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New to overclocking. Need advice on just about everything

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July 29, 2010 8:30:32 PM

Okay so i have always been into computers and such i have just never had the time or money to get seriously stuck in, im 17 and am about to purchase a new set up, which i have put together myself on PCSpecialist, this is it.

Case: PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE

CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 965 (3.40GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION

Motherboard: ASUS® M4A79XTD EVO: DUAL DDR3

RAM: 4GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)

GPU: 1GB ATI RADEON™ HD 5770 PCI EXPRESS

Memory: 640GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

Power Supply & Case Cooling: 600W Quiet 80 PLUS Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Processor Cooling: STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER

Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence

I am getting this for the release of FFXIV i am after a steady 40ish FPS on mediam quality graphics, native res 1680 x 1050. I have a number of questions because i have been looking into overclocking the system, due to the black edition CPU it sounds like it shouldnt be too difficult to get into, nothin major like 4.2GHz i will just be looking for maybe 3.8/3.9. Firstly, should i stick with the standard AMD cooler which i hear are fairly good anyway or for an extra £19 get a Titan Triple Copper Heatpipe Cooler? I will be overclocking via programs within the OP/SYS rather than the BIOS, simply because i feel much more comfortable doing it that way, i have a list of programs to use for monitering, stressing, and overclocking but i would like to know which ones you would all advise to use, obviously i am thikning of using TurboV to overclock since it is supported by my MB/CPU but any advice would be nice.

So in short...

1. Which cooler, AMD stock or TITAN Triple Copper Heatpipe Cooler
2. Could anyone provide a good list of programs and utilities i should use for overclocking, monitering, stressing and testing my system
3. Does anyone know if my case is good for airflow, it looks like it is but im no expert

Here is a list of programs i have found...
TubroV...Pc Probe II...Cool'n'Quiet...GPU boost driver...Express Gate...3DMark...CCC
RivaTuner/Rage3D...Clock Gen...Performance test...PCMark2K2...Cpu-Z...CBId
Motherboard Monitor...Core Temp...Folding@Home...Memtest86...Prime95

Thankyou for any replies.

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a b K Overclocking
July 29, 2010 9:16:59 PM

cooling will be fine.. that thing has gigantic fans all over it.

If you are going to overclock the CPU, you need to get the Titan heatsink (stock cpu cooling is for stock speeds) - also need to get some thermal grease (arctic silver 5)

CPU-z is a grea program, also rivatuner
a b K Overclocking
July 29, 2010 9:29:34 PM

CPUID Hardware Monitor is great program for watching temps. With regards to the motherboard, the chipset is old and I would recommend a newer board with a 890gx chipset. eg. MB-890GXM-G65, this board is pretty good and isn't that expensive [here in S.A.].
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