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Not getting any performance increase from Overclocking :\

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I've been reading up on overclocking and trying to overclock all day, and I'm an overclocking noob with this being my very first time doing so. I have a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard. Basically I went for the reference clock and OC'ed it from 200 MHz to 240 MHz which corresponds to an increase from 3.5 GHz to 4.2 GHz on my FX-6300, and an increase from 1333 MHz to 1600 MHz on my 2-4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 memory sticks. For these settings I've left Memory latency times alone, except for one setting which for whatever reason I can't set back to "Auto" in my BIOS after I tried playing with it, so I left it at the default value of 9. The only multipliers I touched were on the North Bridge and the HT Link, which for both I decreased. The default value for the North Bridge is 2000 MHz, but I didn't decrease the multiplier enough so now that's at 2140 MHz. For the HT Link the default value is 2600 MHz but I decreased the multiplier too much and now I'm at 2400 MHz. I increased the CPU voltage by 0.025 V so it's now 1.320 V. Temps haven't exceeded 42 Celsius during stress tests nor gaming, and on these settings I have yet to crash. I used Prime95 around 3 times for these settings, the longest of which was around an hour and ten minutes. Each time no issues were reported. For my purposes, though I haven't done a 24 hour stress test, things seem stable.

So why is it that I'm seeing barely, if any, increase in performance? This is mostly in reference to Borderlands 2, which after lengthy research (and whining) I discovered was not very CPU friendly and it was told to me that an overclock would most definitely increase my performance in the game. However, my lows are just as consistent with maybe an increase of about 2 fps. I have a Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce so the bottleneck couldn't be on the part of the GPU, and my PSU is 650W Bronze Certified so I doubt it's a power issue (and I'm willing to bet the symptoms would be significantly different if it was a power issue). Is there something I'm doing wrong here?
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Your most likely not seeing gains in Borderlands 2 because your CPU wasn't bottle necking your frames to begin with. Are you using any CPU usage monitoring programs to actually see how much of your CPU Borderlands 2 is using?
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Your most likely not seeing gains in Borderlands 2 because your CPU wasn't bottle necking your frames to begin with. Are you using any CPU usage monitoring programs to actually see how much of your CPU Borderlands 2 is using?

Occasionally. My CPU usage gets to 100% occasionally while I'm in firefights and the fps decreases, but I don't think the same holds true for when I'm looking at large distances. Why is it that people are reporting their minimums in the game to be 60 with a GTX 770 while my minimum can sometimes fall to 30 if I'm looking at large distances?
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Check your processes running and see what cpu usage they are at. I had a similar problem and found out Norton was using a entire core 100% and bogging the system down quite a bit when video encoding. I have the 8150 so to me it was not as much of a deal due to the 8 cores you have 6 so a using a whole core is more damaging than on my system.
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