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hi again all. right well as you probably saw amd 9500 @ 2.2GHz and I want to learn how to overclock (in general but starting with my main pc) so anyways I would like to reach 2.5GHz OC? which i dont know if thats a fair speed for a phenom or what? either way I would just like to try it out. and also OC memory (or atleast learn how to).

my machine:

amd 9500+ @2.2GHz
4GB ddrII memory (667mhz)
vista ultimate 32-bit
motherboard: alivenf5sli-1394 (version: 1.40)
500GB Seagate
500w shinobi (stock cooling bar one crappy fan)

Ok so my problem being when i go to advanced and look at the CPU all the options are there (e.g. clock speed & memory speed) but they are greyed out ie cannot be selected. Theres loads of options set to auto and if you guys need images to show ya then I can get them for you.
Please no comments saying my systems crap or I should go buy intel cos there rather irretating. :S

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Iain


Edited by REDHAMMER999 - 5/13/08 at 6:44am
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post #2 of 16
a 2.2 can easily do 2.5... that one can most likely hit 2.7ish (if im not mistaken)

first things first. update the bios, READ the bios updates, try not to use any experimental or beta bios' just yet, until you ahve tried a regular stable bios first..
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Good advice superk. Make sure to monitor your temps as well because I've heard of several friends whose phenoms get way too hot for comfort.
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first things first. update the bios, READ the bios updates, try not to use any experimental or beta bios' just yet, until you ahve tried a regular stable bios first..
Ok Done done and done I have 1.50 bios (latest) for my mobo but the overclock bits of the BIOS are still greyed out? need a pic to see? because it wont let me alter the clock speed or memory speed etc... It does however let me change the voltage and the cpu multiplier (CPU multiplier means?).
Edited by REDHAMMER999 - 5/14/08 at 5:14am
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Good advice superk. Make sure to monitor your temps as well because I've heard of several friends whose phenoms get way too hot for comfort.
CPU running @ 51degrees C (according to BIOS). still stuck with the BIOS greying out the clock speeds & memory speeds.
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51c is wayyyy hot for stock speeds.. my 5600+ (2.8) oc'd to 3.4 runs at 55-60 under FULL load... I would suggest fixing your temp issue before going any further...
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51c is wayyyy hot for stock speeds.. my 5600+ (2.8) oc'd to 3.4 runs at 55-60 under FULL load... I would suggest fixing your temp issue before going any further...
I have a big fan at the front of the case too keep it all cool. Also My dads computer runs @ 2.5GHz (or 2.4) and reads 42C with an alarm triggering at 70C to warn user of over heating. SO what d'ya reckon I should do? Also though I just used speedfan to tell me the temp and it reckons 46C after 30mins of crysis.
Edited by REDHAMMER999 - 5/14/08 at 2:53pm
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well 46c after 30 min is good, but 50 idle isnt good lol. Seems to me like a program is lying to you somewhere. Check 3 or 4 different programs, and hopefully you will only see 1 which is different than the rest (by more than a few degrees). Oh, and make sure coolnquiet is OFF and then check temps again... if its on that could explain the low temps, even after playing crysis as it wouldnt take long to cool off if the cores were underclocked and idled due to that 'feature'.
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...

Ok so I now have my phenom OC'd to 2.5GHz/Per core and it works @ 71 degrees. SO I think I will need some cooling too.
Edited by REDHAMMER999 - 5/16/08 at 2:25pm
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Ok All is working (ish) my voltage is @ 1.3 (varies upto 1.3V). temps (taken with speedfan) System: 25, CPU: 46, AUX: 48 but when it's been used for maybe 30mins of gaming or processing then it goes to about a CPU: 71C. So I need cooling for it right?
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