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March 3, 2011 9:20:08 AM

Hey guys, I'm just wondering if anybody knows roughly what i can overclock my CPU and GPU to. I've never done it before but i want too - I'm just wondering if anybody can tell me what i should be able to overclock to as i don't want to try something too high!! Also which program do i use to overclock my GPU??

My system specs are below -

NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Case - 5x 5.25" External & 7x 3.5"/2.5" Internal Drive Bays - 7x Expansion Slots - Steel - Black (B8NL2-UGB)

Zalman CNPS10X Quiet CPU Cooler, 120mm PWM Fan, Copper Heatpipes & Aluminium, 1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2+/AM2/754/939/940

Scythe SlipStream 120mm 1900RPM Fan x 3

Intel Core i7 2600K - 3.40GHz - Quad Core - Socket LGA1155

SilverStone 850W ST85F-P Strider Plus Power Supply - Silent 135mm Fan

Corsair Vengeance 8GB(2x 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 1600MHz / PC3-12800 - Latency 9-9-9-24

Corsair Force Series 60GB 2.5" SATA II MLC Solid State Drive

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Video Card - GDDR5 1536MB 384-Bit VRAM - 795 / 4008MHz Clock - PCIe 2.0 - 2x Dual-Link DVI & 1x Mini HDMI - SLI & PhysX Ready - DirectX 11 (GV-N580UD-15I)

Thanks guys

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a b K Overclocking
March 3, 2011 2:17:13 PM

You should be able to get around 4.5-4.6GHz CPU overclock to start. If you're lucky, you might be able to get closer to 5.0GHz.

For CPU voltage, I would suggest staying under 1.35v for an everyday overclock. Also, keep your per-core temps lower than 75ºC just to be safe.

For the graphics card, you can probably get around 900MHz for core speed. I wouldn't suggest increasing the memory speed very much. The core is what does the heavy lifting anyway. Keep the GPU temp lower than 100ºC.

Use these programs:
MSi Afterburner -- overclock the GPU, monitor temp and voltage.
CPU-Z -- monitor the overclock and CPU voltage.
Core Temp -- monitor temps on each core of the CPU (also does voltage).
March 3, 2011 2:18:40 PM

You should be able to get in the 4.3Ghz - 4.7Ghz range conservatively. You can go higher but it all depends on what you want out of the clock and what you are willing to risk.

As far as what program, I would just clock it in the bios that way you have more granularity on your settings.

Check out this guide for more info:

Good luck, be safe, and have fun OCing. :)