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Joshua Mitchell Jan 05, 2010, 01:58am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am having difficulty deciding rather to overclock my cpu or not, this is my first build and am intrigued by the idea but uncertain rather I will see any improvement with an overclock. Here are my specs:

Mobo: EVGA-TR 3-Way SLI LGA 1366 x58

CPU: Intel i7-920 at 2.66gHz

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HD: 1. OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC SSD
2. Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
3. Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

VC: XFX HD-587A-ZND9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB XXX Edition

PSU: Rosewill BRONZE series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C

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I have read-up on how to overclock the awesome i7, but uncertain rather the performance increase will outweigh the increased risk of hardware damage (albeit slim) and the time it will take in setting up the overclock and ascertaining its stability. I do use the computer mainly for gaming, but can currently run all my games at max settings and so far I am pleased in every aspect with my computer.

My main difficulty comes in that most of the articles and reviews I have read, seem to show no increase in actual system performance, and by that I mean increases outside of better scores in benchmarks. Simply put, I am wondering how much of an increase in performance would I see with an overclock to approximately 3.5ghz would yield?

On a side note, thanks everyone at this forum for helping make my first build both a pleasure and a success.


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Meats_Of_Evil Jan 05, 2010, 02:17am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
IF you use it mainly for gaming and you're happy with the performance you're getting then you would only be overclocking for the joy of it since you'll barely notice any difference unless you actually benchmark or record performance. Unless of course you like to encode a lot. Then you'll notice the difference.

But hey you already got a kick ass high end system, so overclocking won't really get that much out of it.

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BoT Jan 05, 2010, 04:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
i think you should at least give it a try and play around with it.
it's not for everybody but you won't know until you try

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Dublin_Gunner Jan 05, 2010, 04:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
It would not be like me to say 'no don't do it' so for that reason I reckon you should go right ahead!

Stick to the many guides on the 'net, and don;t increase voltages too much and you'll be perfectly fine.

Modern CPU's generally run WAY below what they're actually capable of (at stock speeds), so there is usually at least another 30% headroom on clockspeed.

Even a clock to 3.5Ghz WILL give you a noticeable increase in performance - both in games (though not quite as much) and everyday tasks.

Also, if nothing else, its a good learning experience to know how to do it, and you'll great satisfaction knowing that you've gotten your CPU to perform quite a bit more than the performance you paid for :)

And the end of the day though, its up to you, but I'd advocate it!

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Plug & Play Jan 05, 2010, 10:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920

If that is a D0 stepping CPU it will clock to 4Ghz fairly handy...and you will see a big performance increase....just get a decent cooler.

Also PM...Mothow on the forum he will give you some good advice but he is getting old so go easy on him.

Nice rig BTW

i5 2500K @ 4.8Ghz- Corsiar H50 WaterCooler- Coolermaster Realpower 1000w- Asus P8P67 Deluxe - Asus 6990 4GB - 8GB Corsair DDR3 2000Mhz - X-Fi Sound - 7.1 Surround Speakers - BenQ 24" TFT - G9x Mouse- G19 Keyboard
G. G. Jan 05, 2010, 10:32am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
Josh,

Nice kickass system...

What's the bootup time using that SSD? eheheh When the time comes, my next future build is going to have the same storage as you. SSD for OS/Apps and two spinnies for Data and Backups. By then, hopefully the performance and GB/$ ratio will be better. I would like to try to get up to at least a 200GB for the SSD and by then hopefully the pricing will be more reasonable (probably not). I the future, SSD with the SANDFORCE controller will be the one to get.

As for OC'n. It's up to you, but I think you should try it. Get it up to 3.5ghz or further.... play with it for a bit.... and when you are finish messing around... then set everything back to default for everyday usage. At least this way, you know what your system can do. Remember, overall OC'n is not just the CPU but it all depends on the other components to be able to work together to get you there. The CPU may be able to get to 4.5Ghz but your mb, mem, psu, cooling, whatever as any one, two, or all will or can prevent you from getting there.

If you OC and decide to leave the setting as your everyday usage, remember, like anything else, you get use to the additional power and eventually it becomes the standard/norm.


I think you should do it just to see what she can do and then set her back to default for longevity.


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Joshua Mitchell Jan 05, 2010, 10:55am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
Given all that has been discussed here, it looks like I'll go for it, and see what performance I get out of it. Thanks everyone. Yeah, if i remember correctly it is a D0 stepping processor and I do have an aftermarket cooler so I'll give it a try.

G.G.- As for the boot times with the SSD, I can't give you a definitive answer since I don't have the PC with me at the moment (in the middle of moving and don't have it at my new location), and I never bothered to actually time it but I can tell you that it is very fast. Very pleased with it, despite the high storage per dollar cost. Also, idk if its win 7 but shut down times have increased dramatically with the SSD as well, but the only computer I have for comparison is my parent's 4 year old PC.

Michael C Jan 05, 2010, 11:04am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
I would certainly overclock the hell out of it. More performance for free is great. You should notice the difference and will in future programs/games. I've overclocked every system I've ever had and wouldn't have it any other way.

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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
The more you OC it the less it will live. But clocking 4gigs with a decent cooler should last you until your next upgrade.

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G. G. Jan 05, 2010, 04:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
the key word is "should" :-)



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Dublin_Gunner Jan 05, 2010, 04:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
sovietdoc said:
The more you OC it the less it will live. But clocking 4gigs with a decent cooler should last you until your next upgrade.



In fairness, the reality is the CPU might only last 8 years instead of 10. Hardly an issue.

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G. G. Jan 05, 2010, 04:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: To overclock or not? i7-920
Dublin_Gunner said:
sovietdoc said:
The more you OC it the less it will live. But clocking 4gigs with a decent cooler should last you until your next upgrade.



In fairness, the reality is the CPU might only last 8 years instead of 10. Hardly an issue.


and in fairness..... you could be the unlucky smut to get that particular cpu that has an issue with long periods of OC'n and it dies 2 months after the warranty runs out.... you know, hit the lotery of that one in 200,000 flakey cpu... ahahahah


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