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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi, I am new to this board and I have just built a new system. I would like to try and overclock it to get the most performace I can out of it, but the settings in my BIOS are confusing because they are different than the other examples online. Here is my system:

Athlon 64 x2 4200 AM2

Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4

2x512 GEIL DDR2 800 1.8v

1x Xfx GeForce 7600GT (the most factory overclocked of the three available)

2x 80gb WD Caviars SATA3.0 in raid-0

Stock Heatsinks

Next few months - another 2x512 ram and another 7600 for SLI

The problem is that the motherboard has weird settings so I dont know what to change. I was hoping someone had experience with these boards. Here are the settings I have to play with:

CPU Frequency 200-500mhz
PCIE clock 100-200
CPU clock ratio (locked at 11 or less)
Robust Graphics Booster
DDR2 voltage
Chipset/PCIE voltage
HT-Link voltage
CPU HT-Link voltage
CPU Voltage

I have seen some crazy overclocking with my processor online, and it seems like I have a pretty solid system. I just dont know where to start. The only stable settings I have found so far was bringing the the CPU up from 200x11 to 218x11 for 2.4ghz, but then I tried to go higher and got post errors. I think by changing that one setting, I affected the memory and other things that could have caused the no post. Any help would be appreciated thanks.
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Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
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Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
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post #2 of 5
ok here is a OCN list of loads of FAQ's that should help you get started, read them and you should be good to go, if there is something unanswered in the FAQ's then you should ask in a thread, but if its just general overclocking, its been answered in the FAQ's!

http://www.overclock.net/faqs/12415-...tml#post115232
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Intel Core i7-920 Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R HIS R9 280X IceQ X2 Turbo OC 6GB DDR3 SuperTalent 
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Samsung 250GB EVO SSD (Internal) 2TB WD Black HDD (Internal) 4TB WD My Book HDD (External) LG 18X DVD-RW 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Antec TruQuiet 140mm (X5) Antec TruQuiet 120mm (X2) Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 23" Samsung 2333HD 1080p 
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Saitek Eclipse II XFX Pro 650W Core Edition Corsair Carbide 300R Logitech MX518 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 250GB EVO SSD (Internal) 2TB WD Black HDD (Internal) 4TB WD My Book HDD (External) LG 18X DVD-RW 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Antec TruQuiet 140mm (X5) Antec TruQuiet 120mm (X2) Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 23" Samsung 2333HD 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II XFX Pro 650W Core Edition Corsair Carbide 300R Logitech MX518 
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Yeah, thanks for the reply. Started using the guides on this site and others, and was pertty able to figure out what my options did. However, upon searching even more into my problem, I think I found the answer. It seems that Gigabyte's AM2 boards dont have a PCI mhz lock. I shot gigabyte an email asking if a future bios will have this feature, but I doubt they will do anything about it. I guess I screwed myself over by buying this board.

Here is the discussion I found.
http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=429663
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
Mouse Pad
2nd Icemat Blue 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
Mouse Pad
2nd Icemat Blue 
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post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
So is there anyone that can help me to figure out a way to overclock and get around the PCI lock issue? Maybe someone knows a modded bios I can download to give me that feature.

Also, I was looking for an option even for a pci divider but cant find one in the bios.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
Mouse Pad
2nd Icemat Blue 
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
Mouse Pad
2nd Icemat Blue 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Is nobody answering because I am a n00b or because they do not know how to help me?
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
Mouse Pad
2nd Icemat Blue 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 x2 4200 Windsor Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 XFX 7600GT 256mb 590/1600 2x512mb GEIL GX21GB6400DC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb SATA3 caviars raid 0 Samsung Lightscribe XP Pro 19"w Fuji, 15" Dell (old) dual 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II 600W Rosewill SLI ready xaviator Razer Diamonndback Plasma 
Mouse Pad
2nd Icemat Blue 
  hide details  
Reply
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