Yeah I was like that first time, its a lot of stuff to take in.
Well in that case I would start by raising the multiplier. Yeah its best to do everything in the BIOS. Your board has a 8+2 phase which is very good. I personally think the motherboard temperature shouldn't exceed 50c.
Do you have monitoring software? HWMonitor, Gigabytes own utilities? Its just so you know the temperatures and voltages. I assume you have prime95 already? Download Intel Burn Test for now for quick stress tests if you haven't got it already http://majorgeeks.com/IntelBurnTest_d5987.html
Turn off all power saving options, should be in CPU configuration or some sort, basically it'll mention about reducing power state etc.
There might be an OC settings in the BIOS, mentioning Auto, Manual, D.O.C.P. Turn this to manual.
Make sure the FSB/HTT (it'll be called this) is at 200 to start. The multiplier will be at default, so 16.5. Change this to x18 for the moment.
Your RAM is 1333mhz so I would set it lower than your native speed, say 800mhz, to avoid RAM problems when testing.
Do you know if you have LLC (Load Line Calibration), should be down the page. If you have set these to 100% or regular/standard. If you don't thats fine, just a feature some boards have.
Lower down you'll see CPU VID, for now set this to 1.35. It wont be this value so the actual value will be lower.
There is another setting called CPU/NB voltage, I would set this manually to 1.18750 which is default.
So overall this should be in the BIOS:
CPU NB 1800mhz
CPU VID 1.35
CPU NB (volt): 1.18750
So that'll give you a 300mhz overclock using just the multiplier. So start up your monitoring software once you restarted and run Intel Burn Test (standard test, Tests to run: 20), it should pick up errors if found or your computer will freeze. If that happens up the voltage a bit in steps. So 1.35, 1.36250, 1.3750 etc until it is stable.
Don't set the voltage past 1.39 just yet, nor any other voltage settings.
if it passes Intel Burn test then up the multiplier by 1, so in the BIOS it'll be x19. Repeat the process until it isn't stable at the maximum voltage (1.39).
Most people on here will say go above 1.4, but for 24/7 a lot of people have recommended me not to go over this.
Most users on here can get a 4Ghz overclock at a low voltage so we will start off low.
NOTE: By the way if you do have LLC, set this one up every time Intel test freezes.
BIOS is best place to overclock. Overclocking isn't dangerous unless you set high voltages and temperatures are exceeding 70c (I stick to 60c to be on the safe side).
Max voltages I personally wouldn't go past to reduce chip degradation or frying the thing:
CPU VID: 1.45
CPU NB 1.25 (this really doesn't need to go high unless you up the base clock by a lot)
NB 1.2 (I wouldn't mess with this at all)
DRAM voltage is specific to the RAM, leave it at default unless you end up overclocking your RAM in future.Edited by mikeo01 - 9/13/12 at 1:26pm