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Is it beneficial to overclock both your GPU/CPU/RAM?

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June 11, 2014 1:27:03 PM

I'm looking to overclock my CPU/GPU and have absolutely no idea where to begin. I've watched countless YouTube videos and read guides but I'm terrified of frying my processor/GPU in the process by doing something wrong. I will preface this with my current hardware:

MOBO: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a

RAM: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...

CPU: i5-4670K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GTX 770 SuperClocked w/ ACX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Fan situation - 1 intake on bottom, 1 on the front, and 1 on the side. 2 exhaust fans on top and 1 in the back.

Anyway, I need to know how much I can squeeze out of my components. I've read that 4.6GHZ is the "sweet spot" for the i5-4670k but I'd rather play it safe than sorry and go with a mild overclock that won't ruin the lifespan of my system.

Regarding OC'ing RAM - I have absolutely NO idea how to do this/the advantages of doing so.

Also, I've read that there isn't much point in overclocking my current EVGA GTX 770 because it's already OC'd from stock. Any suggestions? Guides you could lead me to?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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June 11, 2014 1:41:48 PM

There is no advantage of overclocking RAM in your situation. Overclocking RAM is helpful when using integrated graphics.

Overclocking the gpu will make a noticeable difference.

Overclocking the cpu will help, but in your situation, you will not notice the difference. It is helpful when you NEED more cpu power which you do not, and won't for years to come.


I have stopped recommending overclocking since Haswell has come out because it is just simply not worth the extra cost most of the time. It's just not needed. I do recommend overclocking AMDs as much as possible because performance IS needed there.


Bottom line, if I were you, I would not overclock anything at this time. I do recommend reading up on how to overclock so you will be more comfortable when the time comes.



Your side case fan may be better used as exhaust depending on where it is in regards to your 770. If it's below your 770, it will be best as intake, but if it above the 770, it would be better as exhaust.
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June 24, 2014 5:22:49 AM

CTurbo said:
There is no advantage of overclocking RAM in your situation. Overclocking RAM is helpful when using integrated graphics.

Overclocking the gpu will make a noticeable difference.

Overclocking the cpu will help, but in your situation, you will not notice the difference. It is helpful when you NEED more cpu power which you do not, and won't for years to come.


I have stopped recommending overclocking since Haswell has come out because it is just simply not worth the extra cost most of the time. It's just not needed. I do recommend overclocking AMDs as much as possible because performance IS needed there.


Bottom line, if I were you, I would not overclock anything at this time. I do recommend reading up on how to overclock so you will be more comfortable when the time comes.



Your side case fan may be better used as exhaust depending on where it is in regards to your 770. If it's below your 770, it will be best as intake, but if it above the 770, it would be better as exhaust.


Thank you so much for the response, I'm glad I don't have to mess with overclocking the CPU. The side fan is below the GPU so I guess it's better as an intake. Unfortunately I can't put in a second side fan because my heat sink is in the way. Thanks again for the help.
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