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I have a Phenom II X4 840
model #:HDX840WFGMBOX

runs stock at 3.2GHz would like to overclock it some but I really have no idea how to overclock the little guy...
have a couple questions.
1) the obvious how do I do it?
2) how much does overclocking increase wattage used? according to AMD my X4 uses 95W my mobo says its "max CPU TDP" is 125w
3) Right now I'm still using the stock fan. does any one have a suggestion on another fan that won't break the bank? (hehe not needed but if it has a cool red led I'd like it more )

Thank you for any assistance you give me
     
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For the fan take CM 212+ my friend uses it for phenom x6 and cant be happier for that price
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Soldering iron and wire snips



j/k
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If you're going by asthetics Grab a 212 and a Red LED fan x3
But otherwise, for the same money you could grab yourself a Corsair A50 or.. an AC Freezer 13

But overclocking wise, I have no clue with the 840.. First of all you're going to need to see if you can edit the FSB from within your bios.
Your overall overclock/Core clock is determined by many factors, but the basics are FSB (usually 200 on AMD processors) x (times) the Multiplier.
Multi x FSB

Firsts things first though. Swap out the stock cooler if you're ever going to go anywhere near overclocking.
Second, Incremint the FSB by 1MHz each time, boot your computer, if it loads run some basic tests. If stable (no BSOD) repeat.
When you hit the point where its unstable, increase the vCore slightly, try the higher FSB again, if it posts, checks out fine.. repeat..
Repeat until happy.. x3
Edited by ShadowEW - 11/8/11 at 6:10am
 
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I have a Phenom II X4 840
model #:HDX840WFGMBOX

runs stock at 3.2GHz would like to overclock it some but I really have no idea how to overclock the little guy...
have a couple questions.
1) the obvious how do I do it?
2) how much does overclocking increase wattage used? according to AMD my X4 uses 95W my mobo says its "max CPU TDP" is 125w
3) Right now I'm still using the stock fan. does any one have a suggestion on another fan that won't break the bank? (hehe not needed but if it has a cool red led I'd like it more )

Thank you for any assistance you give me
ok first DO NOT overclock further than 3.4GHz unless you get an after market cooler because the temps will get high.

second to overclock the CPU or RAM you have to get into the BIOS and increase the CPU voltage and CPU frequency same thing goes for the RAM.

always remember low temperature + ok voltage (not too high and not too low) = stable PC. On the other hand high temperature or low voltage = unstable PC and a lot of BSOD.
    
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What is a Process for adjusting Voltage and frequency and checking to make sure its not getting to hot and that im not drawing too much or too little wattage?
     
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