What can i get away with when OC'ing 2500k/Asrock p67 on stock cooling

Never OC'd before and just wondering what i can squeeze out of the chip and RAM (and what settings to adjust in the BIOS) until i get a better cooler.
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  1. I don't think it's really recommended to try it on stock cooler, you probably wont get very high until you get an aftermarket one. Main thing that brings the heat in an overclock is the voltage, so manually set it to stock then overclock as high as you can stable on that voltage. Make sure you monitor your temps constantly. IMO don't adjust voltage beyond stock until you get a new HSF.

    As for the RAM you'll be overclocking the CPU by multiplier so the RAM will be stock unless you change it's multiplier to, benchmark wise i think beyond 1600mhz usually don't see much difference anyways. Depends on the RAM you are using i think, Does your RAM have a decent sized heatspreader or any form of cooling? I've never really overclocked RAM but i think it works the same way, increases in voltage/multiplier until unstable or to hot.
  2. velz said:
    Never OC'd before and just wondering what i can squeeze out of the chip and RAM (and what settings to adjust in the BIOS) until i get a better cooler.


    Get the better cooler first!
  3. I would also do the cooler first. It doesn't have to be super pricey either. I run my i5-2500k OC'd to 4.1, and get idle temps around 28c. At full loads running 2 video cards in x-fire, it barely hits 50c. I use this cooler and this thermal paste......

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608008&Tpk=nt-h1

    If you're willing to spend more on the cooler, I would take a look at these......

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=noctua+cpu+cooler
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