Simple overclock Intel Core i7 920 // ASRock X58 Extreme

Hello Folks!

I just replaced my old graphic card with a GTX780 and i am thinking of slightly overclocking my old i7 920 CPU (warrant expired). How do i do this, and to what extent? Id like to stay in the safe area.

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0 BOX, Quad Core, 2.66 GHz, ...
CU: Noctua CPU-Cooler NH-U12P SE2 - Sockel 1366/1156
MOBO: AsRock X58 Extreme, Intel X58, LGA1366, SLI, CFX
RAM: GeIL EVO ONE 6x2GB Kit, DDR3-1600, CL7-7-7-24@1...
SSD: OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB, SATA-II, ...
HDD: WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS, 10'000rpm, 16MB, 30...
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ, F3, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II
DVD: LG GH22NS, 22x DVD±R Brenner, SATA, schwarz
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX, 850W, SLI/CF, ATX2.2/EPS
Case: Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP, inkl. Mesh-Gitter...
GPU: MSI GTX-275 Lightning (GT200b) 1792MB GDDR3, 55...
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  1. your GPU is now way above and beyond what your CPU can keep up with. You can overclock those 920's to like 4.0 ghz easily. You need to at least get here to make use of a SC 780.

    really you overdid it on the GPU, to balance your system you need a newage mobo/CPU/RAM setup... you'd have been better off just grabbing a second 275 for SLI
  2. Hi thanks for your toughts
    I bought the 780 because i work with it with 3d modelling etc but as a freelance, and since i am extremely lazy by nature i tought to get a decent one so im settled for a while. Do you think the cooler i have (noctua SE2) is enough if i overclock to 4 ghz?
  3. anyway, i think i will replace as you said CPU/RAM/MOBO as soon as a good, new generation of all these comes out in 1 year or so. I am keeping the 275 so i can assemble a PC for home from these old pieces when i have replaced them all
  4. By the way you are right: i notice the viewport of 3dapps is incredible quick and smooth and can handle huge amounts of data, but when editing and modifying the mesh (CPU) it gets slow... the 4ghz seems to be stable under working condition (which is not 100% intense) so thats at least some fresh air.. i assume that cpu ram and mobo all go hand in hand and therefore it does not make sense to update only one (or one before the other)...?
  5. You don't need to upgrade to the new i7 at all...just over clock like you seem to have done and you're fine. I see many people still using and gaming on the old first gen i7 and i5 to a lesser extent. You're fine,and please don't listen to anybody trying to get you to waste money by buying a new i7 or to sli such an old gpu like the gtx come on now XD
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