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Overclock amd fx-6300 on an ASRock 970 PRO3

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Hi guys! So I have a question about overclocking my CPU. I have been all over trying to figure out exactly how to OC my CPU but all I find is posts and videos telling everyone what to put their settings at for stable clocks for specific boards.
Now I know my MOBO can not handle extreme OC's so is what I want to do is keep my CPU down to 50 degrees Celsius. How would I OC to achieve that? Where would I start? I am not sure what settings to adjust.

My system specs are:
ASRock 970 PRO3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm

Where do I start? And if you need anymore info just ask. I am so afraid of frying my board. lol

And so far I have it OC'd to the settings in this video:
Overclocking AMD FX-6300 Vishera CPU to 4.01GHz
And I run at about 41 degrees Celsius under a stress test in cinebench. and about
16 degrees Celsius idle.
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Alright, so the first step when it comes to overclocking is to obtain CPU stress test software. I would use a program like Prime95. After that, obtain a program called CPU-Z to verify the overclock is working when it's applied. Most overclockers do so via the BIOS, which can usually be entered by hitting DELETE or F12 when the motherboard manufacturer screen pops up when booting the PC up. I do not believe that board has UEFI BIOS on it, so don't expect to be able to use your mouse like in more advanced BIOS. I wouldn't up the voltage any more than 0.1 volts more than the stock voltage, and I wouldn't even bother overclocking at all unless I had a good quality CPU cooler, I'll leave that up to you whether it be water or air cooling. Look up a guide on how to overclock using the BIOS, and increase the clock little by little until an overclock proves to be unstable. There are lots of signs of an unstable overclock, and I'd recommend writing a list or things to check. Once achieve that unstable clock, clock it to the highest stable clock and you should be set. Try to keep the temps reasonably low, 60* C is probably a good place to be.
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