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Like the title says, I'm trying to overclock my AMD cpu - the problem is that it's been so long since I've done any overclocking, I can't remember which aspects to increment first, which tie to which, and which ought to be lowered as others are raised. In the n00b-style testing I've done so far, I'm getting the feeling that whatever I'm doing is adversely affecting my RAM which in turn is holding back my cpu. I can't seem to find stable settings which allows speeds higher than 3.2GHz when I see many others attaining speeds of 3.6GHz and higher.

Below are CPU-Z screenshots starting from defaults:





In which order does one begin overclocking?

I know that one looks for frequency ceilings before each voltage increment, but I'm lost when it comes to the FSB, how the FSB affects RAM, RAM ceilings, and at which ceilings to turn attention to ratios.

Thank you in advance for your time and advice.

MB: M4N98TD EVO
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630
RAM: 2x Micron 2GB DDR3
GPU: 2x GeForce GTX 500 Ti

Happy to provide more system info.
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Like the title says, I'm trying to overclock my AMD cpu - the problem is that it's been so long since I've done any overclocking, I can't remember which aspects to increment first, which tie to which, and which ought to be lowered as others are raised. In the n00b-style testing I've done so far, I'm getting the feeling that whatever I'm doing is adversely affecting my RAM which in turn is holding back my cpu. I can't seem to find stable settings which allows speeds higher than 3.2GHz when I see many others attaining speeds of 3.6GHz and higher.

Below are CPU-Z screenshots starting from defaults:





In which order does one begin overclocking?

I know that one looks for frequency ceilings before each voltage increment, but I'm lost when it comes to the FSB, how the FSB affects RAM, RAM ceilings, and at which ceilings to turn attention to ratios.

Thank you in advance for your time and advice.

MB: M4N98TD EVO
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630
RAM: 2x Micron 2GB DDR3
GPU: 2x GeForce GTX 500 Ti

Happy to provide more system info.

1)Lower all multipliers and RAM dividers to find max fsb (base clock)
2)Once you have max fsb start working on core CPU clock speed
3) Once your done with 2, start working on CPU NB speed
4)Once your done with 3 start working on RAM timings, on phenom based CPUs they prefer tight timings to higher RAM frequencys. Id say just run 1600 speed and tighten timings.
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