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Hey guys i'm new to being a member of overclocking.net, but have been looking at the website for a while now. Can anyone help me with overclocking my i7-960 or attempt to help me overclock it? I'm not looking for 4+Ghz just something a little bit under it if possible. (i might look into 4+Ghz later) Any help would be appreciated thanks here are my pc specs (let me know if i should upgrade anything like my liquid cooling because i will consider it thanks).

Pc Specs:
CAS: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-960 Processor 3.2 Ghz
CAS FAN: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans
FAN: XtremeGear Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
RAM: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module
MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durableâ„¢3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Dolby Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, IEEE1394a, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
OS:Windows 7 Home Premium
PSU: 800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
Video Card: Nvidia MSI GTX 480 TwinFrozer II 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card
post #2 of 15
If you tweak it you will come...to believe its Obtainable!

GOOD LUCK!
post #3 of 15
You have quite a nice chip (or are more likely to have a nice chip I should say)

You will almost certainly hit 4GHz without breaking a sweat.



Personally I would be inclined to use a 23x multiplier on the CPU since odd multipliers seem to OC more easily, you're on liquid too, I'm not familiar with the performance of the cooling you have, but it should be at least in line with high end air cooling, so temps shouldn't be an issue.

On top of that, for 4GHz you'll only be on a baseclock of 174, which will barely stress the board.


Few points that may help you on your way:

Set the uncore clock to twice the ram or maybe 1 setting above ~ performance gains here are minimal and it can really inhibit OC'ing

Set the QPI to it's lowest numerical value (the next one up from "slowest" or "slow")

Most voltages you will want to manually set to stock, the voltages I would change are Vcore, and north bridge voltage (VTT).

And don't forget to lower the multiplier on the RAM as you bring the baseclock up, I would recommend running it at stock or below. If you are below, the chances are you will be able to tighten the timings on it and produce similar results to an OC without the clock speed.


Just bump your clock gradually really, and test stability/watch temps ect. it's the best way to learn imo.
    
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I'd shoot for 4.2-4.4Ghz HT/on with that chip!
Build looks alright besides the mid tower case.
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What kind of temperatures should i watch out for? Here is a look at my max and lowest temps (maxed with prime95). Thanks for all your help. (This is stock everything no OC yet)

Edited by ThtWhiteMexican - 4/1/11 at 4:02pm
post #6 of 15
Be sure to run that chip at a 25x multiplier; it will make all the difference. To the poster above, there's nothing wrong with a mid-tower case. They're my personal preference and the most fun to mod!
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post #7 of 15
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alright i will try the 25x multiplier, but what should i look out for when i run the prime 95 test? (and which test should i run the torture test or the benchmark when im checking the overclock for stability) and could you guys help me with the whole increasing vcore and stuff like that? (thats where i get lost the most since i dont know how much my psu can handle.) thanks for all your input guys i appreciate it.
post #8 of 15
I highly recommend LinX as it stresses the chip much more than P95 allowing for quicker overclocking results. Just catch your BSoD error codes and make the appropriate adjustments.
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post #9 of 15
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alright ill check that program out. and whats the worst thing that could possibly happen to my cpu if my attempt to oc fails?
post #10 of 15
Not much, you just set your chip back to stock. Be sure that you don't go ~too~ high on voltage as it is possible to burn out a chip (i.e. 1.6v+). You can also slowly cause silent OS errors if you sit on an unstable overclock too long, but I wouldn't worry about that. The most important thing is to watch your temps. Don't go over 80°C! Here's a handy app:
http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/
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64GB SSD boot + Raid 10 WDC Blues Pirated Win 7 (duh) Alienware AW2310 Corsair AX1200 
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Corsair H50 ESXi 6.0RC Corsair HX1000 Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 
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