Hello everyone. My name is Ryan. I have built my own PC's since I was introduced to computers about 15 years ago, but I have never bothered to try to squeeze more out of my hardware than what I get out of the box. Recently I built myself the first "descent" PC I have ever really had. Until now (and even now I would assume), I have always been a few years behind the curve so to speak. But a power surge (or a blessing in disguise) has allowed me to upgrade.
I have build me a PC to game on, and out of the box it runs really well. Here are my stock specs.
OCZ ModXstream-Pro 600W
XFX HD6870 1Gb (Currently RMA'd) --> Onboard HD4250
Phenom II X4 960T BE @ 3Ghz
Thermaltake Frio Cooler (Dual Fan)
16Gb Kingston HyperX Blu @ 1333Mhz
2 x SATA HD's
1 x SATA CD/DVD Writer
The case is an older Black HP (a6009n) which I like the look of (plugs ect. nicely on the front), but it will require a slight modification (ie. a hole cut out of the side panel) as a result of that insanely huge CPU cooler. No problem. ATM no side panel. lol.
I have so far managed to OC my RAM to 1600Mhz, and lower the timings to 9-9-9-24-33, and OC my CPU to 3700Mhz by setting the multiplier to 18.5 and the FSB stock at 200Mhz. This is stable as per MemTest and IntelBurnTest. Raising the FSB results in CPU instability, but the RAM is stable at 210 and I am sure it could go higher. This is all with stock (Auto) power to everything. Next, I am looking into raising the power to the RAM and CPU to see if I can get better results, which brings me to my question.
If my motherboard has the voltages set to Auto, will the components simply get what they need, or would manually raising them possibly allow me to achieve higher overclocks? I have not touched them as of yet, but I expect that when on Auto, my hardware is restricted. I would love anyone's opinion on the voltages, what I should try and what is safe for the hardware.
Thank you for any input.
Edited by RyanCavers - 9/5/12 at 3:54pm