How much OC potential will i have?

Hey Guys,

So i've managed to order my whole kit now and i was wondering in your own opinion what would you overclock my CPU to if you were in my position?
So far i'll only have my CPU under water so this is all ill be focusing on for now.

my CPU build is an Intel i7 960 - 3.2ghz stock
motherboard - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
3 x 4GB G-skill ripjaws (12GB)

And here is my Watercooling setup:

RES - Koolance RP-452X2 Reservoir for PMP-450/S Pumps Rev.2.0
FANS - CoolerMaster 120mm Silent Blue LED Fan x 3
RAD - Black Ice GT Stealth 360
PASTE - Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound
PUMP - Koolance PMP-450 12V Variable Speed Pump
BLOCK - XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock for Intel
TUBE - PrimoChill PrimoFlex Pro LRT Tubing UV Blue 3/8ID 5/8OD
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  1. 4ghz should be pretty easy to reach, even with a good air cooler. It really will come down to the ability of the chip itself, the MB capabilities and stability, RAM and if your PSU can push consistent current.
  2. i was thinking probably 4ghz,, seems like a relatively modest speed without overdoing it. my PSU should be able to hold out as I have a 900w only bronze certified though, however, i've heard that the antec high current gamer is relatively trustworthy. im not sli'ing or xfiring at the moment so I should have plenty of room right?
  3. You should be fine barring any quirky performance by your PSU; 900w should be more than plenty for even SLI/Crossfire.

    I don't think temps are going to limit your overclocking ability- it will be your chip stability at speed/voltage and your knowledge of how to get there.
  4. ah, understood, ok, ill have a little swim around the internet and look for performance of my hardware. Cheers.
  5. Depending on your chip, a 4.2ghz oc should be well in reach.
  6. 4.0/4.2ghz would be really easy in your can even go up to 4.8/5.0ghz with voltage tweaking and stuff....
  7. Just finished my loop last night, had some minor problems but all resolved now. Its leak testing at home as we speak. Ill upload photos today hopefully.
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