Originally Posted by TopGun960
Thanks for the reply. I really do need my ram up to speed. Its running a whole 500 MHz slow right now. So that would be greatly helpful. Anyway, I have an AMD FX AM3+ processor. I couldnt find anything on that. Sorry if I'm just missing it. Thanks for the help!
The process of overclocking is pretty much the same from processor to processor.
Here is the AMD Phenom overclocking guide, about 99% of it applies to your processor --> http://www.overclock.net/t/280641/amd-phenom-k10-overclocking-guide/0_50
. Your processor is not a Phenom, but it is built on K10 architecture like a Phenom. The only major thing that has changed is your processor uses DDR3 instead of DDR2, but the process of overclocking memory is still the same.
If your new to overclocking, i would start reading here. Yes, this is a link to a Intel overclocking guide, but this guide is very general and non-specific. It covers a lot of basics that apply to all processors. --> http://www.overclock.net/t/1567/intel-overclocking-guide/0_50
This article shows the effect of memory speed on computer performance for AMD systems --> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-ddr3,2319.html
Keep in mind, faster RAM is not necessarily better. In many situations slower ram with outperform faster ram (like 500 mhz faster RAM), if the slower RAM has better CAS latency and timings.
EDIT: This is totally irreverent, and you do not have to answer this if you do not want to. When you built your new PC, why didn't you go with something like a I3-3220 instead of a AMD FX 4170? They are both the exact same speed and price. The only difference is a LGA1155 socket will allow you to upgrade to something like a Core i5-3570K, which will crush anything AMD has or will have on the market. Just my 2 cents...Edited by crimsontears809739 - 11/8/12 at 3:31pm