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hi i have recently built a computer for gaming and i have the fx6300 BE and it says that it is 3.5ghz and 3.8ghz turbo and i am wanting to overclock it, not very much at all since i currently only have the stock cooler. it says turbo is 3.8 and stock is 3.5 but i just want to get it to run at around 3.7 or 3.8.
when i use AMD overdrive i have the ability to set it to 3.7 or 3.8 (but i have to turn off the turbo setting) and i run the stability test and it works fine without changing voltage and my max temp stays around 44c at full load since its really not much of an overclock and with the stock cooler

but my problem is that when i turn my computer off and boot it back up again it does save my overclock, it goes back to 3.5ghz
is there something i need to do in the bios?? i have an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard

i also would like to slightly overclock my GPU but i am not quite sure how much i should do it since i am not sure of a safe temperature for my GPU which is a Sapphire Radeon HD 7870xt with boost (taheti) and thoughts on this as well? i do not want to do an extreme overclock, just a tiny bit to get a little bit of performance without have a hot temperature
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Software overclocking usually resets when the computer is rebooted. You should OC through the BIOS instead of through software, though; it tends to be more stable, as you avoid any possible issues with changing clock speeds while the system is running.

Usually, GPUs are fine up to around 90C, though it's best to keep them lower than that, as high temps can cause instability. Also, you should use HWinfo64 to monitor your GPU VRM temps; try to keep them under 100C.
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Software overclocking usually resets when the computer is rebooted. You should OC through the BIOS instead of through software, though; it tends to be more stable, as you avoid any possible issues with changing clock speeds while the system is running.

Usually, GPUs are fine up to around 90C, though it's best to keep them lower than that, as high temps can cause instability. Also, you should use HWinfo64 to monitor your GPU VRM temps; try to keep them under 100C.

so if i want to slightly overclock my cpu ill have to do it from the bios instead of amd overdrive? any tips on doing this?
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so if i want to slightly overclock my cpu ill have to do it from the bios instead of amd overdrive? any tips on doing this?

Should be as simple as going into BIOS, changing the multiplier, and saving and exiting. You might also have to disable Turbo Core in the BIOS, as well, although I don't think that's necessary. Be sure to run Prime95 for a while to make sure it's stable.
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Should be as simple as going into BIOS, changing the multiplier, and saving and exiting. You might also have to disable Turbo Core in the BIOS, as well, although I don't think that's necessary. Be sure to run Prime95 for a while to make sure it's stable.

how long should i run prime?? i am fairly busy and am not home for very long to monitor it so i would hope its not more then a couple hours?
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how long should i run prime?? i am fairly busy and am not home for very long to monitor it so i would hope its not more then a couple hours?

Depends on who you ask, really; I'm of the opinion that a couple hours is fine for normal use, while some people say that you should run it 12, 24, even 48+ hours. Unless you're running at 100% 24/7 (eg folding), a couple hours should be fine.
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Prime is buggy anymore on AMD hardware. OCCT is better. 30min usually plenty of time.
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Prime is geared towards Intel chips. I like BurnInTest & AIDA64 Extreme Edition for testing. I prefer gaming or some type of real time op to really test the stability of the O.C. I have posted on this subject before so I will be quoting some of those posts that relate to a good way to overclock this friggin' awesome chip. Mind you right now I'm overclocked at 4.8 ghz with an aftermarket air-cooler. You want some good sticks of ram preferably some that can be slightly OC'd. Here's a guide:

Go to BIOS CPU settings and keep everything at it's default setting except only change Turbo mode OFF, save & restart. This re-establishes your chips true O.C. potential by calibrating voltage setting so-to-speak. Re-enter bios, begin something like 1.4V vcore and adjust the CPU multiplier to your desired clock (ex: 3.8..4.2..4.5 ghz etc etc). Then work your way downward incrementally on VCORE volts meaning you will save each bump down in VCORE voltage, restart the computer through the BIOS, and keep going down step by step on VCORE voltage until u fail Windows startup. When this happens re-enter your BIOS and acknowledge that at this point your close to optimal voltage so bump vcore back up slightly to get stable tests going. Write down all the voltage settings your testing and the results. Then once stable decrease your CPU multiplier by a couple increments and immediately move on to NB, HT, FSB freq multipliers and keep them proportionally accurate (to equate your desired CPU clock) WHEN your doing this you should ALSO adjust ram voltage/timings/multiplier and yes its ideal to have overclockable ram but do all of this ever so slightly at this point you are fine tuning. So be sure to keep NB freq, CPU Host Freq, and HT freq all proportional (x10 multiplier helps calculating this). My FX-6300 right now sits at 4.8 Ghz and 1.36 Vcore with ram OC'd at 1600 with cpu temps below 55 degrees (that's full load..29-30 at idle) and board temps even lower. I am aircooling (downflow Enermax ETD T60) on a microATX. I'm playing Blacklight Retribution and Skyrim on max settings with a single Radeon hd 7850 OC'd to 1050 core clock and 1350 mem clock. If you can set the cpu fan rpm to max when temps hit 40 degrees and the gpu fan rpm to max all the time seeing as its an exhaust fan this will help the entire board. Also make sure to have a good power supply - it doesn't have to have a huge wattage rating just make sure it's quality - I really like my Corsair. You can check your psu voltage's with a multimeter, psu tester, or through the bios and you want to make sure the voltages are fairly accurate..it's okay if the volts are slightly off but not by a lot. These voltages become more accurate and efficient at full load or at least should in theory. I had to get rid of a Rosewill Gold rated Capstone because it's volts were way off and now I have a Corsair that is only Bronze rated with lower wattage but it's volts are accurate and premium quality. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any q's thumb.gif
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At stock settings the FX - 6300 runs at 3.5Ghz and 4.1Ghz turbo, your using the stock cooler and software to overclock and your dropping the turbo to 3.8Ghz........ why?????

Stop using AMD Overdrive to overclock

BUY an aftremarket cooler before you change anything in bios, unless your wanting to disable turbo and run at 3.8 24/7, any higher with stock cooler is going to be risky.

Prime95 has been updated and OCCT tends to think your cpu has hyperthreading capabilities, sets the threads to 12 when the fx 6300 has 6 threads (3 physical cores 6 logical) so unless you change this in the settings your going to fail OCCT tests within minutes

there is an awesome guide on oc'ing bulldozer/piledriver chips, I have mine stable with both OCCT and Prime95 at 4.5Ghz with 1.42v using his method and under full load hit 41/42C max on core temps, 49C socket temp
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