Hi! I just finished building my new computer (thanks to the great advice I received here!) and I think I'd like to get a bit more performance out of it. I figured I'd be able to run a few games on ultra stock but nooo xD
I have the m5a97 2.0, fx-6300 3.5ghz, and 760gtx. I'm using the stock cooler for now and after looking it up it seems like OCing even to 3.8ghz is not recommended. I had originally planned on getting the hyper 212 cooler but I was worried it wouldn't fit and looking at installation videos I'm still worried it wouldn't fit.
I'm only using a 500w psu so I'm not sure how high I can go but 4ghz would be nice but 3.8ghz is fine too. On my bios 3.8 is the standard "turbo" setting or whatever.
Any recs for coolers that can fit in a 7.75 inch case? And how high would be safe to OC on a 500w psu? I know the 760gtx requires a 500w psu so I know I can't push it to like 4.5ghz like other users can.
Pretty sure the hyper 212 would fit, the case in total is 7.75inch as u said and convert to mm is almost 197mm and the hyper 212 is under 160mm, giving the motherboard tray, and socket dont sit exactly against the back panel but should leave room for it, and ur board easily supports it, if anything its ur ram clearance.
If ur running a good brand psu and not using the one supplied with the case 500 is more than enough for the 760gtx and a overclocked 6300 no problem. Im running a 8320 and amd 5770, being an older gpu and a higher tdp cpu which i have at 4ghz from 3.5 prob consume at least a similar amount to the lower stock 6300 and 760 and my system runs on a corsair cx430. PSU wattage u only need to worry about when ur gpu and cpu have a higher power requirement, nvidia recommends 500watt for the whole system but the card will use from nvidia specs under 200watts, and with a stock 95watt 6300 and the rest of the pc easily using under 100watts ur good to overclock unless the quality of the psu isnt there.
Overclocking your FX-6300 won't give you better performance in most games. The secret to more gaming performance is in the GPU. Here's an example of what I mean:
As you can see, the Phenom II X4 980 is only 3fps slower than the i7-4960X Extreme when using an R9-290X. That is the extent of the "bottleneck" that people are so afraid of. Your FX-6300 will be 2fps slower than that massively-powered i7. I do find it funny that a lowly Phenom II beats the i7-920 though. LOL
Even with the side fan you think it would fit? And yeah my ram (hyperx black kingston) is kind of tall, but I could put the fan on the other side couldn't I? And my PSU is corsair cx500...now I wish I spent the extra $10 for the cx600 T~T
And the game I had in mind was World of Tanks, which doesn't support multi core yet. Even though an i3 is inferior to 6300 in tests it performs better in this game because its first core can handle more. OCing from 3.5 to 3.8ghz let me run from a stable med/high qual to a high/ultra qual with 60fps vsync at 1680x1050.
WoT is mostly what I play too, and I saw very little difference between my Athlon II 2.1 Ghz and my FX-6300 in turbo mode(3.8Ghz w/4.1 spikes) after upgrading. (both using the same 8600GT GPU)
I do have a 2GB 7790 enroute, hopefully that will make an appreciable difference. Also, WoT is apparently releasing an HD client this spring (with Havok physics) that is supposed to properly utilise multicore CPUs.