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New to overclocking, need help with my pc.

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November 29, 2010 7:10:46 PM


As the title says, i'm quite new in this topic and would like to learn more about it so i can get the best of my pc without pushing it to a dangerous limit. I have read the guides posted here in this section, and as i still have a few doubts, i would like you to help me with your experience with overclocking if possible; i'd be very grateful.

My Specs:

Processor: AMD Athlon II x4 630 (2.8ghz)
Mobo: MSI 790GX-G65 (FSB up to 5200MT/s)
RAM: Kingston 8GB DDR3 Dual-channel (4 x 2gb DDR3-1333 PC3-10700)
Video: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB

I uploaded the HTML CPU-Z report here for any other information you may need:

I'd love to know, according to your experience, what are the modifications i should make to increase the performance but without taking it to the limit (safer overclocking?).

Thank you very much for your help!


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November 29, 2010 7:47:48 PM

first, mention what kind of cpu cooler you have... if you have stock.... you won't be able to push your system that much.
November 29, 2010 8:21:48 PM

Sorry i forgot to mention that. Yes, i have stock; however if it's not too expensive i am willing to change this if the benefit of the overclocking is worth it.

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November 30, 2010 12:25:58 AM

getting a after market cooler makes a heck of a differents..... IF money is a problem... then something like this will do:

ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
34.99 AFTER rebate

htCOOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
14.99 after rebate

Or If you can spare some loot, and want to get a better performance... you can go with a self contained liquid cooling..

CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
OUT OF STOCK-they where just on sale for around 84.99 but now its back to 109

CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)

^ i got that COOLit one... i like it so far.. my finger is crossed still hoping one day that faith of my system isn't claimed like the Domino Series.... Busted pump, sitting hot liquid, cause the lines to burst, and FUG up your system....... after finding this out, i might change to the H70.

but you first want to get a new cpu fan bfore you get serious with OC.... but if you insist in OC with stock for now, i say you can jump to 3.0ghz to 3.2ghz....
December 3, 2010 2:15:27 PM

Well i could buy the first one that you mentioned, but since i'm not in the US and prices are higher here, or i'd have to wait quite a bit until i get it if i ordered it online, what would you recommend to do for now?, even slight OC.
As i mentioned before i have stock cooling for now, and the case is open, if that helps at least a bit.

Also, if i got any of those you mentioned, how much do you think i would be able to push it with OC without going over the limits?

Thank you for your help!
December 4, 2010 2:04:05 PM

if you want it cheaper just get the h50 for around $60. It has very good reviews with hardly no review of it ever breaking on people.