Maximizing new home-built desktop

Hello all,

I have just bought all the components for a desktop I am going to build and am now just waiting for all of the parts to arrive. In the meantime however, I am trying to find out as much as I can about how to maximize performance once I do get it built. I have really only ever overclocked a cpu once before (and only by about 15%) and was just wondering how easy it is to oc ram and/or other components compared to ocing a cpu. Here are the parts I ended up ordering;

case-XCLIO Blackhawk Black Finish 0.8 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Extreme Cooling Computer Case

cpu-Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

mobo-ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

ram-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

power supply-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...

video card-SAPPHIRE 100290SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity ...

hard drive-
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

With the cpu cooler I bought, I imagine I will oc the cpu to around 4.3-4.7 (ambient air temp where tower is will normally avg 65 degrees F) and I would like to oc the ram (somewhat scared because I don't know much about this) and maybe look into actual programs that I could run to slightly change some settings to maximize other stuff (one that comes to mind is something called tpc or tcp something-I did some of this stuff about 10 years ago, but pretty much forget everything now). Anyways if anyone could just give me a general rundown of maybe complexity vs. performance gain, it would be very much appreciated.
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  1. Over clocking the processor is simple and will give you most gain, overclocking the 5870 if straight forward and will give some gain, overclocking RAM is trial and error and give little to no benefit.
  2. ther is software that you can use to overclock however it is not advised by most on this forum. i agree with them, the best and most reliable way to overclock is using the bios.

    i second simon12 that overclocking your cpu will give you the most benifit.

    what i would do is start downloading the best software for testing and monitoring, i use
    - core temp ( for temprature of cpu)
    - prime95 for stress testing your ram and cpu.
    - cpuz for info on the processor volts ect

    the best way to overclock i have found is
    - search the internet for overclocking results to get an idea of your proccessor and what to aim for ( remember all cpu's are different)
    - work out the max temps and voltages for your chip (do not exceed them)
    - overclcok gradualy changing individual settings so you can work out what setting caused any problems.
    - after each setting change run prime for 30 mins monitoring the temps using core temp.
    - when you reach your goal or can not run prime with out errors back the settings down and run prime overnite or while at work.

    this is what i advise it is a matter of trial and error.

    the key is research as this will give you certain voltages and temps that you should not pass and will also give you an indication of what settings to start with.

    give it a go and shout when you need a little help.

  3. What they said, overclock the CPU and the video card, GPU and video RAM. You can also increase the voltage to the RAM and try to get better timings at that speed.

    For temperature monitor i recommend CPUID HWMonitor because it records min/max values, CPU temperature, CPU core temperature(each core with it's own temp), video card temperature and motherboard temperature and others, plus CPU cooler and case coolers speed.

    Also GPUID is good for monitoring and read the values of the video card.

    When you overclock the video card verify the temps and check for artifacts or crashes wile gaming.

    You need to buy an aftermarket cooler for your CPU. I expect at list 4Ghz out of it :) .

    When you finish overclocking and temperatures are not too high and voltages are right run prime95 for at list 24 ores to check for errors.
  4. I forgot to mention the cpu cooler

    Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

    Also forgot to mention the ssd

    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    So, with that cpu cooler, I think I should be able to able to bump it to around 4.5ghz.
  5. You don't really need to overclock the CPU to such high speeds, maybe just to see how far it will go to show off what your PC can do, but for 24/7 usage 4Ghz is more than enough.
    I recommend lots of research before you do it and if possible a helping hand.
  6. Thats a great cooler but its huge and much more than you need for the CPU. Everything seems to say the 2600Ks don't run anywhere near as hot as the i7 9XXs and peaple have got good overclocks on the stock cooler (not that I recommend overclocking on the stock cooler). I recommend the 212+ or the zalman something performa.
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