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AMD Phenom II X4 970 OC help

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I'm relatively new to overclocking, having only used software before. I tinkered around with AMD Overdrive, but I'm fairly confident that's what killed my system last time. I had a PSU go out, and then when I plugged up the new one, it fried the mo-bo (a MSi 790XT-G45). $250 worth of parts and a reformat later, I'm finally up and running again. I should also point out that I use this computer for school related work, and need it to be working reliably.

However I play a lot of games that require some CPU umph, namely Battlefield. My mo-bo does have the OC Genie II function which sets my clocks slightly above 3.9, but I don't really have any control over it, and I've heard it can only be so-so on safety. Also, it prevents PC Wizard from detecting the temps (but more on that later). So I was curious if I could safely turn up the clocks using my BIOS, but I have no real experience so I thought I would come to you guys in an attempt to not screw anything up, again.

I'm aiming for 4.1Ghz since I know I can get all the way up to 4.4, or so says AMD Overdrive. I also know that in order to achieve that my multiplier needs to be set at 20.5x (or so I think?), but I know nothing about tweaking my northbridge, FSB, etc. I also don't really know what I need to do as far as voltages go, but I've heard somewhere in the range of 1.45V? If there's a guide for OC'ing a 970 somewhere, I would greatly appreciate a link.

System specs:
AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE
Corsair A50 air cooler
MSi 990FXA-GD80
6GB Patriot 1600 DDR3 RAM
2x XFX Radeon HD 6850
Thermaltake 750w
Antec Mid-Tower 900 Case
Win-7 64bit

Another thing that has me perplexed is that since replacing my mo-bo, PC Wizard doesn't seem to want to run. I love using it because it displays my clock speed, temps, load, and gpu stats. However, now after running for a couple minutes, it just disappears! Anyone have any experience/ideas with this?
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I use coretemp and cpu-z for monitoring
use bios for overclocking




aren't I helpful?
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So helpful! I have actually installed CPU-Z, and subsequently core temp, since PC Wizard no longer seems to want to cooperate. Thanks for the advice though
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bump?
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I'm currently working on a stable OC for my 970 as well. I'm shooting for 4.2 ghz, however. I got through 9 hours of prime at that speed before a blue screen. Talk about frustrating! I had multiplier at 20x and fsb at 210 for those 9 hours, with vcore at 1.486 (although it fluctuates up to 1.51) and my cpu-nb at 1.295v, and temps never got above 48c. My cpu-nb speed was at 2730, which may have been the issue. From what I've read, 2600 is about right for our cpu at 4.0-4.2ghz. My cooler is a Corsair H80.

Now I'm back to the drawing board. I'm not sure what I want to do next. I'm hesitant to raise my volts because of some horror stories I've read with my MSI board blowing up. Although that usually occurred with 6-cores and setting the cpu-nbv too high. So right now I'm at 4.2ghz again but tweaked it to 20.5x and fsb at 206. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what to shoot for. I was stable 24/7 at 4.0ghz with vcore at 1.46v or so. Just make sure you do a bit of research regarding your board and voltages. Google " 'board model' and 970 voltages", or something similar.
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