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So, hi guys. I've had my PC for about a year or so, upgrading along the way. This is what I have.

MSI 760GA-P43 MOBO
Phenom 2 x4 960T with Cooler Master Hyper 212
OCZ ZS650W
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
XFX 7870 2GB
Corsair Vengeance 8GB

I've been interested in overclocking for a while but I was unsure of what to do, I know a bit about computers but I was just a little scared in case I screwed up along the way. My 212 just arrived today so I unlocked my 960T to 6 cores and OC'd to 3.3GHz by just up-ing the multiplier from 15 to 16.5. I didn't want to push it too far until I got an experts opinion on my mobo and what not. I disabled Quiet'n'Cool , C1E & Turbo Core. Enabled ACC at +2% (I wasn't sure on this, will I keep at that?) I tried to change the voltage but when I got to it on the BIOS it is greyed out and I can't change it. The cpu core temperatures aren't showing up anymore I think it is because of ACC. After some googleing I think I've found away to calculate it from the temp of the cpu socket. Right now I'm running a Prime95 test which has been going for 2 hours, I'll leave it over night. I will add some screens to show you more detail.




My calculation of core temps: Before unlocking to a hex I took a note of my cpu temp @ 30c then took a note of each core @ 16c. I ran prime95 and did the same :- cpu temp @ 42c and cpu core temp @ 23c. Now after I unlocked and overclocked the core temps aren't showing but the cpu temp was showing 33c I think, which if my calculations are accurate and a reliable way of telling, my cpu was probably about 21c(ish), now during the prime95 test (Small FFTs) the cpu temp is at 54c which again if my I'm correct my cpu cores should be about 35c, but probably a little higher I would imagine though.

I was thinking about uping the multiplier a little more and keep running prime95 but I might keep it just now at where it is. What do you guys think? Sorry for the wall of text, I was never good at formatting.

Thanks for any feedback!
post #2 of 21
It looks pretty sweet. Especially the unlock to hex core part.

You have a decent voltage as well. I suggest don't OC too much, because MSI boards are well know for failures, and your board does not even have a VRM heat sink.

http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database
Even though your mobo is not on this chart, just look at similar MSI AM3 mobos and you will know what I'm thinking.
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Originally Posted by TheLAWNOOB View Post

It looks pretty sweet. Especially the unlock to hex core part.

You have a decent voltage as well. I suggest don't OC too much, because MSI boards are well know for failures, and your board does not even have a VRM heat sink.

http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database
Even though your mobo is not on this chart, just look at similar MSI AM3 mobos and you will know what I'm thinking.

Thanks for that heads up, I had no idea. What are recommended am3 boards for overclocking? Think it's safe to keep prime 95 test overnight.
post #4 of 21
I personally think you can safely get your chip to 3.8Ghz without frying that motherboard. I've gotten my AMD six core to 3.8Ghz on that same cooler on a mini ATX motherboard with no heatsinks except for on the chipset.

I have the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 motherboard. Honestly I think you got one of the better AM3+ motherboards on the market already, buying something "better" wouldn't be much of a noticeably difference. It supports AM3+ and 2133Mhz RAM speeds already.

That VRM that doesn't have a heat sink, your motherboard seems to have holes to add a heasink on to that motherboard. Go look around, you can buy a heatsink for that dirt cheap, between $10-30 bucks I believe.
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I personally think you can safely get your chip to 3.8Ghz without frying that motherboard. I've gotten my AMD six core to 3.8Ghz on that same cooler on a mini ATX motherboard with no heatsinks except for on the chipset.

I have the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 motherboard. Honestly I think you got one of the better AM3+ motherboards on the market already, buying something "better" wouldn't be much of a noticeably difference. It supports AM3+ and 2133Mhz RAM speeds already.

That VRM that doesn't have a heat sink, your motherboard seems to have holes to add a heasink on to that motherboard. Go look around, you can buy a heatsink for that dirt cheap, between $10-30 bucks I believe.

Thank you, I'll see what I can come up with. What do I look for when buying a motherboard heatsink? Anything I should take into consideration.
post #6 of 21
You need some VRM coolers. VRM are hitting 77c.
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post #7 of 21
Well, this will do. Its dirt cheap, and if its a bit too big then you can always saw it in half.

http://product.madeinchina.com/Universal-Southbridge-Heat-Sink-Chipset-Cooler-SKU_12911986.shtml

And a even better one, no sawing required !

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708016
Edited by TheLAWNOOB - 1/22/13 at 5:57pm
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post #8 of 21
like dixon said, you need heatsinks for the mosfets. either buy them or save and get a better mobo. an am3+ that will allow for core unlocking (some newer mobos with Rev. 2.0 do not) and upgrade to steamroller. you might be better off locking the extra cores and shooting for 4GHz as a quad.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1189945/amd-zosma-960t-1600t-1605t-cpu-club
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Top down view of my mobo

main.php?g2_itemId=80579


Am I right in saying I have 10 phase motherboard? If I was to buy a vrm cooler, what do i search for when buying one. Thanks guys.
Edited by Meljum - 1/22/13 at 6:33pm
post #10 of 21
you put the heatsinks over the mosfets inside the highlighted area . . .



your mobo is a 4+1 phase (count the big greyish squares). amd msi boards are notorious in vrm failures.

http://www.overclock.net/a/database-of-motherboard-vrm-failure-incidents

here are some example of heatsinks . . .

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7191/vid-106/Enzotech_BCC9_Memory_Ramsinks_-_14mm_x_14mm_x_9mm_-_8_Pack_BMR-C1L.html?tl=c16s1861b111

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7190/vid-105/Enzotech_MOS-C1_MOSFET_Heatsinks_-_65mm_x_65mm_x_12mm_-_10_Pack.html?tl=c16s1861b111

edit: here are some am3+ mobos for cheap starting with the asus m5a99x. . . .

http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1220
Edited by rdr09 - 1/22/13 at 6:51pm
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