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Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 - 3 Step Overclocking Guides


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Hello HWBot competitors :D


Many of you are far beyond the scope of this guide. But if you want to push your rig to it's full potential and learn how to propery tweak it to the max like the big dogs....this will get you off on the right foot.


I've spent a lot of time over the last few months writing, revising, and attempting to perfect overclocking guides for the latest generations of Intel CPUs. Many of you may have seen the previous revision posted at overclockers.com. But I really wanted to take that guide to the next level. These guides are not OCing templates....those are already plentiful, but have very limited effectiveness.


I've seen way too much "give me the settings" type of trial-and-error overclocking going on. If you are serious about pushing your system, a methodical approach is the fastest, and most effective way to do so.


I felt the best way to start was with an introduction comparing the different choices for LGA1156 and LGA1366 platofrms, and it turned into a buyers guide. It should be a good reasource for power users looking for a recommendation on which series to purchase.

Intel Core i3 i5 and i7 Buyers Guide


I broke the overclocking portion of the guide down into three parts, so that I could tailor each section to the specific audiences's needs. I ended up with three very thorough overclocking guides that avoid the fluff, and focus on the good stuff.


3 Step Overclocking Guide - Gulftown and Bloomfield


3 Step Overclocking Guide - Lynnfield


3 Step Overclocking Guide - Clarkdale


3 Step Overclocking Guide - Sandy Bridge


As you work through the guides, take your time and do it right. If you run into problems, take note of where you are at in the process. Take a screenshot of the problem if possible. Start a new thread with the attached screenshot and all of the relevent system information. We will do our best to help you achieve a good solid, hardcore overclock ;)


Any comments and criticizms are very welcome. Although I have striven for perfection, I know these guides are still far from it. :cool:


If anyone is interested in following my work, please do so here, thanks :)

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