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Awhile ago I got a bundle online.. I really needed a computer upgrade because I was tired of my dual core system, the parts were a decent price to jump into quad core, so I bought it even if the parts weren't the best out there. I scrapped the case and power supply since the case was very cramped inside and the power supply got horrible reviews. I see the motherboard has a few overclocking options, but I'm unsure what to do. Here's what I have:

Stuff that matters:

- ECS A740 GM-M - I have the 5/7/2010 BIOS, not the latest one, but the latest one doesn't seem to have much in the updates anyway.
- AMD Phenom 9750 2.4Ghz quad-core
- Radeon HD 6850
- 750 Watt power supply - Nothing fancy. Kingwin black was on sale. At least it's a name I've heard before.
- 6 or 7 whisper quiet 120mm fans in my case - I think only once or twice I've seen the temp go up a few degrees in the summer after playing games
- 4GB memory - not sure I think I just have Crucial Value. I don't feel like opening the case, but I used software to look what I have and it says 400Mhz ( 400 x 2 = 800). Dual channel mode.
- CPU cooler I have the Thermaltake Contac-30 with a 120mm fan on it:

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1151&ID=1987

Stuff I just feel like mentioning:

27" ViewSonic monitor smile.gif

In the motherboard manual I see the following:

HT Frequency (Auto)
This item enables users to manually set up the HyperTransport frequency, ranging
from Auto, 1x, to 5x.

I also see:

CPU Over-clocking Function (Disabled)
This item decides the CPU over-clocking function/frequency installed in your system.

Not sure what I should be trying for either of those or if I should look at something else. Here's the manual:

http://download.ecsusa.com/dlfileecs/manual/mb/eng/A740GM-M/A740GM-M%20v70_manual.pdf
post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 
Guess I can't edit my thread.

I checked in BIOS.. the HT frequency has settings of Auto (default), 200, 400, 800, and 1000.

The CPU Overclocking.. if I enable that it says 200.. I'm guessing 200 x 12 multiplier gives me the 2.4Ghz.. should I try enabling that and then setting it a little higher? If I do that maybe I need to do something else at the same time. I tried that once, but then my computer did not boot. I had to open case and take out battery to reset BIOS.
post #3 of 5
Leave the HT at auto right now. No need to touch that. Just try upping the multiplier a step or two. If it fails then try upping the voltage in very small increments. (0.01 or less volts)
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Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
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WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
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AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
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KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
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ECS boards are usually terrible for overclocking due to poor BIOS aside from occasional poor design.  But this board will not give you any safe overclock on a quad core processor with its extremely limited 3-phase VRM - and will probably blow up if you continue using that tower Contac 30, preventing any VRM cooling.  That's what you get for buying these bundles (too bad for the misinformed as these bundles [TigerDirect?] are usually really bad for price actually), they don't easily give you those options without the spending of hundreds of dollars more on more upgrades.....

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Thread Starter 
You are right on multiple things:

1 - Yes, TigerDirect. But I definitely am not misinformed. I knew what I was getting into.
2 - Probably not going to overclock. I searched and found a thread here about my mobo only supporting 95w and my processor is 95w.
3 - Yep, I knew I was getting not the greatest stuff, but the price was under $200 for mobo, proc, 2GB Crucial Value, 500GB hard drive WD sata, case and power supply.

I ditched the case and power supply. I could have gotten away with just ditching the power supply, but I wanted something roomy and not cut my hand open on a piece of case edge. Picked up a Cooler Master HAF-912 (high air flow) since it was on sale. It has room for 7 120mm fans inside and is roomy.

The fans are all Enermax TB Silence. What's nice about these are they really are quiet, but put out a decent amount of airflow. The fan blades can be removed for cleaning. I spray with compressed air roughly once a month or whenever memory reminds me to. The blades I remove not as often.

I have a nicer Asus mobo around here, but no money to do anything with it. A friend gave it to me brand new for helping him move. He was going to throw it out.
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ECS boards are usually terrible for overclocking due to poor BIOS aside from occasional poor design.  But this board will not give you any safe overclock on a quad core processor with its extremely limited 3-phase VRM - and will probably blow up if you continue using that tower Contac 30, preventing any VRM cooling.  That's what you get for buying these bundles (too bad for the misinformed as these bundles [TigerDirect?] are usually really bad for price actually), they don't easily give you those options without the spending of hundreds of dollars more on more upgrades.....
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