I7 3820 overclocking questions

I have a brand new build here and could use some help getting the most out of my CPU. I use this machine mostly for photo editing but also for video editing/encoding and CAD (+ gaming here and there). I've never overclocked before, and I have a few questions. I don't care to do anything extreme, and I'd rather not swap out any parts. Stability first.

Specs:
i7 3820
ASRock X79 Extreme 6
CM Hyper 212 Plus
Corsair HX750
Gigabyte SOC GTX 560
32GB 1600Mhz Kingston HyperX

Questions:
1. How high can I take the frequency while keeping all 4 cores in use?
2. Will I be able to increase the base clock with the cooler I have?
3. At what point will 750 watts not be enough power?

I'm new to overclocking and don't know what I'm doing - I hope those questions make sense. Any tips/suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Nelson
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  1. Quote:
    1. How high can I take the frequency while keeping all 4 cores in use?

    Every processor is different, you'll need to find your maximum yourself.

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    2. Will I be able to increase the base clock with the cooler I have?

    That's a fine cooler, it should be able to keep up with the heat except at very, very high overclocks.

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    3. At what point will 750 watts not be enough power?

    Overclocking isn't going to put nearly enough strain on your CPU to necessitate a bigger PSU, 750W is plenty, even if you stuck a second GTX 560 in there.
  2. willard said:
    Quote:
    1. How high can I take the frequency while keeping all 4 cores in use?

    Every processor is different, you'll need to find your maximum yourself.

    Quote:
    2. Will I be able to increase the base clock with the cooler I have?

    That's a fine cooler, it should be able to keep up with the heat except at very, very high overclocks.

    Quote:
    3. At what point will 750 watts not be enough power?

    Overclocking isn't going to put nearly enough strain on your CPU to necessitate a bigger PSU, 750W is plenty, even if you stuck a second GTX 560 in there.


    Good news. Thanks.
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