Originally Posted by charliedog
Been a pc user for over 20 years (Dragon 32 originally!!) but never overclocked. Read a lot (huge amount) of info on this fantastic forum. Had the dual sata asrock for about 6 months with an AMD 64 3200+ but a 3700+ san diego arrives on monday and I fancy a go at overclocking. I am hoping to dabble over the weekend to get the feel. I am basically after a step by step idots guide detailing which bios settings to go into and what to alter.
My full specs are:
Asrock dual sata2 Mobo with 1.6 bios
AMD 64 3200+ venice (soon to be 3700+ san diego)
1 Gig Corsair Value Select (2* 512 dual channel)
Gigabyte 6600GT Silent Pipe PCIe
Termaltake PurePower TWV 430w PSU
Seagate Barracuda 160 gig IDE
Case is from X-case, it's an atrix but I cant remember the exact model.
Currently using stock cpu cooling but I do have available 2* silenX 120mm fan, 1* 92mm silenX fan and 1* 80mm Noiseblocker S2 fan. Not all fans are currently in use but they can be if you guys recommend so.
If a guide already exists and I have missed it I apologise.
Any help is most appreciated.
P.S I have slight visual impairment and muscular tremor so soldering is waaaaay scary for me, so if I can get away without it I would feel safer!
Alright well to start you off...
-In the Bios go to advanced settings
-Change your overclock mode to pci-e async
-set the 200 to 220...this should pretty much be a guaranteed overclock
I believe the 3700 is 2.2ghz...which the 200mhz external clock is multiplied by 11 to achieve....changing it to 220 = 2.43ghz ( I have an x2 4200+ it is almost like 2 of your processors minus half the cache, so our overclocking shouldn't be so different)
Leave Boot Guard Failure on at all times, if you go to high and your monitor is blank wait a bit and turn your pc off, repeat once more and then when you turn it back on it restores default clocks, it is a nice feature, you don't want to disable(I think its the boot guard failure that does this
You should probably disable cool n quiet, I disabled spread spectrum, some of my freezing problems went away, but this was on a dual core processor...
Lower down are the RAM options, make sure your Rams frequency is at
400mhz, this motherboard autoset mine at 333mhz...I disabled flexibility option, I think it lowers your RAM speed and gives you better timings, didn't give me better performance though...
Run some benchmarks and if its all running well you can try to mess with more advanced options
your pc might fail to boot properly if you go to 240 right away but you can try it and you have to turn ur pc off twice after waiting at least 10 seconds and then it will restore default clocks....240 would make your processor about 2.64ghz...it might not work doing it this way...
So the other way would be to set the voltage and multiplier manually...10x multiplier and I am not sure what voltage to put, but then the external clock needs to be changed to 260...and lower your ram speed to 333mhzs it will overclock itself 120mhz...you might have to lower it even more than 333mhz, maybe to 266, try both..
anyone feel free to correct me if i am wrong on anything, I haven't overclocked for too long myself...
also I hope I didn't tell you anything you already knew...
PS: You are recieving advice from a guy who didn't exist when you used your first computer...lol...