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I really need to OC my CPU, I've never done this before. I remember reading that my mobo wouldn't support an OC or something like that.

Would I be able to do it? Is it realtive easy to do?

Any help, guidence is much appreciated
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It is indeed relatively easy:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1276670/overclocking-i52500k-on-p8p67-le

However, what power supply do you have? I mean, the make and the model.
I have Cooler Master GX 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply.

Should I follow that thread you linked me to? Is there any risk trying to do this? I can't afford messing my CPU
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. Also I read couple first posts and I don't have any added coolers to keep the CPU at a low temp.

I will really appreciate any further assistance.

EDIT: A bit more about my set up:

Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Asus P8P67 LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Wintec AMPO 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory x2
Western Digital RE4 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
ooler Master GX 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (64-bit)
Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case
 

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I have Cooler Master GX 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply.

Should I follow that thread you linked me to? Is there any risk trying to do this? I can't afford messing my CPU
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. Also I read couple first posts and I don't have any added coolers to keep the CPU at a low temp.

I will really appreciate any further assistance.
To be honest, I would replace the PSU and get a decent aftermarket CPU cooler before attempting to overclock. Regarding this specific PSU, it's a fairly low-quality unit and I personally don't trust it for overclocking:

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master_gx_650w_power_supply_review/9

Here's the 750W model:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=188

So in other words, I would not overclock until these 2 things are taken care of.
 

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To be honest, I would replace the PSU and get a decent aftermarket CPU cooler before attempting to overclock. Regarding this specific PSU, it's a fairly low-quality unit and I personally don't trust it for overclocking:

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master_gx_650w_power_supply_review/9

Here's the 750W model:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=188

So in other words, I would not overclock until these 2 things are taken care of.
wow, thank you for. I was confident I had a decent PSU until now haha. I was trying to OC because I'm playing a game and I can't get more than 25 FPS on ultra(after doing some posting on the game's forum I learned that it was because of my CPU) and it really bugs me, because I'm able to max any other game out with the 7870 with decent FPS. (just got the card)

Well I guess I would need to wait and play with medium settings for now. Thanks again
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oh one more question, the default for the CPU is 3.4GHz, will I be able to go up to 4.5Ghz after an OC with the proper PSU and cooler?
 

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wow, thank you for. I was confident I had a decent PSU until now haha. I was trying to OC because I'm playing a game and I can't get more than 25 FPS on ultra(after doing some posting on the game's forum I learned that it was because of my CPU) and it really bugs me, because I'm able to max any other game out with the 7870 with decent FPS. (just got the card)

Well I guess I would need to wait and play with medium settings for now. Thanks again
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oh one more question, the default for the CPU is 3.4GHz, will I be able to go up to 4.5Ghz after an OC with the proper PSU and cooler?
Maybe, especially if you disable Hyper Threading.

What game are you having problems with? The setting name "Ultra" makes me think that it's Crysis 2.
 

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Maybe, especially if you disable Hyper Threading.

What game are you having problems with? The setting name "Ultra" makes me think that it's Crysis 2.
It's FireFall, I should be good with my specs, the thing is that the game is in beta so they haven't optimized the client and it really uses a lot of CPU for their resources (this is what I got from the forum) so I posted in the game's forum and a guy told me that he has the same GPU/specs and he was running it with 60+fps on ultra with his i5 OC... and that's how I ended up here with high hopes of OCing my CPU

I can actually max out Crysis 2/Battlefield 3 with 40-60+
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P.S: I'm guessing this http://img.hexus.net/v2/cpu/intel/C7930/Cooler-big.jpg isn't enough to cool an OCd CPU, right?
 

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It's FireFall, I should be good with my specs, the thing is that the game is in beta so they haven't optimized the client and it really uses a lot of CPU for their resources (this is what I got from the forum) so I posted in the game's forum and a guy told me that he has the same GPU/specs and he was running it with 60+fps on ultra with his i5 OC... and that's how I ended up here with high hopes of OCing my CPU

I can actually max out Crysis 2/Battlefield 3 with 40-60+
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P.S: I'm guessing this http://img.hexus.net/v2/cpu/intel/C7930/Cooler-big.jpg isn't enough to cool an OCd CPU, right?
Edit: If I OC my CPU to let's say 4Ghz or less should I notice a good difference? And most important, do I run any high risk by doing so with my crappy PSU? I was reading thread you linked me to and you sir are awesome for helping people out the way you do.

Edit2: well that didn't edited my post lol... i must be sleepy, sorry.
 

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It's FireFall, I should be good with my specs, the thing is that the game is in beta so they haven't optimized the client and it really uses a lot of CPU for their resources (this is what I got from the forum) so I posted in the game's forum and a guy told me that he has the same GPU/specs and he was running it with 60+fps on ultra with his i5 OC... and that's how I ended up here with high hopes of OCing my CPU

I can actually max out Crysis 2/Battlefield 3 with 40-60+
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P.S: I'm guessing this http://img.hexus.net/v2/cpu/intel/C7930/Cooler-big.jpg isn't enough to cool an OCd CPU, right?
Yeah, Intel is stingy with their coolers and so these things aren't good for overclocking at all.

Just for testing purposes, try Firefly with HyperThreading disabled. This is normally found in the Advanced menu in the "CPU Configuration" section. So, I'm talking about one of the tabs at the top of the Advanced Mode of the UEFI BIOS as opposed to the EZ Mode. In the Advanced Mode, look for the tab labeled "Advanced".
 

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Edit: If I OC my CPU to let's say 4Ghz or less should I notice a good difference? And most important, do I run any high risk by doing so with my crappy PSU? I was reading thread you linked me to and you sir are awesome for helping people out the way you do.
Thank you! I had a little extra energy that day. :)

I don't know Firefly at all, so I don't know what difference 4 GHz would make (big or small, I'm not sure). I think the only real risk of overclocking with this PSU might be great difficulty in getting your system to be stable. Or if you get it stable, it might not stay stable forever. I think there may also be a risk of PSU failure for heavier overclocking, and when some lower quality PSUs fail, they can kill something in your system, or sometimes your entire system.

Getting back to 4 GHz, it would only be a few hundred MHz above the turbo clock speed that Firefly may be getting your CPU up to when you try to play it. So if it's getting it up to 3.6 or 3.7 or even 3.8 GHz, then 4 GHz might not be that much of a difference.
 

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Thank you! I had a little extra energy that day.
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I don't know Firefly at all, so I don't know what difference 4 GHz would make (big or small, I'm not sure). I think the only real risk of overclocking with this PSU might be great difficulty in getting your system to be stable. Or if you get it stable, it might not stay stable forever. I think there may also be a risk of PSU failure for heavier overclocking, and when some lower quality PSUs fail, they can kill something in your system, or sometimes your entire system.

Getting back to 4 GHz, it would only be a few hundred MHz above the turbo clock speed that Firefly may be getting your CPU up to when you try to play it. So if it's getting it up to 3.6 or 3.7 or even 3.8 GHz, then 4 GHz might not be that much of a difference.
Thanks again. I'm about to try disabling HyperThreading and see if I get any difference in the performance. I shall report back to you.

oh and if you are into gaming at all you should try this game, it's pretty damn awesome looking and fun http://www.firefallthegame.com/ got beta invites to give out
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Thanks again. I'm about to try disabling HyperThreading and see if I get any difference in the performance. I shall report back to you.
Ok! :) I'll be around.

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oh and if you are into gaming at all you should try this game, it's pretty damn awesome looking and fun http://www.firefallthegame.com/ got beta invites to give out
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Nah, I don't play video games anymore. Thank you for the recommendation though!
 

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Wow man, that actually gave me a couple more FPS !!
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Thank you so much wise one. It still goes a bit low for first person shooter but 10-15fps more than before (depending on the zone/battle/etc) but god damn, something is something. Is there any other CPU tweak that could help me improve the performance in game besides OCing? I only use this computer for gaming and browsing so I don't mind to sacrifice other things. Thanks once again!
 

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Wow man, that actually gave me a couple more FPS !!
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Thank you so much wise one. It still goes a bit low for first person shooter but 10-15fps more than before (depending on the zone/battle/etc) but god damn, something is something. Is there any other CPU tweak that could help me improve the performance in game besides OCing? I only use this computer for gaming and browsing so I don't mind to sacrifice other things. Thanks once again!
hehe you're welcome!

Disabling Hyper Threading is the only thing I know of. :/
 

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hehe you're welcome!

Disabling Hyper Threading is the only thing I know of. :/
And it's probably the only thing I can do too. I'm just being greedy now...

Thx and I will post soon when I get the new PSU and cooler to squeeze that dere performance out of my CPU :
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And it's probably the only thing I can do too. I'm just being greedy now...

Thx and I will post soon when I get the new PSU and cooler to squeeze that dere performance out of my CPU :
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Actually, when you're ready to get a new PSU, I recommend asking OCN for help in their Power Supplies forum. I'd love to help with that too, so can you remember to link me to your thread if/when you post it?
 
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