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Poll Results: What is my next step?

 
  • 34% (8)
    Keep Overclocking
  • 17% (4)
    Dont go any further, your system seems to be maxed out
  • 47% (11)
    Buy a new rig
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post #1 of 21
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OK guys, i have been trying to do the research on my own and figure everything out by myself before I posted on the forums for help. As of right now, I have my system overclocked slightly (as you can see from the specs), but I am still a freshman when it comes to overclocking and would like some input on what you all think I could do safely to get some more out of my system.

My MSI mobo is a 754, so if any 754 guys can help me out specifically that would be great. I have been rocking this rig for over 4 years now and I have been playing CS:S pretty smooth. After I got COD:4 i realized I needed to buy a new system or upgrade and overclock (cheaper ).

So attached is my CPU-Z and GPU-Z screenshots. Take a look at my settings and tell me what im doing right and what im doing wrong. I am more of a conservative person, so I would rather be more stable and use my computer longer than max it out and burn the baby in 6 months. haha

Again, if you have my system, or previously had it with better/safer settings, let me know please! Or if you are a self proclaimed genious when it come to overclocking, I would love your input as well.

One more thing... I have been noticing that my video card, when overclocked was running hot, so I added a 80mm fan to ran right on it. After I had done that, I noticed in CPU-Z that my voltage to the core was dropping a little, (1.488~1.504). My stock voltage is 1.5 so I went to BIOS and upped it to the max my processor can allow (1.55). Still at times, it seems as though the voltage in CPU-Z is still recognized as 1.5V and sometimes when I play games such as COD:4 and go back and check CPU-Z, my fsb clock has dropped to 206mhz from my setting of 210, cpu has dropped to 2.47ghz from my 2.52, and the HT has dropped to 826 from my 840. (A big pat on the back for whoever can figure that one out! )

Thanks in advance!



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post #2 of 21
Are you overclocking in the BIOS for your CPU? Or are you using a Windows utility?
What're you using to overclock your graphics card?
Oh, in before the flamers.
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post #3 of 21
If you're happy with what your rig can do, then keep it. If you are satisfied but still want more, I would hold out until Nehalem and USB 3.0 comes out before buying a completely new rig.

Sorry I can't help you with the overclock stuff.
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Originally Posted by EricM9104 View Post
Are you overclocking in the BIOS for your CPU? Or are you using a Windows utility?
What're you using to overclock your graphics card?
Oh, in before the flamers.
Im overclocking the CPU in the BIOS and Im using ATItool for my graphics card. Should I be using AMD overdrive? Is it safer/more effective?
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post #5 of 21
The 754 HT default was 800 but many MBs could do well past that. If you keep it under 900ish you should be fine. BIOS OCing for the CPU.
Keep the full load max temp to the mid 50c range

Actually, you might try to reduce the multiplier slightly and up the CPU bus speed. That would be if the RAM can take the resulting increase. Basically, in most cases, a lower multiplier and higher bus speed is better.
At the current speed, and 11x would equate to about a 232 bus speed and your MB may actually like a 4x HT, if not drop to a 3x. The higher the bus speed the more likely you have to up the chip sets voltage too.
You actually have a rather good OC for the CPU though

Also, the CPU-Z vcore droop is typical.
    
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I'd say it's about time for new rig. 4 years is alot of time to get out of a system. I've had mine since march of 06 and I'm ready for a quad and new gpu's.
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Thanks for all the inputs so far. Im hoping to compare to others with 754's and see where I stand. Does anyone know of a database or something I could look at to compare? Otherwise I will wait and see if a 754er posts his specs.

I might try to increase the bus speed to 215 to see if it can handle. If im correct, that would make the HT around 860 which is still under the 900 range.

Also, AMD Overdrive? Is it worth using instead of the BIOS?
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Thanks for all the inputs so far. Im hoping to compare to others with 754's and see where I stand. Does anyone know of a database or something I could look at to compare? Otherwise I will wait and see if a 754er posts his specs.

I might try to increase the bus speed to 215 to see if it can handle. If im correct, that would make the HT around 860 which is still under the 900 range.

Also, AMD Overdrive? Is it worth using instead of the BIOS?
Zona, have you confirmed if the K8T800 chipset from VIA allows locking of the PCI/AGP buses? These buses need to be locked before you start overclocking or you could risk causing data corruption on your drive or even damaging hardware.

Let us know

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Well i googled some and found that my mobo is not locked. So what does this all mean in the long run? Should I keep my current settings since they are stable? Or can i push it a little further?
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Well i googled some and found that my mobo is not locked. So what does this all mean in the long run? Should I keep my current settings since they are stable? Or can i push it a little further?
Zona, I wouldn't push it at all. Keep the buses at 66/33. If you try and go any further then you risk damaging your OS install. This is actually a very common thing with most VIA chipsets (not allowing the agp/pci buses to be locked). I have heard though that the K8T890 allows locking but it's not exactly "friendly".

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