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Level 7
So I just recently purchased a new custom gaming pc from and had a few questions about overclocking.

Here are my system specs:
Intel Core i7-5930K @ 4.0GHz
NZXT Kraken X61 Liquid Cooling
Dual 4GB GeForce GTX 980's in SLI
16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LPX @ 2666MHz
MSI X99S Gaming 9 Motherboard
500GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD
2TB Seagate Hard Drive
1000W EVGA Power Supply

Cyberware overclocked my i7-5930K to 4.0GHz, but I see that my temperatures are still pretty damn low. I haven't seen it go over 50 degrees Celcius under a stress test. This leaves me to believe that I still have plenty of room to overclock, I just do not know where to start...

I'm also relatively interested in overclocking both of my GPU's as well...

I have given a few guides a look, but to be honest, I'm having a hard time understanding what the whole voltage:MHz ratio should be. Is it all just trial and error?

Level 7
Step 1: Read more.
Step 2: Get into BIOS and save your default overclock to an external USB drive.
Step 3: Download Macrium Reflect. Create a Windows PE recovery environment on a USB stick.
Step 4: Image you c drive to an external hard drive every single night before bed. Possibly twice a day if you are doing heavy tuning.

Now you are ready to start.

Watch Linus cover it

If you go to overclockers forums, you can see straps, voltages and frequencies people are successfully running. For a 5930k, a 4.3 OC will be pretty safe and trouble free.

Go for 4.5 and you'll be successful, but will start to feel the heat. It goes up seemingly exponentially as you add 0.01 volts over about 1.25. The 'silicon lottery' is the fact some people will hit 4.5 GHz at 1.2v, while others need 1.35v.

Finally stress testing for stability. OCCT works for me.

Video cards, by comparison, are easy. Download MSI Afterburner and experiment until you BSOD or can't complete a benchmark. Firestrike is the common standard of comparison.

Expect to get **** for posting a ore-built PC on a specialty forum. Accept it, then glean the good advice. You've posted an MSI build on an Asus oriented forum, so probably off to a bad start. Although THE MSI X99 Motherboards are very good.

Level 10
i would have gone with a single 980 ti for more ram...

anyway, don't set Vore to auto, bad thing happens.

disable speedstep and C stated for static overclock.

for offset, set LLC to ultra high.

you can't use speedstep with CPU straps over 100.

just try and post your results. watch Vcore and temps.

Watercooling FTW :cool:

"essentially one of the most hardcore overclocking motherboards ever made."

Level 15