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Hello, I'm new to overclocking and frankly I'm not sure what I'm doing, I understand the basics, and I've read some guides, but nothing has really helped me so I thought maybe someone might be able to help shed some light on my specific setup. I'm not technical illiterate, I just simply don't have experience in overclocking.

I'm attempting to simply get the chip to 3.0GHz which I've read countless times is not a challenging feat besides the fact that I can't get mine passed 2.86GHz using the preset rather than manual because anything I do manual doesn't even get past POST.

Specs:

CPU: C2Q Q8300
RAM: 8GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz Kingston HyperX
GPU: ATI Radeon 6850 1GB
Mobo: ASUS P5G41T-M LX Plus
PSU: 550W Antec 80+ Certified

Maybe someone has some experience with the same setup? I've read elsewhere that the motherboard is the reason I can't get to the desired speed.
post #2 of 7
G41 boards are very limited in the overclocking department. You're going to want a P45 board to get the most out of that chip thumb.gif
post #3 of 7
To start, post your current temps, voltages, etc...
    
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As I stated in the post I have it set to the automatic setting due to my manual settings not even getting past POST. Temperatures have been under 60'C on full load, under around 35'C idle. I was more so looking for help on manual settings, currently the automatic settings (15%) sets it to 381.7 FSB, 1.288 core voltage. Which equates to 2.86GHz from 2.5GHz, trying to get 3.0GHz.

Sorry for the possibly useless information response, as I said I really have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to this subject of computing, so if you could break down even more specifically what you need/want I can give you that information.
post #5 of 7
G41 will be lucky to get past 400MHz FSB. Some don't even have BIOS settings for NB voltage.

You'll need to read guides and use manual settings, but a Q9550 on a G41 is like putting a Ferrrari on bicycle tires.
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I see, well this is an upper end G41 board if I'm not mistaken and I do have all those options, but I can't get the settings right for it to boot @ 400FSB. So can anyone attempt to give me some settings to try or anything?
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Originally Posted by rhokk3 View Post

I see, well this is an upper end G41 board if I'm not mistaken and I do have all those options, but I can't get the settings right for it to boot @ 400FSB. So can anyone attempt to give me some settings to try or anything?

As was previously stated, G41 doesn't deal with overclocking very well; regardless of the brand or model. You'll need a different chipset if you want to squeeze as much juice out of that chip as possible.
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