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Well I honestly don't even know where to begin, as I have never even attempted to overclock before. The only thing that may be a problem is that I don't have any "aftermarket" cooling or heat sinks, but I don't want to do anything crazy as far as the overclocking goes. Just want to squeeze out whatever stable and safe performance I can!

Basically before I begin I want to know what I'm doing...

What software should I download, as I assume there will be a lot of trial and error involved with this

Ram: g.Skill Ripjaws 8gb

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3

Power: 600W

Case (to show fans/cooling): MidTower

Also.. I always notice that on start up when I see my BIOS screen I can press 4 to their "ASUS core unlocker" or whatever...

CPU-Z is saying that my CPU "Core Voltage" is sitting around 1.332 V
Also... the RAM I purchased states that it is a CL9 but CPU-Z is saying that the CAS Latency is at "11.0 clocks" why would this be?
Edited by cctaylor88 - 1/25/13 at 6:37pm
post #2 of 12
I wouldn't overclock with that board, it's VRMs aren't heatsinked. Do some reading first. Here's a good place to start: http://www.overclock.net/t/499526/official-phenom-ii-x4-9x5-oc-club

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Yeah Ive been browsing over that guide as well.. and what do you mean its VRMS arent heatsinked? Could you elaborate please
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No VRM heatsinks on that motherboard may limit your ability to maintain a reliable overclock due to potential overload in VRMs from lack of cooling and lower (4+1) phase count, to summarize the issue with your system. Ensure heatsinks or (better yet) that a fan of sorts is pointed that way. They must be cooled DIRECTLY.

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Okay so then it really sounds like I will have to install some sort of fan and point it at the RAM then? Although i have no idea where exactly I could mount that fan inside my case. My CPU obviously already has a fan on it but what you guys are saying is I need to put in an extra fan and point it at the RAM because I will be increasing the voltage and thus the heat output?
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Alright so with stock everything I managed to get my CPU from 3.2GHz to 3.61GHz... my idle temperature went from about 39C-40C to 42C-43C is that pretty acceptable? I ran a prime95 stress test (the small FFTs) for 7.5hrs last night and I got 0 errors and 0 warnings...during which Core Temp had my maximum temp readings reach 69C during the 100% load stress tests...is this acceptable?

I mean I don't know how often Ill come close to loading my CPU usage to 100% (as prime95 does) as I don't game often at all, so I am assuming these numbers should be sufficient. As a reference, I have 4 tabs open currently and one virtual textbook (college) and my CPU temp is reading 42C.
Edited by cctaylor88 - 2/1/13 at 9:59am
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Also, I have heard plenty about buying a new aftermarket HSF..if I do this how difficult of a process is it? I have zero experience with this, and I have already went through a good deal of stress when I flashed (successfully) my BIOS a few weeks ago, I dont have to completely take the mobo out of the tower to install a new HSF do I? And would buying an aftermarket HSF really boost the potential of the overclock on my CPU? Would it be worth the $30-$40, if I am at 3.61GHz now...how high could I go while being completely stable?
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Also, I have heard plenty about buying a new aftermarket HSF..if I do this how difficult of a process is it? I have zero experience with this, and I have already went through a good deal of stress when I flashed (successfully) my BIOS a few weeks ago, I dont have to completely take the mobo out of the tower to install a new HSF do I? And would buying an aftermarket HSF really boost the potential of the overclock on my CPU? Would it be worth the $30-$40, if I am at 3.61GHz now...how high could I go while being completely stable?

It depends on your case, if it has a cutout on the motherboard tray, then no you do not have to take your mobo out, but if there isn't one, then you will have to. A cheap one I would suggest is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
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It sounds like in order to replace my HSF with a new HSF I will have to take my motherboard out of the tower all together which I really don't feel too comfortable doing as literally everything is connected to the motherboard and there are wires I would have to disconnect and reconnect everywhere..I feel like I would phuck this process up.

Also how can I manually adjust the cpu fan? In bios... i was in my bios all last night and saw nothing pertaining to the fan. MOBO=M4A87TD/USB3 CPU=AMD Phenom II x4 955BE
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