Re: bottlenecking question
That's a very mild OC. You're not doing that on the stock cooler are you? If so, take it back down to stock. When I had my 2500k I ran it at 4.5 for a few months then due to noise and heat I put it back to stock. That moment is when I realized overclocking the CPU is worthless for games if you have a SB or above processor.
The most you'll ever get a positive benefit (as in worth it for the heat and power consumption or cost of cooling) is when you render or do other such actual CPU intensive applications. Benchmarking also shows the benefits of a faster processor in the form of scores, but I don't really consider that a positive benefit. Synthetic benchmarking doesn't really equate to actual performance benefits in something like gaming which is 90% GPU biased. OCing for games will only be relevant they actually start making use of cores. When that time comes, I'll post about it probably in my stickied thread.
So in that case, if you have aftermarket cooling the 3.7 clock is fine, but just remember that the turbo on the 2500k is to 3.9 making that slight OC a bit useless.
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