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Overclocking FX-6100 on MSI 990FXA-GD80

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I'm a newbie at overclocking and just built my first PC,

Here are the specs;

MOBO: MSI 990FXA-GD80
CPU: AMD Bulldozer FX-6100
RAM: CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Corsair Vengeance™ DDR3 1600 4GBx2kit CL9
PSU: Aerocool Strike X 600w 80+ bronze non-modular
GPU: Palit GTX 650 Ti
SSD: SanDisk SSD Extreme 120gb
CASE: Aerocool XPredator X1 White
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Noctua Thermal Compound

I need help overclocking my fx-6100 to 4.0 Ghz, is it possible to keep it running at that speed everyday?
I really don't know the specifics into overclocking, and I really want to learn how to do it, and why do those steps and it's effects..
Most guides I've read where pretty direct and mostly for those who are knowledgeable already to overclocking.
I have zero experience overclocking a cpu.

Thanks,
post #2 of 11
Yes its perfectly normal to have it run @ 4.0GHz 24/7 (or even higher if temps allow).

'Press Repeatedly or Hold either Delete or F12 at boot to get to bios. It will usually tell you which key when you start to boot.
From there just go through the menus till you find the one where you can adjust your FSB and CPU multiplier. Mine is under Intelligent Tweaker section but its likely under advanced BIOS features if you dont have a specialized screen. From there you can adjust the CPU Multiplier which will multiply the base frequency'

This is from post 12 in this thread, which has lots of good info....check it out:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1191858/amd-fx-6100-overclock/10
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As long as the voltages and temperatures are in line then there should be no problems.
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It is rather involved. Have you tried the OC Genie II yet? You can start here
http://www.overclock.net/t/777378/official-gappos-little-deneb-thuban-overclocking-guide-with-too-many-smileys/0_20

This is standard AMD overclocking guide,pretty much the same on FX.Once you understand the basic you can get into specifics for your chip.
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OC Genie will cap at 3.8~3.9 on the 6100, with a 990X you should be able to hit it quite easily. Im at 4.5 w/ 970A But its at a high voltage, 21~26c idles though...
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I have found on my board anything over 4Ghz needs a considerable voltage increase to get stable. I run at 4.2Ghz at 1.404 for the moment, don't like going over, want to keep my chip for many years.

This is a nice thorough guide I used, credit to the writer:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1140459/bulldozer-overclocking-guide-performance-scaling-charts-max-ocs-ln2-results-coming

A lot of reading, a lot to understand, but it'll get you there. If you still don't understand things ask back and we will explain more.

On your board 4Ghz should be easily achievable, I wouldn't use automatic overclocking software, because well, its programmed to increase and decrease by itself, so it may overvolt where not needed, or give you instability. Manual overclocking is the best, because you know where you are, what settings you've set and where you go wrong.

That guide above I found to be very useful.
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thanks, I now have an aftermarket cpu cooler, deep cool ice blade pro v2..

I managed to up my ram to 1600mhz, but it already had that option in the bios.. now i need to learn how to manually overclock my rig..
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If you temps are under 70c and CPU voltage is under 1.55v then you are good to go on any speeds.
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I tried the settings on the video but after configuring those settings, my computer won't boot, led debug panel is just stuck at displaying 19. So I cleared CMOS and I am now back to stock settings, except for my RAM which is running at 1600Mhz, my RAM is Corsair Vengeance Cmz8gx3m2a1600c9, which has same timings at stock 1333Mhz and 1600Mhz.
I also tried those settings at 4Ghz since I'm just on air cooler, Deep Cool Ice Blade Pro v2.
Any suggestion on what I should do?
Correct me if I'm wrong..

Thanks,
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