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Just built my first rig and joined OCN...where do I start with the OCing?!

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Hey OCN community,

I'm a college student and I just built a computer for the first time this holiday break, I'm very excited to have something that can run the latest games. The specs are in my signature. I am looking to get the most out of the hardware, and am willing to invest a little more to increase performance. But I have no clue where to start! After a Google search I determined that this would be the place to get guidance thumb.gif

Should I begin with the CPU? Should I first upgrade the stock CPU cooler? Is there a software I should use? I noticed overclock presets in the BIOS of my TA990FXE motherboard, but am hesitant because I do not know exactly what the options do and if the stock cooler will hold up.

What about the RAM? I have 4x4GB Corsair Vengence sticks running at 1600MHz. Can I safely switch to 1833MHz in the BIOS?

Or how about the GPU? I have a 1GB XFX Radeon 6870, can I increase its performance using software? How do I monitor temperature?

Any answers, links to answers, or general hints would be greatly appreciated!
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AMD FX-6100 3.30 GHz Biostar TA990FXE XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
Hitachi SATA II 1TB  LG 12x Blu-Ray Combo Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit  Ubuntu Linux 11.10 
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AMD FX-6100 3.30 GHz Biostar TA990FXE XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
Hitachi SATA II 1TB  LG 12x Blu-Ray Combo Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit  Ubuntu Linux 11.10 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast 750W AZZA Solano 1000R 
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post #2 of 8
First of all welcome to OCN!
Secondly, check out the Forums and make a thread in the proper sections, whether it be AMD CPU General, AMD GPU, AMD Memory, etc.
The local experts will help you out there.
I can give you some starter tips -
If you do want to OC research it well, but firstly buy an aftermarket cooler. A good cheap recommended one is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. If you want to splurge a tad more, make a thread in the Air Cooling forum smile.gif
In general we do begin with the CPU yes.
In terms of the RAM, no it is not a switch, you need to mess with the controller and memory voltages, leave that for last as unstable RAM is a bad thing (I have never bothered OCing RAM).
You would overclock the GPU using software yes, I am not sure which works with your GPU, once again make a thread in the proper section. There are many temp monitoring programs, one notable and popular one is MSI Afterburner (it also can overclock, but I am not sure if your XFX is supported).
HWMonitor is a popular CPU temp monitoring program.
Once more enjoy your stay!

I see now you are running Ubuntu - is this true? If so, you will not find much, if any, help regarding GPU overclocking and stability testing. frown.gif
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Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
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Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX650V2 Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl Razer DeathAdder SteelSeries 4HD 
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post #3 of 8
As he said, make a thread/search the amd cpu forums for cpu overclocking and amd gpu forums for gpu overclocking. You really cant OC with the ref cooler, so an aftermarket cooler is a must. But one thing I'm wondering: if you're running linux, how can you play anything to begin with? Everything regarding overclocking and gaming is a bit of a hassle on ubuntu.
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Thanks! biggrin.gif I shall create threads in the appropriate sections then, and leave the RAM alone for the time being.

I dual-boot to Ubuntu from a partition on the same drive, but I use Windows 7 for gaming and don't plan to overclock on Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu on my laptop a couple months back simply out of curiosity, and have found it useful for Java programming, Linux-only network applications, and learning UNIX. It runs fine now, hopefully overclocking will not interfere with its stability.
My First Rig
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6100 3.30 GHz Biostar TA990FXE XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
Hitachi SATA II 1TB  LG 12x Blu-Ray Combo Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit  Ubuntu Linux 11.10 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast 750W AZZA Solano 1000R 
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My First Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6100 3.30 GHz Biostar TA990FXE XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
Hitachi SATA II 1TB  LG 12x Blu-Ray Combo Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit  Ubuntu Linux 11.10 
PowerCase
Corsair Enthusiast 750W AZZA Solano 1000R 
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post #5 of 8
Enjoy, best of luck, and we're sorry about your wallet wink.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-2500k 4.4GHz Asus P8P67 Pro 3.1 HIS HD 7870 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX650V2 Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl Razer DeathAdder SteelSeries 4HD 
AudioAudioAudio
Audinst HUD-mx1 Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 Ω Recabled M-Audio AV40 
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Turbulence
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Intel i5-2500k 4.4GHz Asus P8P67 Pro 3.1 HIS HD 7870 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX650V2 Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl Razer DeathAdder SteelSeries 4HD 
AudioAudioAudio
Audinst HUD-mx1 Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 Ω Recabled M-Audio AV40 
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post #6 of 8
Heh, you could have said you have dual boot biggrin.gif I dont think it'll mess with the stability, overclocking and gaming is just PITA on linux. It's probably best to leave the ram alone as you wont see any performance increase from 1600 to 1800 mhz but unstable ram is a beatch. Best of luck to you on overclocking!
Ps. Dont take this as bashing please but I would probably get a better cooler than hyper 212 if I were you to be able to oc higher as bulldozer is known to generate heat when overclocked. Your cpu isnt the best for gaming so high clocks would probably give nice performance increase.
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Welcome to OCN! wheee.gif
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Phenom II 1090t BE @ 4.01ghz @1.4725 V Crosshair IV Formula 890FX NB @ 3.124ghz @1.35 V Sapphire HD6950 2GB, Unlocked 1536 shaders 900/... 8GB Corsair DDR31600  
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC6970 EN Full Cover 6970/50 Waterblock Swiftech MCR320-XP YATE LOON 120mm Medium x6 Push/Pull Swiftech MCP655  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Swiftech MCRES-Micro Rev 2 Resevoir Windows 7 64bit 37'' Vizio E371VL Logitech G110 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1090t BE @ 4.01ghz @1.4725 V Crosshair IV Formula 890FX NB @ 3.124ghz @1.35 V Sapphire HD6950 2GB, Unlocked 1536 shaders 900/... 8GB Corsair DDR31600  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
1TB Segate Barracuda 7200RPM SataIII WDC Blue 500G 7200RPM SataII Samsung 500G 7200RPM SataII Swiftech Apogee XT v2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC6970 EN Full Cover 6970/50 Waterblock Swiftech MCR320-XP YATE LOON 120mm Medium x6 Push/Pull Swiftech MCP655  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Swiftech MCRES-Micro Rev 2 Resevoir Windows 7 64bit 37'' Vizio E371VL Logitech G110 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX850w V2 Cooler Master HAF 932 Razer Naga Razer Goliathus Extended 36x12 
Other
Sunbeam 30W Rheosmart 6 Channel Smart Fan Contr... 
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Belated welcome to OCN!! wave2.gif
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