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Home built PC, anything I need to do to optimise?

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August 14, 2012 1:07:38 PM

Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz
Asus GTX 560 Ti 1gb
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz
OCZ 90GB Agility 3 SSD
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
windows7 64

Trying to optimise the system for gaming and get as much out of it as I can.

I can get a stable overclock of:

3.6ghz on the cpu
960mhz (clock) 2200 mhz (mem clock)

I left the voltage alone at stock which was 1025, is that right? Seems to work fine...

Anything else i should do to synergise the hardware above in any way?

Thanks in advance!

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2012 1:23:09 PM

That overclock does not sound stable at all without adjusting some voltages.

1. What CPU cooler are you using?

2. have you run a stress test (e.g. prime95) for several hours to test the stability? If not, how did you determine stability?

Warning : DO NOT run prime95 at 4.1GHz if you do not have an aftermarket cooler.

EDIT : You also would need to check CRC errors with memtest or some memery test.
August 14, 2012 1:50:24 PM

Soz, I meant 3.6 on the cpu (first option on easytune).
Stock cooler.

Used easytune6 to select the first option.
Stress tested for an hour.
Run under load and monitored temps (60-70).

Everything seems to run stable, I don't want to push it any further without a new heatsink.

I've stress tested the GPU using Furmark, I got it up to 980 before it crashed then pulled back to 960 and found a stable spot. Under load with the OC listed I get temps of 50-60.

Are the voltages okay for the overlocks listed above?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2012 2:18:38 PM

70 is abit high so in time consider a better cooler.
Yes an 3.6 OC is fine at stock voltages.

Run the test for 4 hours with a few memtest instances just to be on the save side.

Other than that its all good.
August 14, 2012 2:22:46 PM

Thanks Novuake.

Anything else I can do to optimise my system for gaming?

How much difference is it going to make if I buy a new cooler and get a stable 4.1 overclock on the cpu?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2012 2:30:56 PM

Well you will get a much higher OC than 4.1GHz with a proper cooler, but the actaul gaming improvement depends on the game. Most games the improvement will be negligable. BUT Skyrim for example will see big omprovements.