I also very much appreciate the Cool'n'Quiet solution of FX CPUs, with sub-20C temps in idle, low-task browser surfing, which I do quite a lot. So, in other words, I'd like an extended turbo frequency that would activate in games, while not running my CPU in constant OC. I hear that stable OC setups allow these energy\temperature conservation settings.
Finally, the reason I'm putting this in general and not in AMD - is because I also would like to get help with GTX 660 overclocking, and with motherboard\bios stuff, I really don't like to post many threads.
If some experts already start to wonder, why exactly am I, such a pleb, even venturing into OC with a terrible mobo and weak PSU? Well, two things:
First - I've already tried OCing a couple years ago on a whim, just basic multiplier increase to something like 4.2ghz. It was stable, but either something went wrong, or I turned something necessary off, or I disliked the temps, or I disliked the results - I don't remember. Point is - it worked, the rig survived this. So, with a better, more proficient approach to settings - I suppose a stable and secure OC should be achievable.
Second - I have a bit unconventional cooling method. Not that it's anything special, no. Just that I used my PC like any average user would - in the PC desk's slot under the "table". It dusted up quickly, it had no real airflow, though Zalman Z9+ and Zalman cooler did their job, the case was still quite heated due to bad exhaust from CPU cooler and from GPU twin fans. I was already freaking out when CPU temps got to 60 and above, I immediately started dedusting the PC and changing heatsinks. Eventually I got tired and just popped the PC on a counter next to my desk, unscrewed both walls and left it "testbench-like". Unfortunately breathing in the room became difficult, so just putting unscrewed left wall to the PC seemed to be the golden middle between limiting dustflow, but still allowing plenty of heat to disperse.
I also adjusted the airflow to allow bottom and frontal fans to supply the case with some mind fresh air, while the GPU is exhausting it around the middle right outside of the wall. CPU is blown at from the rear fan and it blows the heated air up through the roof. I've tried to get the bottom fan there, but the cable was too short. Still, another fan is directly above the RAM(that place was always the hottest for some reason), and it helps to blow the heated air away from CPU radiator and RAM.
All in all, I think this isn't the worst air cooling setup, and I can hardly get 60C under heavy load for my CPU. GPU doesn't ever seem to get above 62C, but I suppose that's some BIOS limitations, which is also the reason I'd like to get into OC and possible flashing. Maybe I monitor the temps improperly, I mostly use AIDA.
That's it for the introduction, and first I'd like to get an approximate answer - what can I expect to pull off with this setup, based on my goals described at the very top.
So far I've consulted http://www.overclock.net/t/1348623/amd-bulldozer-and-piledriver-overclocking-guide-asus-motherboard for CPU and http://www.overclock.net/t/1330897/official-gtx-660-non-ti-owners-club for GPU. However, I seriously doubt that I should use anything close to 5ghz settings, nor should I try to flash BIOS straight for 1.2V and +200 core clock boost. I doubt my mobo can survive this, even if PSU somehow would.
These is the current stock voltage. Is it good to OC, or are my PSU\mobo powerlines screwed?
As a P.S. I'd like to know if I need to flash my BIOS on this cheap Asus mobo and if I need to install any other drivers and stuff.
I've read multiple statements along the lines of "if it's not broken, don't fix it" about BIOS flashing, but Asus also describes newer revisions of BIOS as over and over "system stability improvement". So I wonder - does it affect OC?
Likewise, when I tried to download the chipset driver - it offers me to install a freaking AMD catalyst control center. Is chipset basically a GPU? Or what am I not getting? Strangely, in the unpacked folder of the driver - there are multiple subfolders with drivers for NB\SB and the likes of them, but I really don't understand the deep stuff. Almost 3 years the PC worked with basically just Windows 7 installed. Should I worry further, or the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" is the exemplar rule?
I have a feeling I need to do some kind of stress test, like AIDA or Prime95 to show that my temps are stable. However, seeing as mostly the only problem that I have with recording DAI on High settings - is weak HDD, I doubt that stability is an issue.
However, if I need to do any testing prior or after, I'm ready.
Edited by Wirxaw - 8/21/16 at 8:11am