This will be my first OC attempt and I'm not sure I have all the information that I need to do the job. Ultimately I would like to get my CPU from 3.0 to 3.6 (reading has led me to believe this is the best stability/performance/efficiency choice on my CPU - not to mention I'm not liquid cooled)
CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 940
Mainboard = Asus M4N72-E
GPU = GTX560 TI (SLI)
RAM = 8GB
OS = Windows 7 x64
Heatsink = Cooler Master GeminII S524
At first I thought all I would need to do is adjust my CPU Multiplier enough times to get my core speed up to 3600MHz, but then I started coming across lots of terms like FSB Clock, DRAM Frequency, NB Frequency, CPU Voltage (reading suggests I move this to 1.5V), and CPU/NB Voltage.
I'm not looking for an "as high as you can go clock" - just something to get my CPU speed out of the weeds. Whenever I play BF3 all 4 cores run @ 95%+ and things are starting to get tough to play (Planetside 2, Far Cry 3 as well I can imagine). This is why I settled on the 3.6GHz - hoping that this is an "easy enough" overclock that my new heatsink (above) will be able to keep cool enough as well.
Can anyone walk me through the steps on what I need to manually set in my BIOS? Do I need to tweak all the things I listed above, more - and to what do I change them to?
Let me know if I can provide any further information.
Thanks so much,