Originally Posted by Ravenfraust
Yeah, the sticker! I was about to put it and I removed it just at the last minute! I'm not really sure what type of PSU mine is tbh :/ It's 4 years old
That's all I can say.
Yeah, I havn't tried running intel Burn test atm, too tired to do anything at the moment really but thanks a lot for your input! I'll check them tomorrow and post the temperetures
Although, how good is the Thermaltake frio OCK? I tried looking for the Prolimatech but couldn't find any at all
And one last thing/s - Can I OC to about 3.5Ghz-3.8ish with this cooler? And is RAM OC necessary for CPU OC?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help
I'm not too sure about x58 overclocking (That is anything that is an "Intel i7 9xx" basically). x58 is the chipset that your CPU runs on, another example is that my i5 3570k runs on a Z77 based chipset, but it can also be ran on a B75 chipset too in my case.
An i7 930 has a stock "multiplier" of 21, this can only be lowered and not increased on the i7 930. The stock FSB (Front Side Bus) is 133MHz, the FSB and the Multiplier are multiplied (heh, makes sense right?). So our stock frequency is 21 * 133 = 2800MHz, which is the same as 2.8GHz. We can increase the speed with a locked multiplier however by increasing the FSB. E.G 152 * 21 gives us 3192 which is close enough to 3.2GHz. But with this increase in clockspeed the CPU will need more voltage (most likely), so you will want to generally add more voltage to suit the clockspeed increase, this is different between each processor however, say person A's i7 930 needs 1.2v to run at 4GHz, and then person B's needs 1.3v to run the same 4GHz. It's just that person A has a better chip. So basically what I'm trying to say is you need to just do testing yourself.
To totally confuse you the FSB increases the RAM speed also, so you'll want to play with the RAM multiplier. I don't think that's what it's called but have a read and get your head around the whole FSB * Multiplier thing first, then go and have a look in the BIOS and just do small increments (Aim for 3GHz?) so you can see it at first and see the math behind it and understand what is happening.
Another thing to add is that a few runs of Intel Burn Test doesn't mean stable, you'll want to use prime95 to test it for stability for at least 12 hours. (That is how long I test myself), but don't go wasting money on power until you're happy with the final settings.
Programs you'll need:
CPU-Z - To check the clockspeed of the CPU, other things can also be checked here too.
Some form of temperature monitoring, but I assume you already have one.
Intel Burn Test as I mentioned earlier.
The Frio OCK is an alright cooler, as you know it's not the best but there are worse out there. (Stock...) Obviously it depends on your processor as to how far you go, but I think you should be able to run it at 4GHz if not extremely close. That's no guarantee though!
Have a read through that guide before you do anything, well at least get the hang of