Originally Posted by tokyoduong
If there's nothing wrong when playing games then you don't need to upgrade. Just stick the cash in your computer until you need the upgrade(or a savings account lol). The urge to splurge is always strong. If you wait 6 months to a year when new games brings your 560ti below 30fps, then you can pick up the same card you wanted now for much less than what it would cost you now.
If you still want to splurge then splurge on your girlfriend or someone important to you. It will probably make you happier than an extra 15 fps on BF3
You can OC your CPU by just upping the multiplier in the BIOS. When you boot up your comp, there's a splash screen and it tells you to press F10 for bios(or whatever it says depending on your motherboard)
Once in the bios, go to advance settings or OC settings(whichever menu the multiplier is in) and bump it up so you can get about 3.8ghz. Then check for stability running prime or whatever you choose. bump half steps from then and repeat. AFAIK, the i7 could get around 4 ghz or more. For you I would stop at 4 ghz since you have little to no knowledge of how it works. I hope you have a decent cooler and case ventilation. I also hope you have 500+Watt psu that is a decent build quality with a strong 12v rail.
OCing the GPU is simpler. There's plenty of software that will do it(NVidia and AMD has it built into their driver software suite in the control panel). You basically slide a bar or type in a number. Just go for 10% OC and then bump it 1% after that until you become unstable. I do not recommend overvolting or other advanced techniques for you. You should honestly just stop at 10% if you don't know what you're doing.
I like what you say, I'm gonna try those OC tips you gave me, but I wont touch the cpu since I have the stock heat sink and it may not be enough for overclocking, even if I have good ventilation and it's just a little bit.
And I have one more question, which program do you use to see the FPS? the only one I know is Fraps but that can't be the only tool.
edit 1: my psu is a thermaltake 600W.
I always forget to mention something. xD