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Hi guys, I'm wondering how i should go about overclocking my setup on the GPU.
I have never done it before, but im curious how much i can increase the core without having to increase voltage. What is the safest way without causing damage. Is it better to increase the voltage? also should i use the asus software or msi afterburner? i havent tried either.

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Also i havent played Crysis 2 or Dragon age 2 yet but what FPS / Graphics settings can i expect to play at with my system specs?

Also would getting another 1x4GB vengeance Ram stick be worth it for gaming?

Any other advice would be great!!

Regards,

Ben
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Just increase the multiplier, and increase CPU voltage as need be. edit: increase your core and memory frequencies, test for stability using Furmark, and if you want to go further then increase the GPU voltage in MSI Afterburner (you have to go into settings and unlock voltage control).

Don't know about specific FPS numbers (nor your monitors resolution), but they'll definitely run very well.

No, 8GB is already overkill for gaming, big time. Hell even 4GB is overkill most of the time. You should stick to multiplies of 2 sticks that way you stay in dual channel.
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It's expected to play those games very well, i run crysis 2 at 80-80 fps everything maxed out.
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Download the crysis 2 and dragon age 2 demo to see for yourself. You can overclock without changing voltage but you won't get as high as some people that do change the volts. Try going for 850mhz without changing the volts
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Well getting one more 4gb stick of RAM would put you in single channel.
And your OC would likely have to come down hurting you in games. You wouldn't notice a difference in games with 4gb of RAM and that's all anyone needs. I only have 8gigs for VM work. You will probably max out any game at a reasonable res like 1920x1XXX maybe minus some AA. You didn't state your resolution though

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Yup Crysis 2 I get 70-90 FPS most of the time, you won't get low FPS on that game.
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don't use furmark for stability testing with GTX 500 series they have built in software OCP for furmak and ooct gpu specifically. Try unigine i found that it is pretty good at telling you if your GPU clocks are stable.
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Hey guys thank you all very much for your help. Much appreciated indeed.

Sorry for not adding this before. My current monitor is 1x Samsung BX2450 LED 2ms
running at 1920 x 1080. Thank you for the advice about the Ram also Dopamin3 and 8ight.

Unfortunately my net is not great for downloading so i cant try the Demo's but i have the games on pre-order anyway. i was reading on OC.net that you need to download a 1gb high resolution pack for DA2 which seems pretty retarded... anyway.

Ill try with increasing the core and memory frequencies to 850 (i'm guessing once i'm in the software it should be pretty self explanatory). And see how it goes.. What sort of temperature should i be looking at for it to be running well? while playing a game.

Thanks also 8ight - I finally got it only 3 days ago, so i haven't played any games on it yet. but i'm dying to try some of the new ones that are coming out. i also ordered online Blackops/deadspace2/dawn of war 2 retribution/ Civi 5/ and DA2. Hoping they will all run smooth
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Are you sure you have an Asus DirectCU 580? Because the card in your picture looks like a Gigabyte 580, in fact I'm almost positive it's this one. It shouldn't make any difference to the advice you have been given but I thought you ought to know so that you don't get advice that would be specifically for an Asus card.
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