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Im gonna be getting a AMD phenom II x4 955 BE in a few months, but until then i figured i could try overclocking my processor, considering if i fry it it wont really matter because im getting a new one soon. Thing is... i know nothing about overclocking, how to do it, programs to use, or if my cooler is good enough or anything! Im using Thermaltake TR2-R1 cooler... cpu should be in my system specs...
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This is overclock.net. OF COURSE! but yeah, you probably can in all seriousness, it can't hurt anything to try.

First, you're gonna want to do some reading on basic overclocking, You'll be using programs like prime95 to stress test your chip. Basically, overclocking runs, bump voltage, up speed, test, if it works, push chip higher without changing voltages until it fails, then push voltages a bit more, rinse and repeat until you've reached a maximum temperature that you feel safe with for your cpu, and or a maximum voltage for your cpu. You'll also want to use HWMonitor to monitor the temps of everything in your case, from your northbridge to your cpu. This, is obviously a very quick run-down of what you'll be doing, voltages are different for different cpu's, and it is extremely important that you do a good bit of reading on other people who have overclocked a similar cpu to what you have. You should definitely research maximum voltages, then write those down so that you know what you're not ever going to go over voltage wise, so that you don't fry the chip.

Another thing to remember, is you are going to want to overclock just your cpu in the beginning, by upping your cpu, your memory is also going to be overclocked, so you're going to want to take the memory multiplier and down-clock it all the way until your cpu is stable, then start bringing your memory speed up. A lot of times actually, memory speed, can be what holds back an overclock.
Edited by MrTolkinghorn - 6/11/11 at 4:10pm
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so whats the temps i want to keep it under? How do i turn my fan speed up? Is my fan good?
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I don't think you can change your fan speed up on your cpu cooler, unless there is a built in fan controller which most don't have. Just make sure all fans are set to 100% in your bios. I'd say, for the Phenom you have, keeping under 55 would be fine, with a max of 60c.
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First of all, the item you're looking at is on sales so why not just get it while it's still cheap? Also bulldozer edition might be coming in a couple of months too so you might be interested in it.
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Well van, i consider this my practice processor, i will be getting a phenom 955 BE for sure and a noctua DH-14 cooler. But why would i use a nice processor like that when im just learning to overclock? id rather get this clocked up a lil and learn stuff on this than fry my new proccesor. Also i will not be getting buildozer. Im sticking with my motherboard and its only am2+ and bulldozer will be am3+. Theyve said that bulldozer wont work in am2+.
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To protect your mobo a bit, and improved OC I highly recommend you get at least 1 set of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835708011 to cover the Mosfets and better if you get 2 sets and apply then as you see in the pic of my backup M4A785-M. This will help stabilize the VRM temps thus improve overclock ability of the mobo.
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@ MattMay: PLEASE REMOVE YOUR AVATAR.

I have made the picture .

I do not give you any rights to use the photo.

The author I have the sole rights to the photo.

I urge you therefore to delay the photograph, not later than the 2012-04-11 (11/05/2012) http://www.overclock.net from the site removed.

Should the content be removed within the specified time limit, I'll leave you an invoice for the rights of the image forward and hire a lawyer to defend my interests.

Yours sincerely,
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@ MattMay: PLEASE REMOVE YOUR AVATAR.
I have made the picture .
I do not give you any rights to use the photo.
The author I have the sole rights to the photo.
I urge you therefore to delay the photograph, not later than the 2012-04-11 (11/05/2012) http://www.overclock.net from the site removed.
Should the content be removed within the specified time limit, I'll leave you an invoice for the rights of the image forward and hire a lawyer to defend my interests.
Yours sincerely,
Holger Kammerer
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this thread is close a year old I highly doubt he will notice your post

you might want to pm him if your that serious about it
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First, this is a pretty awful necro.

Secondly, given that MattMay only has 11 posts, I seriously doubt anyone paid any attention to his avatar, and on top of that I don't believe that he in any way profited from its use.

And thirdly, by necroing this post you are drawing attention to the avatar and causing a Streisand effect of sorts.

Please, end this nonsense.
    
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