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Okay so I recently changed my H50 cooler to a Noctua D14 after my H50 began leaking but through all that time with the H50 I never overclocked, so I decided to do so with the D14. Now I have 4GB of 1333 DDR3 ram as it is shown on my sig and I just want to know should I overclock this ram during my overclocking of my CPU and is the ram good to overclock. Also in what increments should I overclock my CPU because I know those test are going to be a minimum of 12 hours and I don't want to do that to much otherwise I'll be testing for about a week. Now this next question I know has been asked and answered a thousand times on this site because I've seen it but with the setup I have, how should I go about raising my multiplier/bus to achieve 3.6, 3.8 and 4.0 and should I touch the voltage. Help me with this even though you all have answered this many times and I can google but this is my PC and my first time overclocking a CPU so I feel this should be a new thread instead of me looking at someone else thread. Thank you.
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Don't overclock the CPU and RAM at the same time because then it can become difficult to figure out which is causing crashes, just do 1 at a time. Also, that RAM likely won't overclock very well but you never know.

For OCing your CPU, increase the clock in increments of 0.1GHz, I'd just increase the multiplier for this, run Prime95 for 10-15mins, restart, increase again, rinse and repeat. If you crash, then raise the voltage a little. Keep going until you hit the max voltage/temperature you feel safe with. IIRC, 1.5V is the maximum voltage for your CPU according to AMD but ultimately it's your choice how high/low you want to go. Once you're comfortable with your voltage/clock/etc, stress test for ~12 hours and adjust settings accordingly. Then proceed to OCing your RAM/GPU. thumb.gif
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Wouldn't me having my ram at 1333 limit my overclocking potential? Realistically where should my multiplier be at if I was to have the CPU at around 3.8 because at stock the multiplier is x17. I did read that with black edition Phenom, all I have to do is raise the multiplier but all research I've done prior has been around raising the Bus Speed and lowering the multiplier so the other method is very alien to me.
Edited by Priest666x - 2/20/12 at 7:04pm
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Not that I know of, as long as you use the multiplier to OC your CPU.

If your CPU didn't have an adjustable multiplier, you'd have to adjust your FSB which would inherently adjust your RAM speed and that could limit your OC to some extent but the multiplier only effects your CPU. Also make sure to keep your HyperTransport to ~2000 since I think it changes it's multiplier with your CPU and the North Bridge may also adjust with your CPU so for now, keep both around 2000. Once you finish OCing your CPU, you can OC your NB a little ways too.
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I was looking at my bios for a few minutes to get familiar with it and notice that if I raise the multiplier by .5 the core speed is raise by 1MHz, I know you said to raise it by .1 but I am not getting that. So all I have to do is raise the multiplier by 1 test for 20 minutes until I get a comfortable number or reach the limits, I don't have to do anything else?

EDIT: Also are there some things that I should disable or enable to make this overclock easier for me or perhaps programs that I should get. I already have prime 95 installed and have disabled Cool n quiet am not sure what else to get.
Edited by Priest666x - 2/20/12 at 8:09pm
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Wait, what? Your core speed only went up by 1MHz? And yes, you just need to raise the multiplier by 1 or 0.5 and then stress test for a short time.
I can't think of anything else to enable/disable but if you don't have a temperature/voltage monitoring program, then get one of those. Also, you can leave Cool N Quiet on, it should have no effect on your overclock.
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Get a program like AMD overdrive, so you can make small changes through the operating system and not have to waste so much time rebooting.

After a few hundred mhz on the processor, you can hardcode the changes in the bios, if you like. Once you've made sure it's stable.

This will prevent the need to continually reset the cmos if something doesn't like the new setting.
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