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i recently just built a computer and i found out today that my motherboard (asus p6t) supports 24gigs of ram apparently. i currently have 12g (3x 4) of ballistix ram. would it be better to fill up all 6 slots with 4gb ram? im not sure if my motherboard will support 8gb ram sticks or not.
Just let me know what you think the best solution will be please :3
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Its not as good for overclocking. Otherwise there is really no difference in performance when it comes to how many slots are full. Just as long as they are populating the slots that will allow you to run triple channel. Consult your manual for that.
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I wont be overclocking im too new to computer stuff to mess with it haha.
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Haha. Give it a little time. wink.gif You might get bitten by the Overclock bug. I did a couple years ago. rolleyes.gif Are you happy with the 12GB you have or are you wanting more? I'm guessing that you will never use 12GB anyways. So with your current setup you will do just great!
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It works great with the 12gb of ram im just open to making my pc better if i have the opportunity to. and the overclocking bug has caught my interest and curiosity thats for sure
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Well I can say that you will be just fine with what you have when it comes to overclocking.
The reason that it is better to have less ram slots filled is because the more slots you have filled the more it will stress the internal memory controller of your cpu. Sohaving less sticks will, in theory, make your cpu overclock more stable.
12GB is a lot of memory. You should be fine for quite a while. Two years ago I had 4GB, then went to 8GB, now at 16GB. (Would have went to 12GB if possible)
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alright im interested in ocing now haha. didnt take long. i was wondering if you could offer any advice on OCing my gpu (Nvidia evga GeForce GTX 560 ti fpb) i dont want to crazy OC it since its my first time but a little bump up in the mhz couldnt hurt smile.gif
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alright im interested in ocing now haha. didnt take long. i was wondering if you could offer any advice on OCing my gpu (Nvidia evga GeForce GTX 560 ti fpb) i dont want to crazy OC it since its my first time but a little bump up in the mhz couldnt hurt smile.gif

First you need a tuner.

I use ASUS's GPU Tweak. You can download it HERE.

There is also RIVA tuner. Download it HERE.

Or MSI Afterburner. Download it HERE.

Download one of these and familiarize yourself with them, but dont change any settings yet.

First I would read this whole article to become more familiar with your card and its capabilities. HERE. It will help you know what to expect out of your card. They also address overclocking in the article.

First you need to get a stress testing program. I use unigine's Valley Benchmark or the Heaven Benchmark. Both are good. Download either of them HERE.
Now download GPU-Z HERE.

Now get yourself a notepad, or something to take notes with. Open whatever stress program you chose to use. (stick with the same one through the Overclocking process to get consistant results. After OCing is done you can do whatever.)
Also open GPU-z and open the "sensors" tab. Observe the graphs for a bit and familiarize yourself with them.
Also open whichever tuner you chose and record on your notes the settings that are at default. Core speed, memory speed, etc.

At this point you will start the benchmark. (Heaven or Valley from here on out I will refer to it as Valley) Run Valley on stock settings, just whatever it defaults to. The program will load and begin playing a continuous loop of 3D graphics. At this point you should push "F9". It will begin documenting your GPU's performance. Let it run its course until a score card appears on your screen.

Now under where you wrote your default GPU settings record the score you received during the test. Now you know what your card is capable of at stock settings. From here we will be able to gauge if you have a good oc or not.

Now exit Valley. Go to your tuner and bump up the core speed a couple nothces. Ten MHz is a good first bump. Apply the changes. Record the settings in your notes.

Run valley again. Dont forget to press F9. Record your scores for that setting. Better? Worse?

Bump it up another 10MHz. Repeat the benchmark. Record scores? Better? Worse?

Keep doing this a few times. At some point your performance is going to really decrease, the 3D images will get very distorted and not look right, your computer may freeze, or it may even crash down all the way. This is normal. Make note at what setting it crashes or whatever.

Bump your clock back down about 5MHz. Try again. Any Changes? Better score? More crashes?

If more crashes then go back down another 5MHz to your most recent stable setting. Test again and record data.

At some point you are going to find a nice happy medium. Find that sweet spot. Monitor performance, not just MHz. Sometimes more MHz can actually hurt the performance of your card. It does on mine. I had to find the sweet spot.

Now set your core clock back to default.

We will now try and find your memory OC. Bump your memory up by 100MHz. Run Valley and repeat the above steps of testing and recording. Look for changes in performance and visuals.

Keep bumping in 100MHz intervals. Then drop back 50MHz just like the method we just did until you find a nice performing memory overclock.




Now set the core and the memory to the optimal settings you just found. Run Valley and record performance. Better? Worse? Crashes? Freezes? These are all likely.
If so drop the memory down a bit. Then try again. Or maybe drop the core down a bit. (Drop mem before core, core gives more performance) Repeat this until you feel you have the best performing Overclock you can get. Look at scores, not MHz.

I'm sure you'll have questions. Just ask, but mostly just keep trying. It took me quite a while to find my ideal OC. Sorry if I have written this too simple or have insulted your intelligence at all, not my intent. I am just writing this as if you are very new to it all.

Good luck with all your Overclocking!
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You sir are the most helpful person i have encountered here! thank you so much. i will let you know how my first attempt goes smile.gif
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No problem! Overclocking is one of my favorite hobbies. So I want to help you have a good first experience so maybe it will become a favorite of you too. Also, Overclock.net is one of my favorite sites, so I hope you have a good experience here, just remember not everyone is as nice as me! thumb.gif But most are!
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Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
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Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
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Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
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Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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FX-8350 (4.8GHz) Sabertooth 990FX (R1.01/BIOS1604) ASUS GTX 780Ti 2x8GB G.SKILL TRIDENT-X (2140MHz) 
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Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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