I've recently shopped for my new build and I am anxiously waiting for the remaining parts to arrive. This is my second gaming PC, but this is the first that I'm building with my own hands (I am incredibly excited). My primary goal is to run BF3 on ultra settings at 60+ FPS. I never overclocked my computer parts before so I'm looking through these forums to become educated. However, my lack of credentials and knowledge is preventing me from identifying the best available resources. I decided to start my journey to overclocking my CPU by reading this guide: http://lifehacker.com/5580998/a-begi...ntel-processor.
Do you think this is a reliable source? Please recommend a guide for me - you can find my build below.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($152.63 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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I was thinking that it may be best for me to overclock my CPU to 4.0-4.1 GHz - what are your thoughts? I believe my GPU is overclocked out-of-the-box - am I correct? If so, would you recommend me to overclock my GPU even further? What about my RAM? From the looks of it, I think I only need to overclock my CPU so I would be very grateful if you can provide me with instructions or guide me to the proper source. I plan to download CPU-Z and Prime95 - am I missing anything else?
That CPU/GPU combo will probably get good FPS out of the box.
I'm not an intel guy, but the guide you listed seems good. Although with an unlocked multiplier, AMD's gnerally don't need most of the adjustments listed on lifehacker article. AMD's just need the multiplier increase, turbo core disabled or downclocked, and better cooling. The stress testing and temp monitor software is needed to ensure a safe/stable OC though.