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New gaming rig, overclock and benchmark questions

Hello guys !

Yesterday I built my first gaming PC (quite an adventure) and I installed Windows 8 on it this morning.

The parts are the following : i7 950 with a Noctua NH-L12 CPU fan, msi gtx 670, gigabyte GA X58A UD3R, 6gb Corsair ddr3 RAM, 120gb samsung 840 SSD and a cooler master 650W PSU.

My question(s) is/are the following:

What's an efficient and fast way to make sure my PC performs as well as it should be ?

Could you give me a link to an easy tutorial on how to overclock my CPU ? I think my i7 950 might be bottlenecking my gtx 670, not entirely sure though.... I've seen a lot of tutorials online and they never seem clear enough in my opinion.
I don't want to overclock heavily, just to about 3.8 or 4.0 (can the Noctua Mh L12 even go that far ?).
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    Run prime95 to stress test the system - if it passes should be good to go.


    A decent guide to OCing it here:

    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=7528&mpage=1#7528

    Yes on the Noctua
  2. Tradesman1 said:
    Run prime95 to stress test the system - if it passes should be good to go.


    A decent guide to OCing it here:

    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=7528&mpage=1#7528

    Yes on the Noctua

    Ok thanks a lot !
  3. No problem, let us know how it goes
  4. Tradesman1 said:
    No problem, let us know how it goes

    sure !
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