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post #1 of 33
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Hi all,

I am looking for some advice on oc'ing my CPU a bit, maybe to say 3.2 or 3.4 at the most. However, I am very new to this sort of thing, and even after reading some of the common guides, I am still confused where to start. Here are my system specs:

ASUS P5QL PRO
Intel 120GB SSD
WD BLUE 1TB HDD
8gb DDR2 RAM (one set is corsair, the other is another vendor)
XFX 650W PSU
Intel Q9550 @ stock speed
CPU Cooler is Cool Master Hyper TX

Arctic Silver 5 as thermal paste

Core Temps at idle are 37C, 37C, 42C, 37C.

I am wanting to get the FSB to 400, so the RAM will truly run at 800.

First of all, I have been told that the RAM may be a problem, since it is from different vendors.

So, my question is what should I try first? Do I have to even touch the RAM? I know I am supposed to put the PCI E one to 100, but can I just try upping the FSB and adding tiny increments of voltage if needed? Also, how do I determine what to put for my north bridge values?

Thank you very much, and I apologise if I have put this in the wrong section, it's my first post :-)



Edited by Integral7 - 1/6/14 at 6:40pm
post #2 of 33
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Hi,

Here is what I want to try:

Modify Ratio Support - disabled
C1E Disable
Max CPUID value limit – disable
Vanderpool – disable
CPU TM function – enable
Execute Disable Bit - enable
SpeedStep "Disable initially, enable later on and see if the system remains stable. This is a power savings option."

PCI Express Frequency – Set this to 100 MHz.

PCI Clock Synchronization - Use 33.33 MHz

Spread Spectrum - disable

RAM Frequency ? Not sure what to do here, do I have to do anything to it?

My first plan of action is to increase the FSB to 377, and the CPU voltage to 1.20v. One thing I am concerned about, however, are the RAM timings. Can I leave these alone? I believe the Corsair modules have timings of 5-5-5-18, but I'm not sure about the others. Would it be very bad if they were different?

Thanks!
post #3 of 33
Set CPU VCORE to 1.30, FSB to 400, and leave everything at auto.

Ppl like you should not disable things like that b/c you don't have a clue what you are doing and you might mess up smt.

You should also update your BIOS to the latest version.
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post #4 of 33
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Thanks for your reply. I agree I don't have a clue about many of the things, but I was under the impression that I couldn't leave stuff on auto. What about PCI E frequency? I read that if you raise the fsb without setting values such as PCI E freq., PCI clock sync, and Ram freq.that these will creep up with the fsb when on auto, and possibly damage things. Is this true? I have the latest BIOS

I appreciate the help! smile.gif
post #5 of 33
Here is a link to some good info from previous OCN'ers discussion. Lots of good info


PS. Welcome to OCN, hope you find a nice stay here with some great help from some great people. thumb.gif
Edited by rx7racer - 1/7/14 at 3:42pm
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post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by rx7racer View Post

Here is a link to some good info from previous OCN'ers discussion. Lots of good info


PS. Welcome to OCN, hope you find a nice stay here with some great help from some great people. thumb.gif

Does it matter if mine is P5QL?
post #7 of 33
You won't have all options in bios nor be able to add voltage the same, but otherwise yes the info crosses over just fine. I encourage you to do some reading and see how some of them oc'ed their methodology.


P.S. You aren't looking for a major OC but it shows you what you can change if you have the options in bios. That motherboard is honestly...how do you say it.... not good for oc'ing to be polite, so don't expect too much. Not that it can't oc cause it can a bit.
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post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by rx7racer View Post

You won't have all options in bios nor be able to add voltage the same, but otherwise yes the info crosses over just fine. I encourage you to do some reading and see how some of them oc'ed their methodology.


P.S. You aren't looking for a major OC but it shows you what you can change if you have the options in bios. That motherboard is honestly...how do you say it.... not good for oc'ing to be polite, so don't expect too much. Not that it can't oc cause it can a bit.

Lol don't worry I won't take offense, I know it isn't good for this kind of thing. Needless to say, I am not a regular oc'er lol. I read through some of those forums, and I have the same problem as I have with so many other guides. It seems that everybody has something different than I do, and I am too unskilled to be able to weave it all together lol. I don't want to come off as lazy, but would doing what Arxontas suggested be an option, or would leaving things on auto, especially with RAM from two different vendors cause problems?

Thanks redface.gif
post #9 of 33
Quick and dirty without knowing what bios options that has, yes do as Arxontas said. Most it will do is not post and fail on those settings reverting back.

if you can set ram manually by adjusting ratio/strap, if you can pick a strap pick 400 when you set fsb to 400. I'm assuming they are at least 800Mhz rated or higher. Also with you using two sets of ram, get your cpu first so just run one 4GB set till you get that nailed in. Then play with other set and find timings both like if timings and speed mismatch between ram kits.

P.S. Whew been a while since I've even thought about oc'ing 775 platform hahaha
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Just to clarify, both are PC2 6400 (400) DDR2 800
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