I see there are many similar threads, but none fit exactly my question.
I have arranged my first "good" gaming pc and was wondering if it is worthwhile to overclock and if so how to.
The pc setup is:
CPU: INTEL i5-3570K 3,4 GHZ 77W LGA1155
GPU: VGA 3GB XFX Radeon HD7950 Ghost DD FAN
RAM: Corsair 2 x DIMM 4 Gb 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 mhz
Case: Coolermaster Storm scout II
Power supply: CORSAIR GS600
Plus an ssd hard disk for OS and games and a basic 2Tera HArd disk for the rest that I don't think are part of the equation.
The specific questions are:
Can I overclock this setup?
If so how many fans should I get and where to put them?
How would I technically do the overclocking?
About the fans the case supports:
Top: 120mm fan x 2 (optional)
Front: 120mm fan x 2 or 140mm fan x 1 (optional)
Rear: 120mm red LED fan x 1 (with LED on/off function)
Bottom: 120mm fan x 1 (optional)
Side: 120mm fan x 2 (optional)
HDD cage: 120mm fan x 1 (optional).
Of which I have only the stock. I was deffenetly thinking of getting the front and one top and put the first ipointing in and the second pointing out. This is the configuration for non overclocked, do I need much more? Apart from a better cooler that is.
About my overclocking knowledge, it is not very much. I am reading a lor right now and have a pretty good idea of how it would work, but have never actually perfomed it.
I would spend way, way less on a mobo - like probably the one in my sig...
Do you live near a Microcenter? They frequently have great deals on 3570K+Extreme4 combo.
You definitely need at least at least a cheap Evo cooler for the CPU. That'll get you in the 4.3GHz to 4.5GHz range without increasing the voltage (more power draw, more heat). I went 4.4 on auto voltage stable but backed it down just because I didn't see a need for that much right now.
Think I'd add one front, one side, and one top-rear fan. Saw an article that I can't find now that tested many different fan setups and that was all around one of the best.