New to OC'ing need help

I recently just put together a fairly decent system. I will list specs at end of post. As for my question I am a complete noob when it comes to oc'ing any advice/suggestions and criticism is much appreciated thank you in advance.


INTEL i7-980X 3.33GHZ 12M EXTREME
80GB INTELl X25-M 2.5 INCH SATA
1TB SATA III 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB CACHE
GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 3 WAY CROSSFIRE
ATI RADEON 5970 4GB PCI-E
SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 80 PLUS
CREATIVE X-FI XtremeGamer
WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64-BIT
COOLERMASTER HAF-X FULL TOWER GAMING
ASETEK 570LX 240MM WATERCOOLER
CORSAIR 2GB 1600MHZ CM3X2G1600C9D6 (6GB Total Ram)
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  1. Sorry for being so vague what I would like to know is what is a good starting point to start experimenting with overclocking?


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  2. Your first step should be to download Intels data sheet for your processor so you have an idea of temp and voltage specs.

    Then read a bunch of 1366 OCing guides to get an idea of what the Bios entries are, like QPI/VTT, IOH, PLL, etc..... Decent guides will give you some idea of what these things are and if you still don't know, google is always a last resort.

    Then start slow and of course monitor your temps and test as you go, that's it, easy.
  3. Thank you very much for your response. I will be posting more as I start trying to overclock.
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