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Hi everyone, came to this site cause it looks to be a very good source of information and expertice on the subject. im currently building my gaming/benchmarking rig as we speak and will have it completed in about 3 weeks... im running an AMD Phenom X6 1100T black edition cpu, HD 6950 vid card, gonna have 16gb RAM hopefully at 1600mhz, and i have what i deem a pretty well off air cooling setup.

My question is where can i find like straight forward, simple to advanced information on all aspects of OC'ing. Im talking cpu, gpu, voltage, ram speed, etc... the whole pie. i have dabbled with a few older software oc programs that just pretty much offer a drag bar for each value, drag-apply-test setups. im wanting the more advanced approach, im a quick learner and im thinking that even though programs like AMD Overdrive is a pretty well spoke of program it must have its limitaions that can only be accessed by ways of like DoS and Bios. Or am i just being dumb?

Any light you can shine on the subject would be greatly appriated and i will keep everyone up-to-date on when i get my rig completed and my first trys on OC'ing... TY all
post #2 of 13
Easiest solution is searching for your motherboard model + overclocking on Google. If that doesn't reveal anything, simply search for an overclocking guide for your processor.

Overclocking is typically done through the BIOS. If you want to go further than Catalyst Control Center supports, you could download MSI Afterburner or Sapphire Trixx.

You're going to need to download Core Temp to make sure your CPU isn't getting too hot when you're overclocking.

Even more would be explained in a guide. Hope this helped a little though!
     
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yes it does help... any bit will. but yea like i said i have dabbled with it a bit a few years back on a PoS computer just for ****s & Gigs... so i know the temp monitoring is probably one of the more important parts.

As for the programs... i have been looking up programs that are great for OC'ing but cant you get better/more refined results by doing the value changes yourself in BIOS? Or are the differences between using a program and manually changing each so small in most cases that it would pretty much not make any REAL difference?

Plus, for the cpu i have an all-in-one closed liquid cooler for it with a 120mm radiator with 2x 120mm fans in a push/pull config so i should be pretty good on the cpu temps unless i try to push like 5+ Ghz or some****... lol
post #4 of 13
Always do BIOS overclocking for CPU. I was recommending for the GPU as I've never even known someone to modify the GPU's BIOS as a beginner. There probably wouldn't be a big difference, I just like using something I can easily reset and not worry about it re-applying settings when I log in.

You should be good then, hah.
     
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kk one more thing... price is kinda an issue but i think im going to bite the bullet and say suckit to my other mobo (its good but not top end AM3+ good)... and get a new one too... what would you suggest out of these 3...

MSI 990FXA-GD80
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
ASUS Crosshair V

all 3 are really close to being identical as i can tell when it comes to hardware but which one really takes the cake on the software and features?
post #6 of 13
Asus Crosshair V all day, every day.
     
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good... cause i just bought it last night... lol that and another $800 of upgrades and accessories...

but i did take a leap of faith on the Ram... and worse case seniorio i can always just slap the 8gb or ram i have of 1333 into it if i cant get it to work until i figure it out. i got the G. Skill Ripjaw X 16gb (4x4gb) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000). here is the link for it...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231503

but i think i should be fine... that and when i get a bit more money pooled im going the swap my 800w for a 1000w PSU and drop the HIS hd6950 into it in crossfire with my hd6950 i have now... maybe x-mas time frame...
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good... cause i just bought it last night... lol that and another $800 of upgrades and accessories...
but i did take a leap of faith on the Ram... and worse case seniorio i can always just slap the 8gb or ram i have of 1333 into it if i cant get it to work until i figure it out. i got the G. Skill Ripjaw X 16gb (4x4gb) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000). here is the link for it...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231503
but i think i should be fine... that and when i get a bit more money pooled im going the swap my 800w for a 1000w PSU and drop the HIS hd6950 into it in crossfire with my hd6950 i have now... maybe x-mas time frame...

My RipJawsX 1600 seems to work pretty well (well, the one stick that wasn't DOA tongue.gif ).

800 should be enough for dual 6950s if that's a concern.
     
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post #9 of 13
You will find a ton of info on the CVF here, and in that thread a most excellent guide for the bazillion OC features the board has here. Mind you, the "guide" is just an explanation of the setting, not a HOWTO proper, but it will get you going.
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thank you for all the help... really looking forward to getting back to the states and putting it all together... wife just got the boxes of stuff from newegg yesterday... got to love their shipping!!
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