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Hi all, my first post! have just signed up today, but have been looking through the forums for sometime now. Below is my current spec and im looking for advice on making it better until i upgrade. I dont know much when it comes to overclocking but this hasnt been my first build so i know a tiny amount.

CPU - Phenom II x4 965 (overclocked 3712.6Mhz ) - from CPU-Z
Multipiler x 18.5
Core VID 1.375 V
Stepping 2

NZXT Apollo Case

Corsair H70 watercooler

Motherboard - Asus Crosshair III

RAM - 8GB Corsair Dominator (4x 2GB)

Asus Radeon HD 5770 x2 (crossfire)

Samsung 60GB SSD - windows 7 64bit (bootdrive)
Seagate 500GB HDD

Tagan 1100W PSU





Could this system cope with an over clock to 4.0ghz? And anything im doing wrong? Any help or advice is helpful, esp for when my next build starts!

Matt
post #2 of 7
Welcome to OCN mate!

Is your 965 a black edition? I'm not familiar with 965 multipliers. If it is then heck yes it'll be easy to hit 4Ghz. You have a nice voltage for 3.7Ghz as well

If it isn't BE it'll still be a easy to hit 4Ghz, just requires a bit more patience in testing different parts of the system for stability. Your WC on the CPU will really help out temps too
    
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Welcome to OCN! good looking build there bud, I would say you could get it up to 4.0ghz by taking up the voltage to around 1.42ish.

Would you consider a 2500k for your next build or would it be amd?
post #4 of 7
Hi Matty,

Welcome to OCN!

The system looks really powerful IMO. Nothing wrong with that all around.

If you're only at 1.375V on the CPU then you have plenty of overclocking headroom. 1.45V is a common entry point for overvolting to achieve higher clocks. I wouldn't be surprised if you were able to hit 4.2 on that chip pretty comfortably.

Most people on OCN prefer cases with bottom mount PSUs and better cable management options, and ideally, some more proficient work put into cable management to get more cables back out of the way so that there is less restriction in the case for air flow, and also, less visible cabling just for nicer aesthetics. Based on looking at that case, you may not have very good options for doing this so unless you are prepared to do a transplant just leave it alone and enjoy.

1100W would be perfect for a space heater, for your system, a good quality ~500W would have been fine. When it comes to power supplies, the "enthusiast" knows that quality is generally more important than wattage ratings. While it is possible to build monster machines that do need 800+ watts, that is very rare amongst the vast majority of builders. One of the problems with dramatically oversizing a PSU is that it will probably not run very efficiantly when the system is at idle, which will waste a lot of electricity.

Overall though, your system is respectable
     
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post #5 of 7
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Thanks guys, yes its a black edition, my next upgrade will take out a few of those by the case id like to get (corsair obsidian 650D) which has the psu at the bottome and excellent cable management, and is also all black which looks imo so much better! I have always been an AMD fan likewise ATI over nVidia. Not sure if the bulldozer 8 core will be my next as ive read mixed reviews.

Regards to the overclock is it easy to change my voltage? After changing it can i then run a higher multipilier?
Sorry for the noob questions but dont want to make a mistake!
post #6 of 7
Your mobo supports every possible tweak imaginable. Read the manual and that will reveal a ton. Do some searches on overclocking regarding the deneb series CPUs to get a some ideas. There are important limitations like voltage and temps to keep in mind, but your mobo is a very popular OCing mobo, so you will find lots of information in a search.
     
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Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
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Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
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yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
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Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
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Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
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post #7 of 7
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Have been playing around with settings tonight and can now get 3.91ghz stable, although when i tried to up the voltage to 1.4 when i restarted it crashed windows. So i reset to default settings then tried again but just turning up the multipiler to x19.5 leaving voltage on auto and all seems well. Could i just up the multi to x20 without affecting my voltage? as this will get me over 4.0ghz.

Also been looking at my next upgrade and these items are a definate in my list:

Case- Corsair Obsidian 650D

Watercooled with EK H3O Watercooling Kit - Supreme HF 240

Motherboard - most probably the newest asus crosshair verson.

Others im undecided on until i do more research.

Matt
Edited by Mattyi26 - 11/6/11 at 2:10pm
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