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Question First Time Overclock

Jun 2, 2020
Hi all,

I have recently upgraded to a new gaming PC and currently looking at ways to utilise my old PC.
I still think it's a pretty solid spec machine (as follows):
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz Sandy Bridge
CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler
RAM: 16GB Dual-Channel DDR3 (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard: Gigabyte P67A-UD3P-B3 (Socket 1155)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER (Gigabyte) - Note: This was a new card after my 980Ti blew up.
SSD: Samsung SSD 860 PRO 512GB
PSU: Corsair VS650 650 W

My thoughts currently are:
CPU cooler upgrade from stock?
Move to Gigabyte Z77 DS3H?

I have never really overclocking before because, well, I've never felt the need.

I thought it would be cool to explore and mess about with my old machine to see if I could get a bit more out of it.
I'm not naive to the fact it won't be spectacular, but something would be cool. I think streaming will be out the picture as my 2500K doesn't have HyperThreading.
Improve playing games on this would be good to give to a family member.

Look forward to your help, ideas or tips.

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