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Should I overclock my Intel i5-2500k 3.30ghz?

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July 31, 2014 10:02:17 PM

I kind of want to overclock but I have never done it before. I can find some videos on how to do it easily but, I am concerned. My Cpu sits idle at about 91 degress F. If I overclock, will I see crazy heat spikes? I also have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan that I use to cool it. here are my specs if anyone needs to see it. Will I need to buy a better CPU fan? If so, is there a heatsink that sits up higher so it's not pushing up against my RAM so much?

Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard
CPU Type 4x , 3453 MHz
System Memory 11747 MB
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)

Display
Video Adapter GeForce GTX 780
Video Adapter GeForce GTX 780
Video Adapter GeForce GTX 780
Video Adapter GeForce GTX 780
Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB]

Multimedia
Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]
Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

Storage
IDE Controller Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
Disk Drive Hitachi HDT721032SLA380
Disk Drive ST2000DL003-9VT166
Optical Drive ATAPI iHAS124 B
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 1907726 MB (935995 MB free)
E: (NTFS) 295003 MB (278613 MB free)
Total Size 2151.1 GB (1186.1 GB free)

Input
Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard Microsoft USB Digital Media Pro Keyboard (Mouse and Keyboard Center)
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

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July 31, 2014 10:10:42 PM

I dont think you should overclock, if you are gaming and things are running good, no need to change that.
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July 31, 2014 10:48:25 PM

avenseth12 said:
I dont think you should overclock, if you are gaming and things are running good, no need to change that.


I play a lot of Arma 3 and DayZ. Sometimes in high populated environments, my FPS goes poop. I think the these games are more CPU intensive. :c. it almost seems not worth it if these are the only games I'd be using overclocking for
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July 31, 2014 10:53:12 PM

The CM Hyper is a good cooler. Your GPU is way ahead of your CPU. You may try an overclock (your risk) or look at upgrading your CPU for better performance.
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July 31, 2014 11:10:20 PM

avenseth12 said:
The CM Hyper is a good cooler. Your GPU is way ahead of your CPU. You may try an overclock (your risk) or look at upgrading your CPU for better performance.


what CPU would you recommend?
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August 1, 2014 2:15:14 AM

skippy647 said:
avenseth12 said:
The CM Hyper is a good cooler. Your GPU is way ahead of your CPU. You may try an overclock (your risk) or look at upgrading your CPU for better performance.


what CPU would you recommend?


You don't need to upgrade the CPU unless you want RAM speed above 1600Mhz or PCIe 3.0. The Sandy Bridge line is still considered the best for overclocking due to its 32nm manufacturing process. Yes, Haswell is more efficient and faster at stock speed, but don't expect to be blown away. I think upgrading right now is a waste of money, particularly when you may be able to gain a free performance boost by overclocking.

As far as overclocking goes, the only thing you're potentially missing is a motherboard with an overclocking chipset. What make/model motherboard do you have?
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August 1, 2014 1:10:02 PM

bicycle_repair_man said:
skippy647 said:
avenseth12 said:
The CM Hyper is a good cooler. Your GPU is way ahead of your CPU. You may try an overclock (your risk) or look at upgrading your CPU for better performance.


what CPU would you recommend?


You don't need to upgrade the CPU unless you want RAM speed above 1600Mhz or PCIe 3.0. The Sandy Bridge line is still considered the best for overclocking due to its 32nm manufacturing process. Yes, Haswell is more efficient and faster at stock speed, but don't expect to be blown away. I think upgrading right now is a waste of money, particularly when you may be able to gain a free performance boost by overclocking.

As far as overclocking goes, the only thing you're potentially missing is a motherboard with an overclocking chipset. What make/model motherboard do you have?


My present motherboard I believe is
"ASUS P8Z77-V Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, WiFi-N, SLI/CrossFireX"
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August 1, 2014 2:34:28 PM

skippy647 said:
bicycle_repair_man said:
skippy647 said:
avenseth12 said:
The CM Hyper is a good cooler. Your GPU is way ahead of your CPU. You may try an overclock (your risk) or look at upgrading your CPU for better performance.


what CPU would you recommend?


You don't need to upgrade the CPU unless you want RAM speed above 1600Mhz or PCIe 3.0. The Sandy Bridge line is still considered the best for overclocking due to its 32nm manufacturing process. Yes, Haswell is more efficient and faster at stock speed, but don't expect to be blown away. I think upgrading right now is a waste of money, particularly when you may be able to gain a free performance boost by overclocking.

As far as overclocking goes, the only thing you're potentially missing is a motherboard with an overclocking chipset. What make/model motherboard do you have?


My present motherboard I believe is
"ASUS P8Z77-V Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2400MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, WiFi-N, SLI/CrossFireX"


You're good to go then, z77 mobos are able to overclock the unlocked k series cpus, and you have a decent aftermarket cooler, try increasing the frequency in small steps to check stability, most people run it at 4.3 - 4.6 GHz.
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