While waiting for my parts to arrive for my first system build, I've been doing a lot of research into the i7 920 as well as the Asus P6T Deluxe board, to familiarize myself as much as possible about this hardware. I have a question that perhaps some one out there can answer for me. I've read on so many sights that a person took his i7 920 from 2.66ghz to 3.34ghz simply by increasing the bus speed from 133 to 166mhz, WITHOUT making any other BIOS system changes. Yet, in other posts I see alot of people making many other changes. Since I'm new to this, I'd like to know if it is true that bumping up the bus to 166mhz alone, is all that is required to reach 3.34ghz safely with no system problems. Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Thank you for your response. I guess going to 3.3Ghz is easy enough just by increasing the BCLK to 166mhz. As for the memory, I'll be using the Corsair Dominator 1866mhz ram. Am I correct in assuming that I won't have to touch any of the memory's settings?
Again, thanks for your input as this is rather new to me.
Once again, thanks for your response. I'm sure I went overboard with the Ram but I decided that I wanted to get top quality hardware based the research that I did for about a month. My goal is to have a system that is as upgradable as possible to I can keep it for at least 3 or 4 years. I have parts coming today, Monday and Tues. If everything arrives on time and in good condition, I can start building this animal on Tues. evening next week. Here's what I've ordered;
Thermaltake Armor+ MX case
Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard
Corsair DDR3-1866 Triple Memory Module Corsair Dominator w/cooling enclosure & fans
Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000 watt PSU
2 x 12" cold cathode blue lights
2 x 500GB Western Digital hard drives
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 superclocked
2 x cd/dvd optical drives, one Sony & one Asus
NZXT Sentry LX Aluminum Fan Control, Clock, and Temperature LCD Display
Flash Media Reader/Writer that handles about 40 different memory cards
Apevia Power Supply tester w/lcd voltage readout
Guess that's about it. I'm a little nervous about the project since this is my first time with this kind of a build. Just hope when I push the power button everything works, ha!
Thanks....you're right the PSU is a little overkill for now, as is the Ram. But, like I said I'm trying to future proof as much as I can.
Perhaps by the time you're ready to build yours, I'll be able to tell you all the mistakes that I made so you can avoid them, ha!
Actually I thought I'd use the stock cooler that comes with the CPU. I have read many people are at around 3.3 to 3.4GHZ, using the stock cooler with a good grade of thermal paste like AC5 or OCZ Freeze and they are experiancing temps around 70C under load from Prime95.
I figure I'll try it first and if I'm not happy with the stock cooler I can always go with any number of coolers which I have not yet researched. Right now I'll be happy if I can just build this thing without running into any serious problems, ha!