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So recently I finished putting together this build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TjH7ZL

It has been running smoothly for a few weeks now and I figured I should go ahead and overclock it a little bit. I've already enabled the XMP, EPU, and TPU switches on my motherboard and currently with no changes to my bios settings my CPU is running at 3.625 GHz and my Memory is at 2333MHz.

I've never actually overclocked a machine before, what Is the most simple way you guys can suggest I go about doing this/What should I overclock both the CPU and memory too? I'd like to get the CPU to at least 4GHz.



As a side note, I'd like to encrypt my HDD, both internally and for my backup. I figured if I can encrypt my HDD, then the backup won't need to be encrypted. So what do you guys suggest for HDD encryption, I've heard Truecrypt is alright, but I haven't done much research on the topic.
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Q9400 @ 3.0 MSI P7N SLI NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC 2 X 2GB OCZ 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 320GB WD and 1 560GB WD Windows Xp SP3 Dual Screen 800W Corsair 
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Q9400 @ 3.0 MSI P7N SLI NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ OC 2 X 2GB OCZ 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1 320GB WD and 1 560GB WD Windows Xp SP3 Dual Screen 800W Corsair 
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Clear side panel coolermaster case 
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Quick and dirty for overclocking your CPU. Be sure you watch your temps when you stress test.

1. Set everything in your bios to default. Turn off XMP.
2. Turn off all the power saving features in the bios. You can turn them back on after you have a stable over clock.
3. Raise your CPU multiplier clock a little and stress test with Prime95 or Aida64 for like 5-10 minutes. If you get a blue screen see below other wise repeat step 3.

Now you know roughly the limit your CPU can handle w/o increasing the voltage. You have 2 choices at this point.

1. Go back to the last overclock that ran clean and run a stress test longer. Opinions vary but 30min-1hr is probably good enough. If your happy with the overclock go to the below memory section.
2. Start increasing the voltage a little at a time and see if you can get the overclock that failed to run successfully. 1.3V Max unless your very brave especially since your on air cooling. Go to step 3 above.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you are happy or your temps or voltage are too dangerous for a 24 hour situation. There are lots of other things your can adjust in your bios to try to get a stable overclock. This is just quick and dirty. Some people spend months working on this. I personally don't have that kind of patience.


After you get a good stable overclock your happy with then you can overclock your memory. Honestly memory overclocks don't really matter that much for gaming from everything I have read. Unless you use lots of memory hungry programs open at once I wouldn't worry about it. Also the higher your CPU overclock usually the less of a memory overclock you can get.

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2x Intel X25-M 80GB Raid 0 Pioneer BDR-205 Blu-ray Windows 7 Home Premium I-Inc iH-282HPB 28" 
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Logitech G15 Corsair CMPSU 850HX Silverstone TJ07-B Razor Naga 
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