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Overclocking Z68/P67 System - Advice?

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  1. AlphaStormX

    AlphaStormX New Member

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    I'm a system builder who does quite a bit of gaming, and I haven't even touched overclocking - but recently I've been getting interested in overclocking. I want to build a system with BIG overclocking potential, so I've come here for some advice.

    So here are some questions:

    Firstly - processor. I don't want to spend on a 990X, but I have a few options.

    Bulldozer is a disappointment - I wanted it to beat Intel, but Sandy Bridge is a little bit too incredible. Something I have heard is that the FX 8xxx series has overclocking chops. Or, I could just go with the Intel K chips. I don't want to break my back spending on this system, but it is going to be watercooled. The overclocks I want are about 4.7 to 5.3, so not crazy high, but higher than standard air cooling OCing.

    With the graphics card, I don't want it watercooled because man, replacing the cooler can be dangerous stuff. And dangerous stuff I don't like. I think it'll be the GTX 560/ti directCU II OR a twin frozr GTX 560/ti. To be honest, I think I'll use MSI because they have great coolers and their afterburner is sooooo good (I've used it before).

    Cooler is going to be a Corsair Hxx series.

    Motherboard is a hard choice - I am thinking about three options. The Maximus IV Extreme, Sabertooth P67, MSI Z68a GDxx or Asrock Z68 Extremex motherboards are my options. I preferably would want a motherboard with an on/off switch on board.

    The case is the Corsair 600T. I already use it but this time I'm getting the white edition. Its just such a good case.

    8gigs of ram, as usual. I will have an SSD as boot drive, and HDD for data.

    I might of left something out - but anyway, thank you for all the people that give me answers. Cheers
  2. cadaveca

    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    How much do you want to spend on the board? Intel 2500K if just gmaing, FTW.


    Overclocking is easy on 1155. Too easy. Get a fairly decent board, but even some of the more affordable options clock just as well.

    Your clock goals may be a bit too high for SB. Very random results of what you'll get...
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    AlphaStormX New Member

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    lol, I can get what you are saying. I also want to overclock my GPU as well, thus explaining why I'm choosing an MSI GPU. Afterburner FTW

    So what CPU can you recommend for high overclocking? (4.6-5.3 ghz)
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    Afterburner works on other cards you know, not just MSI cards. I could use Afterburner to overclock my XFX 6970s but i dont bother cuz theres no need to
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    AlphaStormX New Member

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    Yep, but the reason I like MSI GPUs is because of their awesome cooling.
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Hard to say. It seems the 2600K are a bit better for multis; I haven't heard of anyone stuck @ 4.3 GHz on a 2600K, but 2500K, I have.

    2500K can be good, it just seems that you want to avoid the "Costa Rica" chips.

    I wish I could give you a more definite answer than that on what's better, but these chips, they are just so bloody random...
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    The Sandy Bridge drama is that you have no batch/stepping to choose for overclocking (E8400 E0 anyone?).
    Most of the chips do ~ 4.6GHz->4.8GHz.
    The best i can do for you is, tell you to wait for the 2700k (i know, it will be like 10-20$ more expensive than 2600k) but i remember reading in the news that Intel will make a selection of 2600k chips that can handle high multis (52+) and sell them as 2700k for enthusiasts.

    But with 2500k/2600K your luck in getting one of those golden chips is like 4-6%.

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