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March 16, 2014 12:01:48 PM

I know i need a new CPU, but it is not in my budget yet so i want to see how far i can SAFELY OC my current rig without damaging it. I have stock CPU cooler still and am saving money for an i5 ( since an i7 is out of my reach right now). I also know i am short on power ( 500 watt currently by thermaltake). Any one have any advice on a safe OC? Honestly i dont game too much but when i want to i want it to be smooth and look great. Currently my only game im having issues with is need for speed rivals. I can run on High settings with all bling but once in a while itll freeze for a second then back to greatness. Im definantly running a budget machine and trying to keep it that way but dont want it to perform like its on a budget. Any help would be greatly appreciated! thaks in advance

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a b K Overclocking
March 16, 2014 12:15:23 PM

on a stock cooler, stick to stock speeds. cheap big air coolers will get you to 4.3-4.5 depending on how lucky you are with the chip.
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March 16, 2014 12:27:33 PM

seriously 4.3 on air cooled? stock is 2.6, that almost double.....what you think would be off of liquid cooled? id swing 75ish on liquid cooled kit vs 250 on a i5 anyday. would liquid cooling my cpu allow me to overclock fast enought to smoothly run 2012 and back games on atleast medium ( perferable high)?
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a b K Overclocking
March 16, 2014 12:47:19 PM

what i5 do you have, I'm presuming 3570K or 4670k
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March 16, 2014 1:11:05 PM

lol no....i have a g620 pentium i WANT to save for an i5. i was gonna say thats alotta OC to be stable off a 2.6ghz dual core
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March 16, 2014 1:49:54 PM

You can safely get to 4.4 OC with a a cheaper air cooling solution like the Hyper 212 Evo, EVGA ACX Xtreme CPU cooler etc. You can compare most from websites like Hardware secrets.
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a b K Overclocking
March 16, 2014 2:41:26 PM

on a G620, you'll be able to do nothing. all you can do is adjust multipliers, and you can't on a G620. You might be able to adjust blkclk by 5%, but that is really risky and not worth it.
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March 16, 2014 10:32:20 PM

Already playing with idea of new cpu/mobo combo. Card is out of reach right now and my autocad is pegging my cpu way too easy. Is this a good combo for the price and performance? What kind of gains can I look forward to with zalman cooler and OC? http://m.tigerdirect.com/products/8521262. Thanks in advance. Hopin on quick opinionns cause I'll probably order tomorrow if its a good vombo to build on
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a c 391 K Overclocking
March 17, 2014 6:36:19 AM

I wouldn't overclock at all with that power supply.
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March 17, 2014 6:50:19 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
I wouldn't overclock at all with that power supply.
so basically all i really have is a nice case and decent monitors? lol maybe i should have planned a bit more before throwing this shiny turd together. Thanks for all the help guys, ill be back witha new setup in a week or so. Gonna go 6 core amd and asus mobo woth more ram slots, whats the min psu i should get ahold of? 1000watt or would a 750 be ok? i honestly dont intend on sli or crossfire anyways as i dont game that much

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a b K Overclocking
March 17, 2014 12:08:24 PM

600W will be fine if you are not xfire or sli ing.
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