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Yes I know my MSI board doesn't have the best VRMs but I got some VRM heatsinks. Right now my stock voltage is auto but it stays at 1.4xx most of the time. I'll be overclocking about .2 or .4 ghz soon. I was wondering if someone could recommend some OC settings. Maybe keep at stock voltage and 200 * 18 with 2400nb? And I'm not so sure about changing RAM timing. I'm still usuing a stock cooler.

Also: How long do I need to run Prime95 to make sure that stock and OC are stable?

I've got an awesome GPU for OCing but what should I set it to? right now its at 900/1255.
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I wouldn't worry about stressing stock clocks, just testing your OC are stable. Personally I'd just make do with the unlocked multiplier and have at it from there. What stepping is the 965 btw?
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I wouldn't worry about stressing stock clocks, just testing your OC are stable. Personally I'd just make do with the unlocked multiplier and have at it from there. What stepping is the 965 btw?
Stepping?

I just want a step up so I can play StarCraft 2 at max settings. I'd also need to OC my GPU.
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There's a C2 and a C3 type stepping. They're slightly different 965 BEs that overclock differently.
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Open cpuz and give us a screenshot
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See my sig for CPU verification. Voltage is at stock.

Stepping is 3.
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Cpu-z will tell us what kind of stepping you have.
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I know its stepping 3
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Set your vcore to 1.42v and start increasing the multiplier .5 at a time.
Then test for stability using prime95.
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Set your vcore to 1.42v and start increasing the multiplier .5 at a time.
Then test for stability using prime95.
How long till I know it stable?
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