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post #1 of 69
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I'm back to stock, and I'm ready to start over.

Now, I've read all the guides. I read the nForce 680i SLI Overclocking Guide. I've tried overclocking on my own based on what I've learned, but I'm still having problems. For a while, it seemed like I was perfectly stable at 2.9GHz. It felt like that was a safe place to return to once I had problems trying to go higher. But that seems like it's no longer the case. I don't know if I ruined something, or if it has something to do with the software. But I did run into many problems with the software. It claimed file corruption like a dozen times, I had to re-write the boot record a few times, and lately, the BSOD seems to come around for no apparent reason whatsoever. However, I haven't seen the BSOD for a few hours now, so I believe everything is stable.

I guess what I'm saying is I must not get it. I'm very new to this. I just replaced my old computer about a week or two ago (and it's old. It's The Snail in my sig rig - the other system), and so everything is very new to me. I've never owned a custom built system. I've never been able to tweak like this before.

I love my system, and I want to see what it can do.

So, I beg for your help. Please understand that I basically know nothing. There are lots of things I know already thanks to OCN in general, but I'll just pretend like I don't know that stuff either. I really think I need to start over and just do this right.

Please help me overclock my sig rig as though it were your own. Like I say, let's do this together. I think it will be fun. I believe that we can get it stable over 3.0GHz with a good divider.

Thank you everyone. I really appreciate you.
post #2 of 69
That's a pretty decent rig you have there. We almost have a similar setup and I could say that you may be able to at least get a 90%-100%. Some are even getting up to 150% above.

Have you tried stress testing you system on stock to make sure that everything is "really" stable??? Cause I also had issue before when I OC'd my system and eventually found problems on stock.

What are you current tweaks? Temps? NB voltage? RAM speed and timings? Can you get us a screen shot of CPU-Z, HW monitor or core temp???
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post #3 of 69
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Thank you, louise. I worked pretty hard at getting everything. It's a budget system, believe it or not (I got the following from OCN members: the e2180 for $50, the 8600GTS for $20 - yes, $20, the EVGA 680i SLI for $140, and everything that doesn't go in a computer case I already owned, with the exception of that IDE HDD.) The case I'll be getting is a cm 690.

Now, I want to just pretend like I haven't oc'd yet, as though this is my first few minutes with the system up and running.

The e2180 I have has a pack date of 12/17/07 (batch # Q744A144), so I'm thinking it's wall is somewhere around 2.8 or 3.0GHz.

I've learned that all I need is somebody to tell me what to do, and I'll do it. I follow directions very well, as long as they're clear and concise.

So, what's the first step?
post #4 of 69
download orthos and memtest

http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-32...rclocking.html

there's some voltages and settings to check out
post #5 of 69
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I want to isolate this point in it's own post:

I want to pretend like I've never oc'd before - as though this is my first few minutes with my new system. Just tell me what to do starting at step #1, and I'll do it. If this has to take a week to get to even get to 2.5GHz, then so be it.
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Originally Posted by MiniTuckin View Post
download orthos and memtest

http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id-32...rclocking.html

there's some voltages and settings to check out
Is this the first thing that should be done before overclocking?
post #7 of 69
The first thing I would want to do is get all the programs I'm going to use to overclock with.
Here's a list of some programs:
Orthos, cpu-z,coretemp, memtest, possibly hwmonitor,(if you're going to do video card too) ATItool, Rivatuner.. I feel like I forgot something.. hmm
    
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Is this the first thing that should be done before overclocking?
No lol. Get the programs needed to verify the stability of your system after baby steps... here's a quick guide to check over.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html

also... get a case!
post #9 of 69
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I'm not going to worry about my video card yet. Besides, I don't have any additional cooling for it.

I just downloaded Prime95, but I'm going to close all programs before installing it...
post #10 of 69
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Originally Posted by MiniTuckin View Post
No lol. Get the programs needed to verify the stability of your system after baby steps... here's a quick guide to check over.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html
I'm sorry, but I don't understand what's funny. I've been to that guide before, so I'll just go straight to where the download links are.

Edit: Get a case? I can't afford one yet! I guess I should make this clear for any future replies: Please do not suggest that I buy anything right now, as I presently cannot afford it. I don't want any suggestions that aren't related to overclocking.
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