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cpu/gpu OC'ing, undervolting questions

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by J4CK, Jan 8, 2013.

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  1. J4CK

    J4CK Thread Starter

    Jan 8, 2013
    Hi. let me start of saying im pretty new with PC's but i know a fair bit.
    I have a few questions regarding(the title of this post)

    Ive never attempted over-clocking, nor do i know the steps/cautions/ect. I just know the very basics(i read the OCing sticky)
    Ive stumbled upon the act of "undervolting" earlier today and was curious.
    I've been surfing around learning a bit about them.

    I play a lot of online gaming on cpu/gpu demanding games like arma2,bf3,gw2,ect.
    On BF3 my FPS runs around high 50s low 30s on low/medium settings.

    soooo.. im eager in learning more about overclocking, and all-around improving pc performance, and this seems like a good place to start( apart from google ;).

    In short: im asking for recommendations, tips, and just solid help.
    Windows 7 64bit
    MB: AMD FM2
    CPU: AMD® A8-5600K, 3.6GHz, FM2 Quad Core Processor
    RAM: 8GB DDR3-1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (2 x 4GB)
    GPU: R7850 DD 2gb
    PWR: 700watt power supply
    in a SX Black - Velocity Micro Classic Case - Midsized microATX
    - did i miss anything?? Its a stock computer(besides the gpu)

    CPU: im only using 1 fan(i have a spare laying around) and the temperature is around 34c when im browsing the web. 60c+ when im on BF3.(its set at 100% power)

    GPU: 27c browsing the web. Around 50c(maybe) when im gaming. (45% power)

  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    For starters - overclocking will shorten the life of components, sometimes drastically. Running things beyond the manufacturer's recommendations means that you are on your own, and you should be willing to risk losing the components you overclock.

    That being said, it has become common enough that some boards come with directions. In most cases, the maker tells you that all bets are off and don't come to them when your board dies.

    It can lead to instabilities when system timing is upset or some components just can't keep up with others. When that happens, you'll need to crank down on your changes.

    For fellow overclockers: http://www.overclockers.com/
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