready for your next boot, is this safe? does it automatically up the voltage running through your cpu / board and is this a bad thing if so?

The case for this build is a NZXT lexa S with its 4 stock fans (front, read, side and top) and the cooler is a coolermaster TX3.

With my cooling in mind what is a good overclock to aim for, I do not want anything ungodly, just something to give me a bit more performance (no idea if I will even want / need more performance yet as at the moment running on an intel dual core e2220)

Thanks for any tips and advice.

Einholt
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Hey, that looks like a nice powerful build. In my opinion it won't even need overclocking, but if you want to have some fun, why not.
Here's the bad: when overclocking you risk toasting your processor and motherboard or shortening their life span, if you don't know what you're doing. Spend some time reading how to overclock, what are the risks and how to OC safely.
The good: if done right OCing will bring more performance for free with no risk of burning up anything or shortening the lifespan of different components. It is easier than ever to OC the K-series processors and the risk is smaller. I would advice against using automated OCing as these apps have the bad habit of overvolting the CPU too much; this is something that may shorten the life of a processor and increase power consumption for no reason. A few hours of reading will teach all there is to know about OCing a K series processor.

I think 4GHz is a safe overclock for the 2500K, when you get the hang of it 4.5GHz should be possible and if lucky (and with better than TX3 cooling) you may be able to reach close to 5GHz. So far it seems 5GHz is the maximum, but there are too few reports to make a clear picture.
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