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Windows 7: overclocking

01 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

hey I currently have smart 6 and easy tune 6 which came with my bios and I was wondering what is a safe amount to overclock too ( I have intel i5 760 . 2.8ghz)options : 2.94 ghz , 3.14ghz , 3.8 ghz .............. I have a 120nm fan in my case and the cpu fan came with the i5 , 700w of power too

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01 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AxArchy View Post
the cpu fan came with the i5
You need to start with a better heatsink and fan if you want to overclock.
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01 Sep 2010   #3
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kurahk7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AxArchy View Post
the cpu fan came with the i5
You need to start with a better heatsink and fan if you want to overclock.
+1 on the CPU cooler for sure. You don't have to spend a fortune, but get something better than the stock cooler. have a look at Coolermaster Hyper 212+ only $30 and I'm using it with a 20% overclock on my i5 750 with great results. We really can't say what overclock you can do, each system will be different. But your system is capable of a reasonable overclock no problem. I would tend to not recommend the overclocking software. You should really understand what changes you are making, and how to overclock safely before you even think of attempting it. A Guy
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02 Sep 2010   #4



I agree with kurahk7 and A Guy, if you want to overclock your CPU the standard cooler is not sufficient.
Another great, not too expensive cooler is the Scythe Mugen II Rev.2.
I used it on my i7 920 before I went with water cooling, you can find information here: Scythe "MUGEN-2 Rev.B" 6Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
You can find it cheaper then on their website like here: Used and New: Scythe Mugen Mugen 2 CPU Cooler - Processor cooler - ( Socket 478, Socket 754, Socket 940, Socket 775, Socket 939, Socket AM2, Socket AM2+, Socket 1366 ) - aluminum with nickel plated copper base - 120 mm

I also agree with A Guy on the overclocking, the best way to overclock is to do it yourself in the bios but you have to understand what you are doing.
For instance if you chance the settings of your CPU, the settings of your memory will change also and you have to get them working toghether.
Also the overclocking capability of every chip and mobo is different, it is a question of trial and error to get a stable overclock.
Another important step is to check if your overclock is stable and your temps are acceptable with several programs like Prime95, memtest, realtemp cpuz etc.

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02 Sep 2010   #5

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

You've gotten good advice already.

I wouldn't rely on the Gigabyte overclocking apps.

Overclocking (OC) your CPU will OC your RAM, be careful of the RAM settings.

What RAM do you have?

Read as much as you can before you start overclocking, your RAM will be the easiest to burn up.

Without proper cooling you're risking damaging your nice new equipment. Get a good CPU air cooler as a minimum, the ones recommended here are good choices.
Don't rush into it, do lots of reading first.

You should research each term you don't understand until you have a good understanding of what people are talking about in overclocking forums. If you read and research 5-6 hours a night, it will take at least two weeks (if you have good basic computer knowledge when you start) before you have a good understanding of what is being done to your computer when you overclock.

Tips and recommendations for older CPUs and motherboards are not relevant to your new Intel CPU. The entire design is different and needs to be overclocked differently.

Overclocking will void your warranties.

Start very slowly, with small increases, always check temperatures, constantly. This is crucial. Find the recommended limits and do not go beyond them.

Real Temp is a good Intel CPU temperature monitoring app.

Remember, each CPU and Motherboard will OC differently. If you find a post with your exact CPU and motherboard, it does not mean these settings will work on your equipment at all, if they are high settings they could burn up your equipment.

Here is a couple to get you started.

Collected Air Cooling Guides

Intel LGA1156 Core i3/i5/i7 Overclocking Guide

3 Step Guide To Overclock Your Core i3, i5, or i7 – Updated!
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