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Greetings,

I am a newbie to overclocking. I read a lot of Sandy Bridge overclocking guides. I am planning to overclock my system this weekend. Before I do so, I want to confirm a couple of things.

I am running on air cooling. My case is HAF 922, equipped with 200mm fans on the front, top and side, 120mm fans on the bottom and the back. I installed a Cooler Master Hyper212+ onto my CPU. What load temperatures should I be looking at for a 4GHz clock? And what is the ideal temperature for a loaded CPU on air cooling?

For starters, I am just trying to hit 4GHz. Which means I will set my turbo multiplier to x40. I want my CPU voltage to be as low as possible. So is it okay to set the CPU voltage at 1.35v and turbo multiplier at x40 right from the start (I believe these values are normal and sufficient to boot into OS without problems) and then slowly lower down the voltages until I couldn't boot into OS. Do people do that? And will it do any harm to my system instead of the normal way of notching up your voltages as you need to?

I am also unfamiliar with the clockings of memory. I read a guide that suggested I just manually key in the timings and voltages according to the label on the memory module. And then try to adjust the BCLK to achieve as close to the memory speed as you want. Is that it? It sounds so simple compared to the other guides. Hope someone can enlighten me on this.

I don't plan to tweak my BCLK for now. So does that mean setting my memory to its stock speed should be as simple as mentioned above?

Thanks.
Edited by Davinci.ccy - 5/11/11 at 7:07pm
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Well you might want to looke here mate: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uide-p67a.html

And about the temps - Personally I want to stay below 75c (You shoudl be able to do that with your setup ).. Good weekend and happy OCing
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Well you might want to looke here mate: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...uide-p67a.html

And about the temps - Personally I want to stay below 75c (You shoudl be able to do that with your setup ).. Good weekend and happy OCing
That guide is one of the first guides I read. But it is too advance for me. So I moved on to the other guides which I managed to find in Google. Those easier beginner guides helped me understand a lot of the basic architecture and flow of overclocking.
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That guide is one of the first guides I read. But it is too advance for me. So I moved on to the other guides which I managed to find in Google. Those easier beginner guides helped me understand a lot of the basic architecture and flow of overclocking.
Okay .. Well I personally would suggest you not to edit your RAM tamings at first then, but raise your Vcore, Multiplier and FSB instead - see what happens, and keep an eye on your temps

There isnt really a right or wrong way to OC a component, since every component is different.

What I do know from personally experience is that you need a high multiplier on sandybridge - So I probaly would try reach a high multiplier.

You wanted to reach 4GHz? .. Is should be able to do that on stock voltage
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Thanks for your quick reply. Stock voltage should be enough for me to reach 4GHz? That's great! As for the memory, I don't want to overclock it. I just want it to perform at its maximum or near maximum speed if possible. For that case, and given that I don't want to overclock my BCLK, it should be easy to achieve right?
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Yes - Stock voltage SHOULD be enough, not always like that though .. But It probaly will.

For the Memory it seems you got it right, so yeah it should be easy to achive - reply back with your result, glad I could help
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Thanks for the welcome wishes. I will be late in posting my results though. I will be posting around the coming Monday. Hope all goes well. If any of you have any tips or advices for me, please do keep them coming. Thanks.
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I personally would rather work my way up the voltages rather than setting it and working down. Also use programs like OCCT and prime95 to check your stability. I usually run OCCT for 1 hour on medium data set. Usually if my OC is unstable it'll crash within that hour and I can up the voltage and try again. If it passes that then I'll run prime95 for at least 8 hours with smallFFT, large FFT and blend modes to check longer term stability.
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