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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.