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Hello all, I'm new here and to overclocking, this seems like a promising place for help. Anyway, a few days ago I got the parts in for my new computer, specs are:
Gigabyte GA-965p-DS3 (F7 BIOS)
e6400
Ballistix DDR2-1000

Since this is my first computer able to overclocked I don't have much experience. So, right now I have my FSB at 375 with the multiplier at 8 giving 3.0GHz for the e6400 and 1125MHz for my RAM (mobo doesn't officially support the 1000MHz so it starts at 800MHz). It takes a couple tries to get my system to boot with these settings. When I start up, the computer runs for maybe 2 seconds, then, before it POSTs turns off and back on again. When it does that, the BIOS doesn't totally reset, but it does disable my manual FSB and goes back to 2.13GHz. When I go back into the BIOS, the settings are still there, they're just disabled. However, occasionally, by changing the voltage up or down a notch, I can get it to boot at 3.0GHz. When it does boot, it is stable and runs great. Then, next time the system restarts, it'll go back through the off and on stage and once again disables my OC. I tinker around a little bit more and get it to boot again and runs fine. Why does it have this problem every time I restart? Is there a voltage somewhere that I need to tweek? Right now the processor voltage is at 1.375 but have the same problem as when it's at stock voltage. Maybe the memory voltage needs to be adjusted? My BIOS doesn't tell me what the current voltage is so I'm not sure if it's being underpowered by default. Also, the memory is running in dual channel. Any help would be appreciated, sorry if my questions sound dumb, like I said, I'm new to overclocking.
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post #2 of 11
well for one fill in your system specs for us using the quick links at the top of the page,

first i would check your ram voltage and set that to the recommended first i think its like 2.2, try this first and see what happens and also when your trying to oc try the ram at the 1:1 divider (the lowest one) for now until you can fine the max of the cpu then you can try and speed up that ram

do you have the latest bios, im not to familier with that board but i know on others the latest bios helps alot,

what kind of p[ower supply do you have
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post #3 of 11
Doesnt that mobo do that anyway?
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post #4 of 11
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Ah, filled in the rest of my specs, sorry about that. I'll have to find a way to check the memory voltage, maybe it's in another section in the BIOS, in the OC section it just lets me to + or - but doesn't say the current voltage. It is supposed to be at 2.2 and was leaning towards that not being set correctly but didn't know if I should pursue that or not. I will check that out first thing when I get off work.

As for the 1:1 ratio, I haven't played with that before, I'm assuming that just requires me to set the RAM multiplier to 1? I believe it's at 3 right now.

My BIOS is the latest one, that was the first thing I did when I started having problems.

PSU is a Corsair 520W with modular cabling.
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post #5 of 11
Try one more notch of voltage on CPU / Northbridge / RAM.

Make sure to keep an eye on your temps.
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post #6 of 11
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I was just being a little reluctant raising the CPU voltage more because it seems a lot of people that overclock to 3.0-3.2GHz do it on stock voltage. I will check that and the other voltages out first thing though and raise them if appropriate.

Also, if I can't find it in the BIOS, what is a good way to see what the current voltage is for my memory?
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post #7 of 11
what week and is it a a or b cpu, you can find it on the box if yo still have that, some will do that but others wont depending on the cpu and even the same ones dont allways act the same
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post #8 of 11
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I do still have the box but I'm not by it right now unfortunately. I probably should have posted when I was at home with everything in front of me since there obviously isn't a lot I can check for you guys here, at least I'm getting some ideas on what to check. So, is this behaviour pretty common when a voltage needs tweaking, or is this a strange occurance?
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post #9 of 11
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Well I still can't find what voltage the RAM is running at, but when I brought it down to 1:1 it booted fine multiple times. I bumped it to 4:5 and booted fine again. CPU-Z is showing me some weird timings though... 5-7-7-23?



Is that something I should fix?

EDIT: I just installed one of the monitoring programs on the CD and it says the memory coltage is only 1.9v. Should I raise it .3?
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post #10 of 11
hey...

i also new to over clock but from what i understand...
i also have ds3 with e6400 different ram thou 667 kingston value and im able to run at 3.4 stable with that ram

first u can reffer to my post question it may give u a little more info on what and how...

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...tage-help.html

the thing u tellin about ur comp resets the setting is happens when u push to much speed to fast if u wont it to stabilize u must give it a little push like 10 mhz every time and test it...u now at 380 give it 390 and test up vots to stable then up 10 more stabilize and on and on...


for me it runs now at mhz 426 with
vdimm +0.1 (my stock is 1.8)
fsb +0.1
mch +0.1
cpu voltage 1.35
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