I7 build, do i need an aftermarket cooler

ok guys ive got a new build (never built a machine before and never OCed a machine before). was wondering, if i wanted to overclock it a little, would i need to upgrade the heatsink/fan.

I mainly just want to get the machine to run the ram at 1600, and maybe up the speed of my CPU to 3.0. Can someone advise me on what to do?

CPU: i7 920 2.66
MOBO: asus p6t6 revolution
RAM: g.skill 1600 3x3 kit CL9 DDR3
CASE: # COOLER MASTER HAF 932
PSU: # COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W
GPU: # EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

OH, and the machine is being mainly used for CS4 and 3ds max.

THX!
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  1. Just go with a the regular P6T and save some money, you don't need that board for a 3.0ghz oc.
    Great case, also look at the CM 690, I have it an I am very pleased with it.
    Good GPU choice.
    Look at the Caviar Black series from western digital, they are faster.
    For an oc on the i7, I would get an aftermarket cooler. I have mine OC to 3.0ghz right now on stock HSF and I get 43C at idle and ~82 under 100% load, which is kinda high, too high for my liking. Although, I never really actually have it that high unless im running Prime 95. I'm installing a V8 HSF this weekend when I get the chance.
    And that is a 3x2 kit of ram right? Look for ram with faster timings, newegg carries OCZ who has some for $170 @1600mhz 8-8-8-24 I believe, called OCZ Gold, or OCZ Platinum runs at 7-7-7-24 @1600mhz, I have them running 7-7-7-20 right now.
  2. xthekidx said:
    Just go with a the regular P6T and save some money, you don't need that board for a 3.0ghz oc.
    Great case, also look at the CM 690, I have it an I am very pleased with it.
    Good GPU choice.
    Look at the Caviar Black series from western digital, they are faster.
    For an oc on the i7, I would get an aftermarket cooler. I have mine OC to 3.0ghz right now on stock HSF and I get 43C at idle and ~82 under 100% load, which is kinda high, too high for my liking. Although, I never really actually have it that high unless im running Prime 95. I'm installing a V8 HSF this weekend when I get the chance.
    And that is a 3x2 kit of ram right? Look for ram with faster timings, newegg carries OCZ who has some for $170 @1600mhz 8-8-8-24 I believe, called OCZ Gold, or OCZ Platinum runs at 7-7-7-24 @1600mhz, I have them running 7-7-7-20 right now.



    i've already bought all the components. and it is a 3x2 kit, typo. I'll eventually overclock more but right now just want to start off easy.
  3. If all you want is advice on getting to 3.0Ghz, all you need to do is change the BCLK from 133 to 150, disable speedstep and set your ram frequency and leave everything else on auto. You should be good to go.
  4. the best after market cooler for i7 is the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme RT 1366 CPU Cooler

    http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultra-120-1366-50985.html
  5. xthekidx said:
    If all you want is advice on getting to 3.0Ghz, all you need to do is change the BCLK from 133 to 150, disable speedstep and set your ram frequency and leave everything else on auto. You should be good to go.


    sweet, ya, it seems super easy, read up on a couple things and watch that linus video. i'll let you know how it goes. get all my parts in on Monday
  6. Yeah that is what I have mine running at right now. That is literally all that I had to do, it was super easy. You might also have to manually set the timings on your ram, depending on what kit you get.
  7. xthekidx said:
    Yeah that is what I have mine running at right now. That is literally all that I had to do, it was super easy. You might also have to manually set the timings on your ram, depending on what kit you get.


    this what i got for RAM, shouldve done a little more research, but alas it was a gift so might as well use it!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225
  8. Its still good ram and will do just fine. If you decided to run it at 1500mhz when you oc then you could probably tighten those timings up to 8-8-8-24.
  9. Hey brother, get a thermalright ultra 120 extreme, 2.66 is fast, but you can pump it to 3.6 or 3.8 with little or no effort, will you notice the difference? Sure will Night and Day, Super fast.... if you have questions just ask, Shark (be glad you didnt get an amd)
  10. sharken said:
    Hey brother, get a thermalright ultra 120 extreme, 2.66 is fast, but you can pump it to 3.6 or 3.8 with little or no effort, will you notice the difference? Sure will Night and Day, Super fast.... if you have questions just ask, Shark (be glad you didnt get an amd)


    awesome, thanks for the info. I'll definately be buggin you later on.
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