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I'm confused with overclocking?

First off, here are my specs:
MB: MSI 970A G43
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Black Edition (Standard Heatsink)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (1x 4GB)
GPU: HIS Radeon 7790 1GB
PSU: Corsair 600W
HDD: Generic 250GB

What program is the best for overclocking? I've heard that OC'ing on the MSI is bad, but some say it's good.. Also would it be worth it to get an aftermarket cooler (Under $50) for both the CPU and GPU? I just want to OC so that way I can run most things smoothly. Thank you!
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  1. You should have no problem running things smoothly...and to answer your questions: the BIOS is the easiest way to OC the CPU while the Catalyst control panel is the easiest to OC your gfx card, and it is smart to have an aftermarket cooler on the CPU as AMD stock coolers are notorious to overheat, even without OCing
  2. That board won't be good for overclocking.
  3. r0aringdrag0n said:
    You should have no problem running things smoothly...and to answer your questions: the BIOS is the easiest way to OC the CPU while the Catalyst control panel is the easiest to OC your gfx card, and it is smart to have an aftermarket cooler on the CPU as AMD stock coolers are notorious to overheat, even without OCing


    What aftermarket cooler would you recommend that's under $50?
  4. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    That board won't be good for overclocking.


    Why wouldn't it be good?
  5. isa108 said:
    Why wouldn't it be good?

    Because : the MSI 970A G43 BOARD is low End AM3+ board MSI and no VRM heat sink .. your NB will get hot
    1x 4GB = is not good ( althoug u don't tweat it ) will be good 2x4GB .. Good luck bro
  6. henydiah said:
    isa108 said:
    Why wouldn't it be good?

    Because : the MSI 970A G43 BOARD is low End AM3+ board MSI and no VRM heat sink .. your NB will get hot
    1x 4GB = is not good ( althoug u don't tweat it ) will be good 2x4GB .. Good luck bro




    Yeah, I'm gonna get some more RAM later, but I won't be able to OC anything? Will I have to really?
  7. yes you have to complete the other spec in order to get maximum results, performance will be better if you use the default double the RAM though. Turbo boost not have a CPU?
  8. henydiah said:
    yes you have to complete the other spec in order to get maximum results, performance will be better if you use the default double the RAM though. Turbo boost not have a CPU?


    Which other spec? The VRM sink? So my performance would be better with just stock? And yeah I have Turbo Boost on the CPU.
  9. Which other spec? RAM is .. 2x4gb will better . OC in little not too much .. put direct small fan on the IC VRM maybe .. little help
  10. Best answer
    i do not know about AMD processor (apart from the fact they run hot) but i have managed to get my i5 2500k to 4.7ghz on a cooler master hyper 212 evo

    its about £20-£30 last time i looked (so probably $40-$50?) but you might want something else if you plan to seriously OC the hyper 212 evo is simply a cooler that most people say has the best "bang for buck" (Unless of course something else has turned up that is better on the price performance ratio since i was last looking for a good cooler)
    also a good thermal paste is arctic silver 5
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