So far it's been running great. Handles everything I send at it without much heat difference.
First, since this is my first real PC I've built, I'd like to know if you would recommend overclocking. I don't have any experience with overclocking and do not know if the gains that I would get out of my system are worth the risk.
Also, I'll be more than happy to take an suggestions on how you would overclock it.
Second, I am looking to get a nice Keyboard and Mouse. I'd like to stay under $200 for both, but please send whatever suggestions you have. I've been looking at getting:
Check over in O/c section for a BE clocking guide,
but as you bought a black edition, it would be rude not to hehe
the benefit is basically faster performance, but at a cost of increased heat production
go for it though man, its not as scary as you may think, and surprisingly fun
I'm a cheapskate on my Keyboard/mouse so I tend to ignore that side of things sorry
£10 combo from local shop, last about a year and I replace so I'm easy pleased there
if you research and go slowly, you'll pick up things,
dont just randomly adjust things though, see what the effect is,
like the multiplier guide, note everything on your bios screen,
adjust the multi slightly and see the difference it makes, xx affects yy, which in turn makes cc stop working (do not take this as an instant fail, its a barrier to work round, not necessarily a dead stop)
the trick/art is figuring out how to get xx and yy doing what you want without gimping cc out,
maybe (probably) you'll have to a compromise as your chip wont hold a certain level of Oc, maybe you can set cc lower so that the increase brought on by the xx change leaves it within limits
its a long, fascinating learning curve and one I'm barely on myself, built my first pc Jan10, progressed from software clocking quickly to mobo-based Ez overclocking, to moving this that and the other in bios myself,
I'm no expert per se, but I have an x3 435 unlocked to four cores (luck of the draw, no skill on my part) and clocked to 3.4GHz,
it held 3.5GHz for a while but my psu/mobo aren't really clockers choice
so I backed it down,
probably the most important thing I could pass on to you is
research your gear,
know what it is capable of at best and bear in mind yours may not actually get top results
and this is the important one...
Know when good enough is good enough, its great pushing your kit, but frustrating to blow it up all the time I should imagine
The Pope has recently declared it a brand new sin to run a Black Edition at stock speed. I was able to simply dial up the CPU multiplier, but my board and chip were made to do that together. It's hard to find good information about overclocking. It's hard to find good information about anything on the Internet, but that's because only a few people ever know what they're talking about, and they sound just like the people who don't. In the case of overclocking, nobody knows what they're talking about, so it's a bit easier. Read everything, get yourself a good temp monitoring program like Core Temp with grapher, make a pot of coffee, take the phone off the hook, and monkey around with the BIOS. I like testing my cooler with Core Damage. Beware, though---it is aptly named. It scared the bejesus out of me the first time I ran it.
That's what has stopped me in the past from o/c anything.
There is so much information on the internet, but then there is just as much
information proclaiming that the first is wrong/dangerous.
I have the AI Suite II that I have been using to check the temps. Is this a decent program?
When it comes to stress testing, what do you feel is the Cutoff point? How high should you
test your CPU before ending the test? (Hopefully some point before you fry it. haha)
Also, what is your opinion on all of the MSI programs: Afterburner, Kombuster, etc.
If I did all your research for you, what fun would that be? But just to get you started, I googled < amd phenom ii x6 1100t max temperature >, and I got a German AMD site that says the max temp for your chip is 62 Celsius. I figure they mean max operating temp, so if you bump that before you pull the plug, you won't damage anything. Your cooler is a monster, anyhow. It would be almost impossible to overheat your CPU if it's installed and running properly.
I'm not an overclocker. You should hang out in an overclocker's forum for a while. I would give you bad information.
Is it worth the money to get a nice one, or just buy a cheap one and replace when it breaks?
If you game, the mouse is your instrument, like a cello to Yo-Yo Ma. A poor one can hurt your body. I went through a lot before I found my Logitech MX518. I won't spend $80 on a mouse, but if I would, I might try your R.A.T.---it looks like a good one to get because it's adjustable for size. As for keyboards, don't get what I got, a Filco. The letters wore off the keys week one. It's a piece of fece. But you do need a good mechanical that allows multiple-key input. There is a good article on keyboards over at Overclock.net, speak of the devil. And stay away from wireless---they lag.