Just a week after building my first system, I'm already OCing it...
Intel Core i5 3570k
CM Hyper 212 evo
Gigabyte Z77 UD5h
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mhz
nvidia GTX 480
I've been using these guides as a reference:http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/maximum_pc_essentials_ultimate_bios_tweaking_guidehttp://www.overclock.net/t/1247413/ivy-bridge-overclocking-guide-with-ln2-guide-at-the-end
I built this machine for gaming purposes, so I'm mostly OCing for fun and bragging rights. I'm aiming for 4.1 Ghz. I don't want to roast my new hardware though!
I started by lowering the vcore voltage to 1.1 from 1.185. Prime 95 displayed an impressive 10C temperature drop to 55C max, according to CoreTemp, after 30min. I then disabled turbo boost and the C states, thermal monitor and EIST and gradually worked my way up using the multiplier to 4.0 GHz, where upon starting Prime 95 I got the dreaded BSOD.
BSODs are scary- did I do any lasting damage to my PC? I cleared the CMOS and the machine does boot to Windows, but I'm still a little phased. If you still think my machine is OK, what voltage level/ other settings should I set for this OC?
Thanks for the help.