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Overclocking my new build - advice?

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January 24, 2010 2:57:53 AM

Greetings all. Below I've listed the components of my new rig. I had a few questions regarding the overclocking process and wouldn't mind some advice. I plan on using the system for gaming (eq2, Mass Effect 2, MW2, etc) and other basic entertainment. The system is not yet built, but is expected to arrive Monday. Also, if it makes a difference, the monitor's resolution is 1900x1000. Now, the questions:

1.) With the products below, is the potential from OC worth while? If so, what is an estimated stable/safe increase?
2.) If anyone has experience with OCing any of the components, what are some recommended "settings"?
3.) What component would be my safest bet to increase performance the most?
4.) Can I overclock the system right from the initial BIOS set-up, or is it best to go back after things are up and running?


Item List:

1 x Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TB1337 - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 x Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
1 x OKGEAR 18" SATA II Cable Model GC18ABM - Retail
1 x SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 x Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
1 x AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 x Antec Six Hundred Black / Silver ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 x OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 x ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
1 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 x ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My thanks in advance -- feel free to ask any other questions that may help!
January 24, 2010 1:52:56 PM

Also, I was concerned with my video card. The system will primarily be used for gaming and I do plan on OCing. Will the card be able to stand the OCing process?
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January 24, 2010 2:09:40 PM

Overclocking the CPU will have no effect on the video card. I do not like to OC video cards. They run hot enough anyway.
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