Hi I will soon have my new parts delivered to my house so I can build my new computer...well upgrade the old one >.>
these are my specs that should arrive soon:
XFX Radeon HD7870 2048MB Double Dissipation
Corsair 8GB (2x4096MB) CL9 1600Mhz VENGEANCE
Corsair Hydro H70 Core
XFX Core Edition 650W 80+ Bronze
Intel Core i5 3570K 3,4Ghz (Ivy Bridge)
ASRock Z77 PRO3 ATX
now what I would like to know from u guys is how high i should go ( with my cpu (I'm thinking 4.2 just as a nice first OC, which isnt too demanding))
any way I used the search function and tried reading and watching youtube vids of this but it seems everything people say is specific for just their system and it doesn't apply for everyone....I dunno if it is just me or ...well it prolly is but, as it is gonna be my first oc I'm really scared of breaking things.
OK there is a guide, its not really for beginners, so it boils down to...
1. Disable all power saving adn turbo boost features and pick a load calibration, 1 being very stiff and one voltage constantly, 2 being a little more relax(easier to achieve stability), i prefer level 2.
2. Set voltage to fixed at first and drop it to 0.9v.
3. Boot into windows and run prime 95 or similar stresstest to test for stability for atleast half an hour. This will give you an idea of how sensitive your specific CPU is to voltage change.
4. Increase your voltage to 1.2v and multiplyer to 4.2GHz. Test thoroughly for an hour. Keep a close eye on temps with real temp or HWmonitor.
If you have stability, either push the multiplyer some more or start dropping voltages by 0.05 until you lose stability, then up it one nothc again and test for 6hours, and VIOLA you have your OC. If you dont have stability at 1.2v, then increase voltage by 0.05v and try again until you get stability.