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Scared to overclock my 6600K

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Jaymeh

New Member
Joined
Jan 30, 2016
So I'm an adult who only just build his PC.
I don't have a great build going on.
- Z11 Plus Case
- Asus z170 Mobo
- R9 290 4GB GPU
- Skylake 6600K
- Hyper Evo Cooler
- 4X4GB RAM DDR4

My build is so flawed. I have a Skylake I am scared to overclock, thinking it will die, overheat and break or kill other parts in my build.
I have read that overclocking doesn't really do much for gamers and the high risks..
I'm far from smart, I have no idea about voltages and running tests...

Should I return my 6600K and go with 6600?

I am so stupid I brought the air cooler before realizing I should have went water cooling for an overclock build...
I haven't been so stressed out in a long time.

Any advice is appreciated.
 

usandthem

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Jan 31, 2016
Location
NC
If you are not comfortable overclocking, don't. It's not like your CPU is slow. You can enjoy your system now, and in the future after reading up on what to do/not to do, you can give a go at it. I didn't attempt to overclock my CPU until I was 'up-to-speed' with my understanding on how to do it (this was back in 1999/2000). Nowadays, motherboard manufacturer programs will overclock it for you so you don't really have to do much of anything. There are pros and cons to letting software decide your overclock, but it is generally safer because they have some safety parameters built into it.

The 6600k also runs faster than the 6600 at stock (3.5 Ghz vs 3.3. Ghz), so I wouldn't return it.

Lastly, most people overclock with air coolers. However, the people who push the CPU to its absolute maximums, usually do it with water. That cooler will keep a moderately overclocked 6600k cool. You can always upgrade to a high-end air cooler in the future as well.
 

wingman99

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Joined
Dec 10, 2003
Don't return your CPU, in the future you will want to overclock a little, that cooler will do fine.
 

Silver_Pharaoh

Likes the big ones n00b Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2013
So I'm an adult who only just build his PC.
I don't have a great build going on.
- Z11 Plus Case
- Asus z170 Mobo
- R9 290 4GB GPU
- Skylake 6600K
- Hyper Evo Cooler
- 4X4GB RAM DDR4

My build is so flawed. I have a Skylake I am scared to overclock, thinking it will die, overheat and break or kill other parts in my build.
I have read that overclocking doesn't really do much for gamers and the high risks..
I'm far from smart, I have no idea about voltages and running tests...

Should I return my 6600K and go with 6600?

I am so stupid I brought the air cooler before realizing I should have went water cooling for an overclock build...
I haven't been so stressed out in a long time.

Any advice is appreciated.
Unless you pump some really high voltages there's not a whole lot of risk involved.

We can walk you through it one step at a time, the Hyper EVO is a good air cooler.
Honestly IMHO, water is only needed when reaching for the stars on Intel. Or running a stock AMD FX :rofl:
 

Woomack

Benching Team Leader
Joined
Jan 2, 2005
There are so many protection technologies in new hardware that is really hard to kill anything by overclocking. If you keep reasonable voltages and temps then all will be fine. Let's say no more than 1.35V on CPU and full load temps below 90*C ( assuming you won't run like that 24/7 ).
 

Zuzzz

Premium Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2003
Being a "K" chip if you blew the chip up you get 1 free replacement no questions asked for up to 3 years. So you are going to be ok either way. Im with the rest of the comments. Learn about how and what to do first then play with it. Youll enjoy it alot.

Z
 

dopemoney

Registered
Joined
Nov 28, 2015
i recently upgraded to 6700k and i can tell you that skylake cpus are very tolerant. i started with low oc at 4.5ghz and [email protected] and was rock solid. i use low-end aio liquid cooler (Corsair H55) and under full load for a couple of hours I never got above 85C. Plus, Woomack is spot on, there are protection measures in place to keep the guys who push the limits from exploding their pc. what will most likely happen if you push too far is you will be escorted back to BIOS to ease off the pedal.
 

myndlessdayz

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Dec 29, 2004
Location
City of Sin
Most boards have preset overclocking which aren't ideal to use but do work to an extent. It can get you to X.XGhz without voltages tuned (you want highest OC with lowest possible volts that pass stress tests without crashing and of course keeping tests in check).

There are many thorough stickies in the forum which you can read through hat can help and possibly ease your mind over overclocking. And even after reading through those and you still don't feel comfortable doing it then don't do it. If not then by all means try it out and if you need more help ask questions! People here are more Han happy to help out someone starting out. OCF is a great community.