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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 08:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Overclock i7-920 or upgrade CPU?


I would like to raise the performance of my old machine and I would like your advice.

The specs of my PC:

Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (Socket 1366) rev1.0 (BIOS F13)
CPU: Intel i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
RAM: 18GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (9-9-9-24) [ 3 modules of 2GB Corsair CM3X2G1600C9 & 3 modules of 4GB Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1600C9 ]
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1 Build 7601
GPU: Gainward GeForce 9400 GT
PSU: 625W Enermax MODU82+ EMD625AWT
Disk drives:
- 1TB Crucial CT1000MX500SSD1 (OS drive)
- 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001-1ER166

I should state that I have no idea on OC, I am a total newbie and I have already made a disastrous attempt to OC. I had found somewhere someone posting his BIOS settings for the same mobo and cpu as mine in order to achieve 4.2GHz. I just entered the values into my BIOS. Result: Windows booted, then I had several error messages and after a few seconds BSOD. OC killed my SSD OS drive (Crucial MX500).

Now I have a new SSD drive. My question: Is OC safe? If I can *SAFELY* OC my CPU to 3.5-3.7GHz then I would like to try it. But if there is the slightest possibility to kill my SSD again then what CPU would you recommend me to buy? I do not want to spend more than 100euros.

Thank you very much in advance for your help!
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