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Hi all. So I successfully overclocked my my e6300 with a FSB of 400mhz. I had my ram running with 4-4-4-12 timings and a 1:1 ratio so 400mhz which are the timings and speed it is rated at (DDR2 800 4-4-4-12).
I ran orthos for over 8 hours without any errors. The highest temp I ever got under load was 59c.
My PC has been running fine for a couple of weeks. Then, after installing some printer drivers (I'm sure it isn't related) and rebooting my PC wouldn't get past the ABIT splash screen. I had to reset my CMOS settings. When I changed the setting back to a 400 FSB it wouldn't boot again and I reset the CMOS once more.
I'm running at stock speed right now for fear of causing any damage to my PC. Any idea why it would just stop working like that? Thanks,
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post #2 of 23
did you raise the vcore at all? running that high of a speed with only the voltage to run at stock can strangle ur CPU... i dont know what vcore you could be running as i do not OC enough to have to raise it (240x10).

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I did not raise vcore at all. I thought I was supposed to keep it as low as I could while getting a stable overclock. It was stable for quite some time with voltage at 1.3v. I thought about raising it today to get it to boot at 400 fsb but I wanted to figure out why it had stopped working all of a sudden first and not cause any damage to the CPU.
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post #4 of 23
you probobly have your vcore on auto correct?... if so change it to the lowest possible that still have system stability. as long as you stay under 60 you should be safe but i think you can lower your temps with the vcore, lapping of hs+f or an aftermarket cooler if you dont have one already. your temps arent dangerouse but high enough to want to keep a good eye on it.
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I had vcore on manual but used the auto setting 1.3v. Shoudl I try raising it to get it to boot at 400 fsb, should I try some slower setting like 350 FSB or just leave well enough alone?
Does it mean anything (like damaged CPU) that it just stopped booting after working fine for a couple of weeks and running orthos for 8 hours no problem?
It wasn't really under any load before the reboot (itunes and what not).
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post #6 of 23
I can't see how a stable overclock would have killed your computer. You didn't have the vcore up high. Your temps were just 59C. Thats not high enough to kill anything. Make sure all the wires and stuff are in well. If the RAM had extra voltage going though it, it could have died.
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post #7 of 23
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Just to clarify. My PC isn't dead. I never upped the voltage on the ram (2.0v) or the CPU (1.3v).
I am able to boot with stock settings.
It just won't run at 400 FSB anymore. I'm not sure whether I should try to up Vcore, go for a lower FSB or just leave well enough alone. Thanks,
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post #8 of 23
Raise the vCore
post #9 of 23
Will it boot at all at 400 FSB? Raising the vcore won't hurt the CPU as long as it doesn't get hot. You said it was 59C under load? What are your temps at stock speed? If so, you probably want to invest in an aftermarket cooler so the CPU doesn't get hot. Raising the vcore will raise the temps, so I would wait for better cooling to raise the vcore.

You might need new drivers for the stuff you installed or something.
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post #10 of 23
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I'm 45c with regular applications running - This is core temp's reading while ripping CD's to MP3 on my HD and surfing the web.
I did invest in better cooling (zalman 9700 see sig) but I'm pretty sure I put too much thermal compound on because my temps are very close to the same as my friend's computer (same hardware with a stock hs&f).

My real question remains...why would I go from being able to run orthos for 8 hours with no errors and 2 weeks of flawless game playing and booting to not being able to boot at all (after several attempts)? That is what scares me.
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