Overclocking for i7, x58 board & Mushkin DDR3 1600 12GB Memory

Hello,

I have the specs below. I'm trying to understand the best overclocking options (multipliers, etc) for the CPU, RAM and GPU. I know this is a lot to consider together and I didnt want to overcompensate one's strength for the other's. Thank you for any suggestions!

EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield 3.33GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
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  1. Hello and Welcome to Tom's!
    Nice gear!
    Not too crazy about your cooler though if you plan on mid-high o'cing.
    Remove the plastic shroud it's a hindrance to performance.
  2. davcon said:
    Hello and Welcome to Tom's!
    Nice gear!
    Not too crazy about your cooler though if you plan on mid-high o'cing.
    Remove the plastic shroud it's a hindrance to performance.



    What do you mean by "plastic shroud"? Are you referring to Air cooling? Or the fan cooler I'm using on the CPU?

    Settings wise, I managed to get cpu overclocked to 4.3, however I have encountered inconsistencies. So, aside from going with water cooling (pricey), is there anything that can be done to cool and maintain a high clock ratio? Thanks again!
  3. lthoneycutt3 said:
    What do you mean by "plastic shroud"? Are you referring to Air cooling? Or the fan cooler I'm using on the CPU?

    Settings wise, I managed to get cpu overclocked to 4.3, however I have encountered inconsistencies. So, aside from going with water cooling (pricey), is there anything that can be done to cool and maintain a high clock ratio? Thanks again!

    Don't worry about it the earlier version of that cooler CNPS9900LED came with a plastic shroud that hindered performance.
    It was removable but Zalman obviously figured it out hence the version you have "A".
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