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For awhile i have strictly been overclocking my GPU. I have not yet had the courage to take a step into overclocking my CPU yet. (primarily cause i dont have a job so if i mess up my processor im screwed). So at stock my CPU is 3.2 Ghz, i wanna try to go too 3.4 Ghz with complete stability. all my listed parts for my "Blue Beast" build are up-to-date. Using Core-temp it shows that idle my CPU temp is 42C. Havent gotten to check under load yet. Also my Phenom II x4 955 IS Black Edition.

So really im wondering where should i start? Also any ideas for tools i should use?
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post #2 of 15
This guide will help a lot, post back if you have questions:

Phenom II Overclocking Guide

This guide will help you understand temps and what to watch for:

AMD Temp Information and Guide
post #3 of 15
CPU-Z is handy for checking the FSB and vCore - but other than that, overclocking should be done entirely from the BIOS. Speedfan is great for checking temperatures as well.
post #4 of 15
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Ok i have it at 3.4 Ghz atm using AMD overdrive. Running a stability test now. How long should i run to check for 100% stability? also, its at 59C atm under 100% load. is this ok? i read 60 should be about max.
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Is this the 880GM or 880GMA UD2H?
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the UD2H
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Quote:
Originally Posted by h4344 View Post
Ok i have it at 3.4 Ghz atm using AMD overdrive. Running a stability test now. How long should i run to check for 100% stability? also, its at 59C atm under 100% load. is this ok? i read 60 should be about max.
Your hitting 59C Core Temp under load so you'll want to back that clock down till you get better cooling. Too easy to exceed 60C for extended periods with the stock cooler.
post #8 of 15
Yeah, you're gonna need better cooling. At stock speeds your 955 should be alright at 1.25 vcore. Overclocking to 3.4 just seems silly. I have been able to get 3870MHz at 1.375.
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Crucial M500 Seagate  EK-KIT L120 Swiftech MCR-H220 
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post #9 of 15
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Backed down the voltage from 1.4 stock to 1.375. (Not relating to your post). And again im surei could do a hella lot better but atm i have never OC'ed a CPU so im cautious atm. Also atm while i am running a test at the new settings the temp seem's too be holding at 56. (bouncing off 55 and 56). So looks like i dropped a few degrees at least.
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post #10 of 15
If you can maintain 55C then that's great, keep it there until you get your darknight then you can overclock higher
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