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I just bought some new gear for my computer and I'm a little tired of using the factory settings on all the awesome equipment I buy from time to time. My computer never runs with very much efficiency, but I'd like to give it a shot this time now that I got a new mobo and chip.

Can anyone offer me any advice on how to overclock my machine using the AwardBIOS that comes with th eLanparty LT P35 board I am using? I have been all over reading on how to overclock, but the things people say to change are labelled far differently with my bios. there isn't just a "CPU voltage" there is a SB voltage, NB voltage VTT voltage clockgen voltage, and SB 1.05V voltage..... I don't know which one to change bcause every time I change something my computer no longer boots (Thank God for DFI's EZ CMOS clear!).

I have managed to change my XPU clock freq that ups its TARGET CPU speed, but when I run CPU-Z in windows my clock is only running at 2.0ghz, when my target is supposed to be 3.2. Also my RAM timings will not go below 5-5-5-18, although the specs on my RAM say it is 4-4-4-12. When I manually change my timings to 4-4-4-12 though it will not boot.

Can anyone help me out? It is frustrating because nothing I read seems to help me with MY CPU and BIOS... lol.
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Maxtor 250 GB x 2 Vista Ultimate 64 bit 24" Flat LCD keyboard 
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post #2 of 6
Ok I am not familar with dfi bios, but first you need to disable any power saving features and make sure your cpu fan is running full speed. If you have stock cooing do not try to overclock until thats replaced. Then go to the downloads section and get the overclocker software package.

you need to go slow with overclocking like 200mhz jumps or less. Then run prime 95 with core temp for 10min or so and make sure your temps are ok. Then just keep going up till its not stable then raise your vcore. After that, thats when you fine tune your settings.

Also leave your ram at 1:1 with slow timings you need a stable cpu first
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Thanks for the reply, I went and downloaded a few tools, but they just seem to be diagnostic tools. I have my cores running in Prime95 at 3.0ghz, so at least that seems to be correct... Now I'm not sure about my RAM.

What I do need to know though is how I raise the core voltage, or the RAM timing. I am not using stock cooling, I use heat pipes and 120mm fans on heat sinks, but it is still air cooling. at 3.0 I've been running around 50 - 60 C at 100% load for the last 10 min. Any advice to help me with my RAM?
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quad q6600 1066mhz DFI Lanparty LT P35 Radeon XT1900 Corsair Memory MEM 2Gx2|CORS TWIN2X-6400C4DHX 4 GB 
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Maxtor 250 GB x 2 Vista Ultimate 64 bit 24" Flat LCD keyboard 
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Maxtor 250 GB x 2 Vista Ultimate 64 bit 24" Flat LCD keyboard 
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post #4 of 6
are you going to leave your cpu at 3.0? you need to decide what you want then worry about your ram. also post your bus speed and multi. (ex. 270*10). you then need to figure out which divider to use to get to ram speed you want.

Edit: sorry if i oversimplified this but we all need to be on the same page
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Well, if I get up to 60C with 3.0, I doubt I want to run it much higher than that. After all it is a Quad core and I just gave it practically another core worth of speed with that overclock. I'd like to leave it there and then try to get my ram timing down and see what I'm sitting at. I am playing Age of Conan right now, so that is where I am trying to eek out my performance.

333.33 x 9 while at full load... 333.33 x 6.0 when idling.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
quad q6600 1066mhz DFI Lanparty LT P35 Radeon XT1900 Corsair Memory MEM 2Gx2|CORS TWIN2X-6400C4DHX 4 GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Maxtor 250 GB x 2 Vista Ultimate 64 bit 24" Flat LCD keyboard 
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post #6 of 6
Ok you need to turn of something else in your bios. I forgot what it is called. I think its EIST or something like that. These can cause unstable overclocks along with any other energy saving stuff.

Overclocking may kill trees and small woodland animals but the ends justify the means.

so turn off that then try to get your ram close to 800mhz with 5 5 5 18 timings then if thats stable try 4 4 4 12 when its stable you then need to run for 8 hours or so. If no crashes your golden.

Good luck

check this thread

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...g-windows.html
Edited by Mr. Stroker - 5/31/08 at 12:16pm
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