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July 10, 2014 11:33:36 AM

I just ordered a new gaming build which will be here this weekend and should be assembled shortly after however I am interested in reading up and researching more about overclocking so I know how to go about it.

Here are the specs I'm working with:

CPU: i5-4690k
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i
GPU: XFX R9 280x 3GB Double Dissipation
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX

I'm looking for maybe some advice on how to actually go about overclocking these pieces as I want the most performance from these pieces. Any help is appreciated on how I can actually go about overclocking as I have never even really looked into it or done it before, thanks for any help!

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July 10, 2014 12:08:37 PM

http://www.overclock.net/t/1401976/the-gigabyte-z87-has...

This should keep you busy for a while!

EDIT: The difference between Z87 and Z97 isn't much, except for a newer, better looking BIOS, the names of the settings should all be the same, as well as the general procedure.
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July 10, 2014 12:44:58 PM

Perfect suggestion, looks like a good read, I'll check it out! What about OCing a GPU?
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July 10, 2014 1:22:46 PM

OCing a GPU is a lot easier. You just need a third part application (MSI Afterburner is considered the best) and a GPU stress test like Unigine Heaven or Valley. You simply increase the frequency a bit, loop the stress test, and repeat until unstable.
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