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Is there a currant benefit to OCing a i5-2500K?

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I am looking at building a Sandy Bridge system but this is my first time and I want to be careful. I've never overclocked before either.

I plan on (as of now) to use the i5-2500K, the PAP67 Deluxe, and GTX 570 or 580 and going to SLI later.

I'm just wondering if it's worth the trouble of ending my warranty to over-clock. I heard that the stock GHz can play games for several years as is (3.3GHz, 3.7GHz with Turbo Boost).

Would I see improvments anywhere in OCing to 4.5 or 5GHz? Would it be a better idea to wait until the warranty is over and the CPU is older (three years) before I attempt to OC it? I'm new to building so I'd really like to keep my warranty in case something goes wrong. Is it worth it?

Thanks.

EDIT: currant should be current. Me stupid.
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 4/23/11 at 2:36am
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It depends on what you want to do with it. When it comes to games, unless you're playing FSX or something CPU intensive it probably won't make a huge difference. If you're folding, compressing/decompressing files, rendering video, or that kind of thing then it will make a big difference.

Also overclocking is fun, hasn't anyone told you?
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Yes, but it would also be fun in three years as well.

The only thing I do above is decompress RAR files and it's pretty damn quick with my current 945 Quad Phantom II. Hehe...
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Yes, but it would also be fun in three years as well.

The only thing I do above is decompress RAR files and it's pretty damn quick with my current 945 Quad Phantom II. Hehe...

I say go for it. That chip is the perfect introduction to overclocking. It runs cool, is tough, and overclocks smooth and easy. It's a great chip and would make a great overclocking intro. Just go easy on it and it will be fine, I wouldn't worry too much about killing it, it's hard to do unless you go crazy with voltages (read a guide).
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One game: Arma 2 and OA.

This game is such a CPU beast that I still occasionally CPU bottleneck on a 2500K @ 4.8GHZ. Of course I have ALL settings cranked high like draw distance 10K KM and such. This is on a 6850 @ 900/1000.

Most other games such as Left 4 Dead 2 and others on MAX don't CPU bottleneck on a stock AMD 955 from my experiences.

One view is with turbo, you won't be using your overclock unless you need it (under load). If you do overclock though, spend time finding the lowest stable voltage and not just stable after selecting a arbitrary value.

Good luck!
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O.C these SB is really easy.
Like said if you use your rig for rendering or folding then it`s nice to get a bit more out of it.
Unless you crazy overvolt you won`t hurt the chip.
And also as said O.C can and is fun!
BTW: It doesn`t make sense to ask this @OCN.
If you post such a question on "how-i-keep-my-rig-at-stock.net" you would get different replies
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Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post
Yes, but it would also be fun in three years as well.

The only thing I do above is decompress RAR files and it's pretty damn quick with my current 945 Quad Phantom II. Hehe...
In three years, your chip would probably be struggling so much that overclocking wouldn't do much at all. You don't gain much from overclocking, when (correction!), others are using cpu's that have the same horsepower as a 2600k running at *10* ghz...

No point waiting until a CPU is old and needing to be upgraded badly before overclocking it...that's paranoia to the extreme.
Edited by Falkentyne - 4/23/11 at 4:02pm
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post #8 of 15
A mild 4.5ghz overclock will do no harm atall and will eat most of what you throw at it, Its extra performance for free as the cpu is built for it, No reason not to do it
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post #9 of 15
If you push too far your PC just wont boot/be unstable. In that case you just clear cmos and start over Overclocking is far from the scary thing you think it is. With that chip its also dead easy.

Don't worry about it at all. Everyone on here will help you anyway

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Thanks for the replies guys!

I really don't have a problem with the overclocking...or rather learning how to. I was just more concerned with voiding my warranty incase something goes wrong with it. But I guess in three years the Sandy Bridge will be middle ground quality anyway. I could always just buy another one if something goes wrong, only $200...better than $2000!

Well, I'll post here if I need help should I attempt it.

I have a question, though. I found this video and was wondering: Is that all there is to it? It looks simple but there's gotta be more to it than that, right?

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