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You wanna keep that ht below 1ghz, upwards of 1050 should be ok, but I stay between 800 and 1ghz... Use a prog called A64 Memory Helper, easy to use calculator to find good combos of FSB, divider, multipliers...

My technique for 939 OCing is pretty simple.

Find RAM highest stable OC...

1. Keep entire system stock, 200 x stock multi, and push vCore to about 1.44 to start. This includes RAM timings. Run Prime95 for 15 mins to see what general temps you're gonna be looking at.

2. Push FSB up to 204, and drop CPU multi til CPU is under stock freq. (Its ok for your, let say 2.6ghz, or 200x13 chip to run at 2.4 or 2.5 while finding RAM stability)

3. Prime for at least 30 mins. If your RAM isn't stable, prime will most likely fail within 30 mins...

4. Continue to push FSB is +4 increments, priming for 30 mins until an error... Back off in -1 increments until prime passes an hour.

5. Now that you have an idea of your RAM's stable OC, based on DRAM freq. in CPU-Z (FSB isnt important here, DRAM freq. is) you can mebbe tighten the timings a little, or leave them alone. For 939, tighter is better, but DRAM freq. plays a role too, I've balanced my Corsair Plats at a tight timing, and somewhat decent OC on freq.

If you're happy with the RAM's OC at timings on your choice, we can move onto Ocing the CPU...

Find CPU highest stable OC...


1. Reset everything to stock, 200 x stock multi. Raise FSB high enough to push CPU to next 1ghz mark past stock, or 2.6 to 2.7, dropping the divider to one that keeps your RAM above 200, but under the highest stable DRAM freq. you were able to achieve in first OC technique. This is where A64 Memory Helper REALLY come in handy.

2. Continue to play with the numbers in A64 Mem Helper until you can prime the system, and it errors from CPU OC, of course, maintaining that your RAM is above 200mhz, and under the max stable OC you were able to achieve. Keep in mind temps, maybe booosting vCore to CPU a little if you have temp. headroom, and voltage to the RAM is sufficient. Shouldnt need more then 2.8v for most DDR.

Thats the best I can write for a guide in my allotted time right now. Just OC RAM stable first, then CPU, then balance best of both, keeping all factors in check, including ht link below 1ghz, and above 800mhz. Take some pics of your BIOS screens / settings, and we can chime in a little if we see anything.
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Thanks for the guide, very useful. I started my overclocking the wrong way by getting sandy bridge right off the bat. Time to learn how to do this the cool way! I'll be back with my experiences.
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Thanks for the guide, very useful. I started my overclocking the wrong way by getting sandy bridge right off the bat. Time to learn how to do this the cool way! I'll be back with my experiences.

IDK if you've disclosed this, but can you list the main parts of your 939 setup, make and model, so we have a clue. Like me,

DFI nF4 Ultra Infinity

Opteron 185

2 x 1GB Corsair Platinums

8800gtx

Corsair TX650 PSU

640GB WD Black.

I can do 214Mhz at 2-3-2-5-10-15-1t, 2.8v... biggrin.gif Currently at 2.9ghz, 207mhz DRAM... Watercooled of course. thumb.gif

What are your temps btw?
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Motherboard: MSI K8N-SLI F
CPU: Opteron 160 (180 on the way)
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Graphics: EVGA 9800GTX+ (Have two, will SLI at some point)
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Baller case is ballin... Cool man, IDK much about that motherboard. Good luck on the 180. I got one and it was a dub... stock 2.4, wouldnt stay stable past 2.620, would boot windows as high as 2.850 tho, so mebbe its just a little damaged. Came from China, what I expect? But Ive got my cherry 185 that does 2.9 at 1.4v, so... w/e, lol thumb.gif
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Baller case is ballin... Cool man, IDK much about that motherboard. Good luck on the 180. I got one and it was a dub... stock 2.4, wouldnt stay stable past 2.620, would boot windows as high as 2.850 tho, so mebbe its just a little damaged. Came from China, what I expect? But Ive got my cherry 185 that does 2.9 at 1.4v, so... w/e, lol thumb.gif
Damn, that lowers my hopes on this 180. It's on its way from china as we speak. It was a cheap deal though, 19.48 and free shipping. My 165 cost me almost twice that, and it's barely getting past 2.06. No matter what I'll be getting a nice speed increase, and hopefully a little more stability. I'm thinking about picking up a new board though. Any suggestions on good overclockers that support SLI?
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DFI Lanparty, ASUS A8N series, or a DFI nF4 Ultra SLi, like mine, but I have no sli support. MY board can do upwards of 340FSB, so I have all kinds of numbers to play with to get my OC right... Like now, its 290 x 10 at 150 divider, for 2.9ghz, 207Mhz RAM. 100% stable across the board, even my 8800gtx is doing 675core over 576 stock... he he
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DFI Lanparty, ASUS A8N series, or a DFI nF4 Ultra SLi, like mine, but I have no sli support. MY board can do upwards of 340FSB, so I have all kinds of numbers to play with to get my OC right... Like now, its 290 x 10 at 150 divider, for 2.9ghz, 207Mhz RAM. 100% stable across the board, even my 8800gtx is doing 675core over 576 stock... he he
Sweet, I'll keep those in mind. How much was your board new? I checked ebay and they were about as costly as a new mid range board today.
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Sweet, I'll keep those in mind. How much was your board new? I checked ebay and they were about as costly as a new mid range board today.

Oh yeah, a DFI nF4 Ultra Infinity / SLI board is hard to find. I got a deal on mine, came with an Opty 144, near new, mint, in box with everything except an i/o plate. I bought some small heatsinks and some arctic silver thermal adhesive to mount them, and put them on all the VRMs to help. I think I paid $48 or so. BEST 939 board I've owned, and I've had 3 Lanparty's... I think my lack of experience OC'ing back then is what held me back from the lanparty's being great boards for me... Well, they weren't bad, but I didn't understand DDR timings well, and that's what messed me up now that i have a grasp on it better.

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Oh yeah, a DFI nF4 Ultra Infinity / SLI board is hard to find. I got a deal on mine, came with an Opty 144, near new, mint, in box with everything except an i/o plate. I bought some small heatsinks and some arctic silver thermal adhesive to mount them, and put them on all the VRMs to help. I think I paid $48 or so. BEST 939 board I've owned, and I've had 3 Lanparty's... I think my lack of experience OC'ing back then is what held me back from the lanparty's being great boards for me... Well, they weren't bad, but I didn't understand DDR timings well, and that's what messed me up now that i have a grasp on it better.

Everything but the I/O plate? Not bad at all. I'm gonna work hard with this board and try to find another deal next month, but it looks like limits will be reached quickly. I'll probably cut up some old chipset heatsinks for the VRMs to help those out. Best part about this case is that airflow is better than anything else I've ever used. Ambient is right around 20C right now, and air is flowing across every single part in there right now. I don't see more than 40C on anything in there when I stress it.

Speaking of stress, what's the voltage limit on these chips? I know the nForce is right around 1.7, but I've seen conflicting views on everything else.
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