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Hey everyone,

I'm trying to overclock my X2 4000+ system. I've never done it before, but I'm being told by a friend that all I need to do is modify a few voltage settings in the bios and sit and monitor the temperatures for stability. My current average temps are about 40-45*C on the CPU and about 35-38*C on my motherboard. I'm told I should be able to clock it up and get it to 60*C without damaging anything with the current cooling I have (A few large fans, stock heatsink and fan on CPU, air duct in the case for better flow).

I've read a few posts here and on other sites and am having a hard time finding the exact items I am supposed to change (Everything I've read makes it out to be a more complicated task than I've been led to believe) .

What are the exact settings I need to fool with in the bios? Any simple tweaks I can do? A quick and simple step-by-step guide I can go by? I've found the voltage settings in the advanced tab so I believe I have an idea of where to start.

Anyways.. The goal of this is to get another 500 - 800 total mhz out of my current processor in the hopes of getting a little more performance out of Unreal Tournament 3. I believe my motherboard supports the quad-core Phenoms and I will be upgrading to those once I have a sufficient source of income coming in again.

But until then..
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post #2 of 24
On your current heatsink you won't be able to overclock with those temps, if those are idle temps.

Try downloading this program and after 5-10 minutes of the "Small FFT" test see how high your temps get:
http://www.overclock.net/downloads/137251-prime95.html
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Well, with those temps and a stock cooler, you probably should NOT increase the CPU voltage. You should be able to reach 2.5-2.7GHz on the stock voltage though, but you can go beyond 2.8GHz if you spend $20 and get an AC Freezer 64 Pro.

Please do follow Murlocke's suggestion though, we need to know what your current load temps are.
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Well, with those temps and a stock cooler, you probably should NOT increase the CPU voltage. You should be able to reach 2.5-2.7GHz on the stock voltage though, but you can go beyond 2.8GHz if you spend $20 and get an AC Freezer 64 Pro.

Please do follow Murlocke's suggestion though, we need to know what your current load temps are.
That's fine.. I'm not trying to go crazy on it, and even 2.5ghz would be a nice little increase. I'm a little strapped for money at the moment so I'm not able to grab any accessories or anything.. But I'll grab those programs and let you guys know in a bit.
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Originally Posted by djZM View Post
That's fine.. I'm not trying to go crazy on it, and even 2.5ghz would be a nice little increase. I'm a little strapped for money at the moment so I'm not able to grab any accessories or anything.. But I'll grab those programs and let you guys know in a bit.
Sorry I forgot to include what test to run, run the small FFT test because its the hottest test you can put on a processor.
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post #7 of 24
get a better HSF save some duckets around $50 u can p/u a nice one. read the OC giudes for amd as well it helped me out alot but not only that read about your proc google it and see what others have done. it took me awhile to get comfy OCing my proc but then u gain some nutz and u just go for it. well it kinda helped that i'm w/c but that shouldn't stop u from trying on air. GL on that
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I ran the small FFT test earlier (While other programs were running ). Ran it for about 20 to 30 minutes. Checked the temperature in the bios afterwards. The CPU read 46*C, and the motherboard read 40*C. Where to now?
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post #10 of 24
was that on stock settings?
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