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So I changed the thread title and want to give OC a go before I decide to upgrade my CPU.

Current Specs:

Windows 7
Sapphire R9 280x 3gb
8gb 1333MHz ram
AMD Phenom II x6 1100t @ 3.3Ghz
MOBO: M5A99X EVO
Antec 650W PSO

I also have a Cooler Master Hyper T4 CPU Cooler on my CPU.

I have read articles on how to overclock but now I'm curious as to what I should be aiming for. I still don't really understand how to properly overclock so any help is appreciated!

I'm hoping to maybe reach up to about 3.9-4 Ghz? Is that reasonable?
Edited by samtronswt - 1/12/14 at 3:55pm
post #2 of 15
Yes you will. It's 4ghz out of the box so, even better for cpu-bound games like WoW and console ports like elder scrolls. With a good cooler, you can even push 4.5 ghz. That is of course you have a good motherboard.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-review,3328-14.html

However, games like Battlefield 3 and 4 might not benefit much. Simply put, any game that can utilize cores better, will not see much improvement. Any games poorly programmed, will see benefit.

To sum it up, FX 8350 is a better cpu than 1100t overall. Just make sure your motherboard supports it (maybe bios upgrade).
Edited by Catscratch - 1/12/14 at 2:53pm
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So would it be worth it then?

I have an AM3 socket available and want an increase in stability and performance in games such as battlefield 4.

Current specs:

Windows 7
Sapphire R9 280x 3gb Dual-X
8gb Ram
AMD Phenom II x6 1100t
Antec 650W

Also want to kind of "future proof" myself for 2ish or more years.

Should I just overclock my current CPU?
post #4 of 15
What is your motherboard ? It all depends on a good motherboard to properly overclock 1100t, however 8350 is still a better choice.

That's said, neither will hold for 2 years. You should go for a socket 1150 (Haswell) platform. That platform will also support Broadwell (Haswell's successor) and confirmed to be compatible with current socket 1150 motherboards.

So i guess you have 2 options, if you are on a budget, you'll have to settle with a 8350, or switch to Intel.
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Well I ask because this CPU has held me a solid 2 years if not more.

I definitely do NOT have a big enough budget to trade off a motherboard AND a CPU.

My motherboard currently supports AM3 sockets, thats why I was thinking the 8350. The only reason I'd overclock my current CPU is if I'd get a decent increase in performance. Would it be worth overclocking?

I should add, the MOBO is: M5A99X EVO
Edited by samtronswt - 1/12/14 at 3:55pm
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That's a good mobo. If you wanna be sure , you can try a 4ghz cpu and 2.8ghz cpu-nb OC and check games for fps increase. that is if you have good cooler. btw, what speed is your RAM ?
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8gb 1333 MHz, not sure where to start.

Could I just do exactly this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a7AxZJ7tWc
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More or less, yes, the video covers what you may be able to get away with for a simple overclock. As the guy in the video said, you have the flexibility on your black edition chip to simply increase the multiplier and voltage, nothing more required. However, you may benefit from overclocking your NB and finding an optimum RAM speed/timing as well.

Fine tuning an overclock is a bit more involved. Learning the way the motherboard behaves with different voltage settings and load compensation can be useful to fine tuning an overclock to run with the lowest possible voltage with the narrowest voltage swings from load to idle. This will probably be beneficial on a cooler like the T4 which won't offer a ton of thermal headroom on that monster CPU.

Google up some thuban overclocking guides if you want to optimize your overclock. Until you have had a chance to research the finer details, just set the chip to ~1.45V, turn off turbo and start pushing the multiplier up and see how far it will go.
     
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What program should I be using after the OC to properly keep track if my OC went stable? Temp wise also what should my temperature be to have a healthy overclock
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55C is an excellent "maximum" temp to try to stay under for full load, though there are different lines of thinking on this matter. Establishing an overclock that maintains lower temps under full load is likely to be more stable in the long run as changes in dust load and ambient temps take place.

Here's a nice thorough guide to overclocking thuban/deneb with nice tables and charts with typical voltages required to achieve various speeds on the CPU and NB:
http://www.overclockers.com/step-guide-overclock-amd-phenom/
     
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