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Hi, noob here so apologize for anything stupid I says :/. I'm building a new comp and am looking to overclock it but have never done it before. Here are some specs:

Core i5 2500K
MSI P67A-GD55
Corsair H50
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24

I found a guide on bit-tech (http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/07/how-to-overclock-the-intel-core-i5-2500k/5) and the first bit of the guide seems pretty straight forward. What I'm curious is everything from "Remember to save your BIOS settings in the Overclocking Profile section, and there's also the memory timings adjustment in the Advanced DRAM Configuration sub-menu." and on.

Do I need to do it all or is only completing the first little bit (CPU ratio and voltage) okay? Also, after I'm done I need to stress test it right? Prime95? Lastly, which are the good programs/utilities to monitor temperature, voltage and such? I know CPU-Z is one to use.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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post #2 of 10
Firstly Sandy Bridge is really easy to overclock. that guide pretty much covers everything.

As for RAM timings, I would suggest you just put everything as rated, so in your case put your frequency on 1333 and keep your timings on 9-9-9-24. When your a bit more confident later, then you can try experimenting with different frequencies and timings.

You should stress test using small fft for about 1 hour initially and when you've reached the oc you want then test for 2-3 hours.
post #3 of 10
Boy after reading that I'm glad I got the Asus. I'm new to OCing myself but I would advise you keep your ram at the stock frequency. Now on my Asus you can just adjust the CPU multiplier and leave the voltage on auto and it will work fine up to like x47 or x48 but to hit 5ghz I had to manually adjust the voltage. So I would start at x45 and play with stressing it and watch your temps. You shouldnt have much trouble with an h50 cooling it. But again I'm new to OCing and am using a Asus board. Gl
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post #4 of 10
how high do u want to oc? 4 or 4.2ghz is damn simple with msi boards' press the OC Genie and will do it all.
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4.5 ghz seems to be a pretty common figure. Since I'm new I don't want to push it too high but 4.5 seems like it's an easy/stable figure that most seem to be able to get. I thought about usng OC Genie II but I want to learn how to OC anyways.
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Okay, so I found another guide on Toms Hardware that explains things a little better. For voltage would I mostly just need to tweak the Vcore setting or are there other ones that I may have to change?
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post #7 of 10
If you can, leave the vcore on auto if not then for 4.5ghz you want 1.20v-1.30v at 5ghz 1.40v-1.52v. 1.52v is the Max safe voltage. Also if your going to be running your CPU at higher voltage you want to have your ram at 1.50v for best efficiency (your mushkin should already run at 1.5 anyway, I think)
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post #8 of 10
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Alright, so from what I gather I keep upping my CPU ratio and stress testing it each time until it doesn't work? So just use Prime95? How long should I run it for each test?

Also, I've never done it but say I need to clear my CMOS. Exactly what does that do? I know it resets the EFI/BIOS but does it do anything else that I would have to re-set? About.com says I "need to access the BIOS setup utility and reconfigure your hardware settings." but I'm not sure how accurate About is.

Thanks again.
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by deadpan;13248772 
Do I need to do it all or is only completing the first little bit (CPU ratio and voltage) okay? Also, after I'm done I need to stress test it right? Prime95? Lastly, which are the good programs/utilities to monitor temperature, voltage and such? I know CPU-Z is one to use.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Hey buddy! You need to be shooting those questions here... http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/963798-msi-p67a-gd55-review-oc-guide.html and you should come join us over here... http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/917857-msi-p67a-gd80-gd65-gd55-gd53.html

BTW...That OC review thread-link for the GD55 works for the GD65 (basically the same mobo with slightly different onboard features) biggrin.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 4/24/11 at 9:13am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drBlahMan;13253774 
Hey buddy! You need to be shooting those questions here... http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/963798-msi-p67a-gd55-review-oc-guide.html and you should come join us over here... http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/917857-msi-p67a-gd80-gd65-gd55-gd53.html

BTW...That OC review thread-link for the GD55 works for the GD65 (basically the same mobo with slightly different onboard features) biggrin.gif
Thanks, that's quite helpful. I think I've gotten the OC'ing part understood. Now it's just about understanding if anything goes wrong.

Has anyone updated their mobo with the Live Update feature? Also, back on the CMOS question...clearing it wouldn't affect my hard drive or anything right? It just defaults all BIOS settings? Would my saved OC profiles be deleted too? I highly doubt I'll push my OC much. I'm aiming somewhere in the 4.5-4.8 range I think.
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1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 32MB Cache Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 226BW Steelkeys 6G 
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