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Can I overclock my PC with ease and skip stress testing?

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New Member
Dec 19, 2016
Looking to overclock my PC. However, being new to it, I am looking for a simple way to get it done (if that even exists).

Specs are below:
Intel I5 2500K
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8gb pc3-12800 DDR3
Radeon HD 6870 1GB
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Corsair 600T Graphite White Edition Case
600W modular PC power and cooling silencer PSU

Given my specs, will it take alot of trial and error and stress testing to get it done right? Or can I just follow a quick, simple guide and set it to 4.0-4.5 GHZ and increase voltage.

Also, as there are many many guides out there for overclocking, if there are any superior to others please link them.

I agree. Stress it. Shouldn't take more than one evening. It will be worth it.
Agreed - stress test it.

If you don't, you run the risk of discovering an unstable overclock during something critical like an update or backing up the PC.

Short answer is no not really unless you want a canned overclock which most of us don't go by. If that's what you're looking for you can more or less guess it by looking at the averages other folks have but to my knowledge most 2500Ks should be able to hit 4ghz without voltage increases.
Overclocking an Intel of that generation is easy anyway. You just have to stress test and monitor temps after every change. Otherwise, it's just a matter of increasing the core speed multiplier and adding enough vcore to keep it stable under load.