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Hello guys I recently custom build my computer.

PSU: Rosewill HIVE 650Watts
Case: Antec 300-2 (I love a nice clean look)
Mobo: GA-990FXA-D3 REV 3.0
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600Mhz
CPU: AMD FX-6300
GPU: AMD HD6850
3 HDD

Anyways I want to do overclocking. I want to do it for 3 reasons. I want to learn how it works, I feel it can be fun, and I would like to get past 4.0ghz marks because I think it's cool and I would love extra performance.

So far I have CPUID, OCCT, CPU-Z, IntelBurntest, and fraps. So what other software am I missing for monitoring, stress testing and benchmarking.

I am eager to start. I saw the options in the motherboard bios but I haven't change them. The only thing I have change is Windows performance mode, changed it up to Maximum. Also I don't know if my RAM is running at 1600 ? There are a lot of things I don't know because I never ventured into this dark road...

Any guidance would be appreciated. I know I need to buy a new Heat sink & fan. Was looking at the CM 212, would this fit my motherboard and work? Also should I buy a fan for the back of my motherboard? if so which one?

Also on HWmonitor what does TMPIN0 stand for? How about TMPIN1 & TMPIN2... Actually I am almost positive TMPIN2 is for CPU core temp? How high can all these temperatures go while remaining safe and what should I AIM at?
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TMPIN0 = CPU

TMPIN1 = VRM's

TMPIN2 = NB
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Highly recommend you use hwinfo64 instead of HWmonitor. hwinfo64 is updated more often and usually more accurate.

Here is a guide I would highly recommend checking out, it will take awhile to get used to the lingo:
http://sites.amd.com/us/Documents/AMD_FX_Performance_Tuning_Guide.pdf

Also come check us out at the 990fxa club, those guys will help you out along the way if you need anything. Also probably all the information you need and then some would be throughout that board. Lots of different OC info in there:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1023100/official-gigabyte-ga-990fxa-series-owners-thread-club

Basically though the main way most with fx chips overclock is to up the multiplier until unstable, then up the vcore to make it stable, then up the multiplier again, then vcore etc. until you hit your max temp. Before you do this though you will want to disable all power saving features hopefully your bios is similar:



main thing is disable c1e support, c6 support, cool&quiet control, APM master mode
after that you go to the main settings page and disable core boost, then you can start playing around. Recommend reading the performance tuning guide and checking out others on the 990fxa board, I am not very familiar with the fxa-D3 but hopefully its a good overclocker.

If your board does have Load Line Calibration (LLC or Load Line Control), this is something that will need tweaked but dont recommend going to "extreme" setting immedietly, should read up on LLC and what it does aswell before getting to far:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/24019-load-line-calibration-why-overclockers-should-care/


Def check us out on the 990fxa board though, thats where the most info is at

edit:
Also just realized your question about the 212, Its not the most recommended. It works decent for lower power CPU but 6/8 core amd are a little power hungry. As you can see in my build in signature I am using the CM212. I was only able to overclock to 4.3ghz, My cpu is stock at 4.0ghz. Didn't get alot out of it I wasnt very impressed. I plan to get the noctua nh-d14 If you have the room these are the top 3 air coolers with some real OC potential:

#1:http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/silverArrow_sb-e_extreme.html
#2:http://www.phanteks.com/PH-TC14PE.html
#3:http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=34&lng=en

number one is the best due to the much better stock fans it comes its a little more spendy called the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E (extreme)
second one is probably the best heatsink of them all, if it came with better fans would probably be the best and its multicolored tongue.gif that one is the
Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Last one is the Noctua NH-D14, slightly smaller (very slight) then the other 2 and not quite as good as either one, but it has been around forever and is still one of the best, great brand/product just getting a little old now, also its a little ugly tongue.gif but I dont mind.

Final Edit:
for software you should make sure you have the AVX version of IBT, you can find the download link here on the first page:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1318995/official-fx-8320-fx-8350-vishera-owners-club
and also P95 (prime95: http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/). they are the most effective stress testing tools. OCCT is good for getting vcore stable and testing voltages as well as PSU/GPU but prime95 will find errors/instabilities in your cpu and should be ran for a long time to ensure stability. and IBT AVX (looks the same as normal IBT but avx version runs differently) gets the temperatures high in a short time and also is good at finding instabilities. If you can get IBT AVX 10 runs stable on very high and run prime95 for 12 hours with no cores failing and safe temps you are SUPER stable thumb.gif

FINAL FINAL EDIT:
WATCH YOUR TEMPS. Not familiar with that D3 but some of the 990fxa boards have VRM problems and heat problems, May need to add a fan to your VRM. Should def check out the 990fxa club for more possible D3 info
Edited by dmfree88 - 8/3/13 at 2:46am
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Thank you soooooooooo much! I am very excited! 😃
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I know I need to buy a new Heat sink & fan. Was looking at the CM 212, would this fit my motherboard and work? Also should I buy a fan for the back of my motherboard? if so which one?

I would get the silverstone argon ar 01. It is around the same price as a hyper 212 but it has better performance. I use the silverstone cooler with my fx 6300 @ 4.6ghz 1.464v and i hit a maximum of 60 degrees core temperature in prime 95 (10 degrees below the 70 degrees limit).
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Seems like I ran into some hiccups, my computer freezes every now and then. I will need to troubleshoot before I even dare overclock frown.gif
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Seems like I ran into some hiccups, my computer freezes every now and then. I will need to troubleshoot before I even dare overclock frown.gif
It freezes without it being overclocked? Could be faulty ram.
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Seems like I ran into some hiccups, my computer freezes every now and then. I will need to troubleshoot before I even dare overclock frown.gif

yeah id assure your graphics card is working properly and has the most updated drivers. Aswell as make sure your ram is up to par by using memtest. I have also ran into freezing issues with certain HDD. Try unplugging one at a time and see if it still freezes, if one of the hdd does cause the issue it could just be a faulty sata line. so check there too
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