Originally Posted by algreen
First time poster, builder and overclocker. I went with this mainboard (specs in my signature) after reading the positive reviews. I have read through dozens of pages thus far and plan to finish the thread. I am looking for some advice/opinions.
1. whats the purpose of CPU Unlocker?
2. whats the benefit of increasing the PCIe speed?
So far, all I have done is raised the ref clock up to 215, the multiplier to x17 (3440mhz) at the stock volotage. I added a fan to my Arctic Cooling pro 64 for push/pull configuration (see pics). The board seems stable (I'm typing on it right now), but the temp is around 45* with regular workflow (several windows open). I read the Arctic Silver takes 200 hours to break in, but I think I used too much (about a BB sized spread thinly over both the CPU and cooler base. Not sure what to do with voltages yet, wouldn't the AUTO adjust itself properly?
Any help or "next step" recommendations appreciated and thanks for the great forum.
next the CPU unlocker is for dual or tri core cpu's that could possibly be quads. No need for you to worry about it as you have a native quad.
Personally I dont mess with the PCI-E speed as I have heard mixed reviews on what could happen and IMHO the risks outweigh the benefits.
As for you TIM (artic silver) application. I would remove your HSF and clean both the CPU and the cooler then what you want to do is put about the size of a grain of rice's worth on the cpu (do not spread it) and then put the cooler on. as you put it on give a slight twist counter-clockwise and clockwise to help spread it out.
Next you want to DL some stability testing software (a few of my personal favorites are in the first post) Prime95, IBT, and LinX)
Auto voltage will do you for a while but once you really get to OC'ing you are going to have to add some volts. How much will depend on how well you cooler works for you. I am going to assume that your 955 is a C3 so you will want to keep in under 60*c load max.
Another thing, go into your user CP and on the left hand side there will be "add system" click that and put your specs in there and you will have one of the nice system spec things like the rest of us
Also feel free to ask as many questions as needed so that we may help you get your system running where it should be.