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Earlier today I was reading up on how to overclock my CPU, after a bit of reading I decided to open up BIOS and have a go! which has turned out to be a big mistake! I increased to core speed to 3000mhz from 2700mhz, saved the settings and rebooted but now my system will not load past the windows start up screen. Its retries then opens windows start up repair which also fails to solve the problem.

I went back into BIOS and reset the settings to default and rebooted but it loads just the same. I then tried a BIOS reset by removing the battery and turning over for 5 secs then rebooting but still have no joy.

Have I just wrecked my machine? I would appreciate any help!

Windows 7
AMD A6-3670k
8GB RAM
Radeon HD6850 XXX
post #2 of 8
To start with - you most likely haven't damaged any hardware if your PC still gets up to the point of loading Windows. If you have access to another computer, try burning a linux live-cd to see if that boots. If it boots up fine - your hardware is safe. Use the live-cd to backup all your files to an external storage device. From there - try a reinstall. If you'd like, you could try setting it to 3000mhz again before reinstalling Windows to see if you can get the OC to work. Either way though, you should be fine.

I think Windows just got a shock and decided to go kaput lol
post #3 of 8
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I reinstalled windows and Im up and running again! I was a little worried Id done some major damage. Ive used the AMD software to overclock it now and checked it with OCCT but only went to 2800mhz as any higher its starts getting a bit hot.

Thanks for the help!
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by G-trot View Post

I reinstalled windows and Im up and running again! I was a little worried Id done some major damage. Ive used the AMD software to overclock it now and checked it with OCCT but only went to 2800mhz as any higher its starts getting a bit hot.
Thanks for the help!

Manually overclock in the BIOS/UEFI. Don't use OCing software in Windows.
post #5 of 8
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Thats how I got into trouble the first time. Does the software not do it correctly? When I was in the BIOS I noticed an option for auto over clocking or something. Would that be ok to use?
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by G-trot View Post

Thats how I got into trouble the first time. Does the software not do it correctly? When I was in the BIOS I noticed an option for auto over clocking or something. Would that be ok to use?

Sometimes it can load improper profiles which might cause your PC to freeze before entering in Windows. Another thing to watch for if you clear your CMOS is to check the SATA configuration. Some BIOSes revert to IDE mode instead of AHCI or RAID which can cause your OS to BSOD or freeze.

Try the manual settings. The problem with these "automatic overclocking" profiles is that they can increase certain voltages too high and cause damage to your CPU or other components. So try to master what each setting does and eventually you will reach a stable overclock.
post #7 of 8
No reason to reinstall, next time just take your time.
     
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.9Ghz Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 EVGA GTX 980Ti SC 4x 4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD WD Caviar Blue SATA II 640GB EK CPUWB & Rad, Temporary XSPC Pump & Res, All ... Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x 1080p 24" Monitors Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Corsair HX-750 NZXT Lexa S (Highly Modified) 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Naga 2014 Steelseries QCK Kenwood KA-5500 Reciever & (Temporary) ATH-M30X's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Atom D525 2C/4T 1.8Ghz SuperMicro X7SPE-HF-D525 Integrated - Not Used 2x 2GB DDR3 Sodimms 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
4GB Sata DOM Passive (except for PSU Fan) Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 Jessie PicoPSU 120Watt with 60Watt EDAC Brick 
CaseOther
1U Supermicro DHCP/DNS/Munin 
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Thanks for all the advice, not sure if im going to try or not. Might just save up for a better machine and treat myself!
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