Does Sandy Bridge need overclocking for gaming?

Hi guys i wanted to ask you sandy bridge owners a question, do you see a performance difference in gaming when you overclock your cpu versus stock clock? For me i don't notice any difference, the games i play are BC2, Blackops, DC online, Age Of Conan, Metro 2033....Is it possible that my gpu is bottlenecking my cpu? I have a GTX 295 and the games i listed i get around 50-80fps on DX10...Only game that struggles on DX10 with AA on is Metro but still manage to get 50fps with AA off on DX10 even BC2 with AA on DX10 i get around 60-90fps. I guess overclocking dont really matter when your gaming. Maybe if i do video editing or doing some benchmark testing i'll probably see the difference but in gaming i can't tell the difference between 3.3ghz and 4.2ghz.

Here are my specs:

i5 2500k 4.2ghz
msi p67A GD65 B3 series
corsair 4gigs 1600mhz
nvidia gtx 295
corsair 850 watt power supply
LG 24inch 1920x1080p
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  1. Bigmac80 said:
    I guess overclocking dont really matter when your gaming.

    No. Overclocking doesn't really matter if you CPU is fast enough at stock frequencies unless you are playing a really CPU intensive game - like FSX, perhaps.
  2. You would need a much better GPU for the 2500K to hold it back maybe if you got another 295 in SLi you may need a small overclock, possibly not even then.
  3. jsc said:
    No. Overclocking doesn't really matter if you CPU is fast enough at stock frequencies unless you are playing a really CPU intensive game - like FSX, perhaps.


    I have not tried FSX...But i was always curious about that game....
  4. simon12 said:
    You would need a much better GPU for the 2500K to hold it back maybe if you got another 295 in SLi you may need a small overclock, possibly not even then.


    Well my friend gave me his GTX 295 all i had to do was pay for shipping from florida to california...So i had the 295 for about a month....I would get another 295 but i don't think my 850 watt would be able to handle it honestly...I'm just waiting for a single GPU that's just as fast as a GTX 590 or even a GTX 560 in SLI...I'm not really a big fan of SLI or dual gpu's...Hopefully the next Nvidia or AMD card will just as fast as a dual gpu...
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