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post #1 of 14
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hey guys,

i really want to upgrade my 965 but with all this stuff going around about the bulldozer i am not going to be getting one now lol.

is this worth getting and is it much more powerful than what i have?

http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/prod...de=CPI-I72600K

also will i need to get a new motherboard to use it.

sorry if these question seem silly to you but i am a noob lol
post #2 of 14
Personally i don't think it is worth it unless you are experiencing a bottleneck
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yeh i just read a post in the intel forum saying that the 2500k is the best for gaming or the phenom 980 which i could oc to 3.8 so easy. im new to overclocking and don`t really like doing it, but i could get the 980 to 3.8. i wouldn`t have to get a new motherboard either
post #4 of 14
Or you can just get you're 965 to 3.8 ghz. Should be able to get to 4ghz even. Really don't bother getting a 980.
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post #5 of 14
Yeah the 965 should reach 3.8 or higher
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post #6 of 14
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i overclocked my 965 for the first time yesterday. so far i am only at 3.6 with 1.40v i tried without adding volts but it didn`t work. i would like to try for 3.7 now. should i just leave the volts alone now and move the multiplier to 18.5 ?

also which test do i run in prime95 i have been using the blend test ?
post #7 of 14
Don't bother getting a new chip on your current board.
With the cooler you have, you should be able to hit 3.8 or 4Ghz on that chip easily. Just follow one of the overclocking guides for PhenomII.
Blend is fine, an hour or 2 is enough to show basic stability, but overnight (or your word day, IE 8-12 hours) is ideal.

Add a bit of voltage, push it to 1.475 or so, and add a bit of voltage to the cpu-NB as well, then dig up the AMD overclocking software , let that loose on your machine, and see what it can get as stable.

Take note of the settings it gets to, then hop into the BIOS, enter them, and win

I don't normally recommend using software, but over-drive has a basic stability tester built in, and it's pretty handy for finding an easy overclock that you can then enter into the BIOS.
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post #8 of 14
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should i keep the volts at 1.40v and try for 3.7 ?

if i need to add more volts what should i add? 1.425v ?

sorry never overclocked
post #9 of 14
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Yeah the 965 should reach 3.8 or higher
Not on his motherboard.

OP: Get a good 890 or 990 series motherboard and overclock as far as possible. There's more to overclocking than raising a multi and adding volts.
post #10 of 14
You will likely need to add some voltage to the CPU and to the CPU-NB settings in the BIOS. There should be a Tweaker section in there. Set voltages to manual, and go for it.

I'd push the voltage straight to 1.45 or 1.475, and move the CPU-NB voltage one step up. Leave the other settings alone, including multiplier, boot into Windows, run AMD-Overdrive, and see how far it will get when you hit auto-overclock. Write down those settings, and head back to the BIOS to put them in. That's the easiest way to do it.

Edit what's wrong with his board? 8+2 power, and what looks like the heatsink setup from the Crosshair 2?
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