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Old August 16, 2010, 07:08 AM
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well the first thing is to reach a max limit on stock all.prime+3dmark loop stable, maybe some winrar in the background with a spice of antivirus scan as well. then you raise slowly till you need to drop more juice than the last 50mhz or so to get forward. thats nearing the limit on your present cooling.
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Old August 16, 2010, 07:40 AM
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I was running my i3 right up to 1.55, but if you stay around or under 1.5 I believe is fine, they start with a decently high starting Vcore anyways. Just step it up slowly and watch your heat which will be the real killer to your CPU, it should do 4ghz with pretty low temps (50c or so) but as you bump it closer to 4.5ghz the heat dump really starts to show.
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Old August 16, 2010, 08:57 PM
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Just ordered my parts from Newegg & Direct Canada. The CM Hyper 212+ was sold out in all the cheap sites, so I'm going to use stock cooling for the time being and order the 212+ after I've started school.

Final Parts:
Case: CoolerMaster 690-II Advanced
Motherboard: ASUS P7H55/USB3
CPU: Intel i3 530
GPU: EVGA GTX 460
HDD: Seagate ST31000528AS 1TB SATA
RAM: g.skill Ripjaw 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
PSU: Corsair TX750 750W +12V 60A

I decided to go with a more powerful PSU to accomodate future upgrades, rather than having to replace it when I buy something new.
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Old August 16, 2010, 09:02 PM
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Go for a 460 1gb version. The price difference isn't TOO big and it can actually compare with the 470 when overclocked.
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