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Ok, so im new to this forum, new to AMD's as a whole, and relatively new to overclocking... I attempted overclocking my previous pc (P42.8) but it would continue freeze on the loading screen, no matter how far or even how little extra I clocked it, it continued to freeze. So i packed it in before i did any damage.

Well Ive just purchased this new system as word is that AMD's are much more powerful as gaming machines. Ive been looking into overclocking it, but the though of blowing something up continues to haunt me. :withstupi

Just wondering if someone can maybe give me a few pointers regarding how far this system may be able to go, along with a few directions....or if not, even a link that may be able to help me out. And one last request... for the start, try to keep things a tad simple as im still not full bottle on AMD's, or the new specs etc... (im no means an idiot when it comes to pc's though )

Cheers guys, much appreciated.

Matt
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post #2 of 14
A good place to start is here and here.
Good luck !
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Firstly....welcome to this forum and to the magical and sometimes whimsical world of the AMD overclocker.

Secondly.... there are many posts on this forum related to "help, I'm stuck" or "how do I overclock......." and "whoops......." I would suggest taking the time to read a bit (perhaps search for posts regarding your processor &/or mobo) and get familiar with fsb speed, fsb:ram ratios, htt multipliers and safe voltages for your cpu and ram.

there is a lot of instruction regarding how to oveclock etc. and I'm sure you'll manage ok.

If you encounter any problems there are heaps of people here who will help.

I have just come to realise that there are a heap of threads that just say the same thing regarding how to overclock.
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Super! Thanks guys, I will check those links out...

Just one problem that i have encountered though, is my PC freezing in games, and i dont mean high-end games either. Games like diabloii, need for speed most wanted, and americas army (online army-ops) to start with. All these games, my old pc ran smoothly on med-high grapics with a smaller graphics card.

I have formatted and reformatted my pc about 3 times now trying to fix the problem, but i just c ant seem to figure out what is wrong. it may run for 5minutes and then freeze while playing, or it will freeze on the menu screens almost immediately. my graphics driver is installed, and the pc recognises it... im somehwat confused and frustrated at the moment.......

thx for the help guys, i will check out the links and other threads now.
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hmmm.... My mobo isnt in motherboard monitor...
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Super! Thanks guys, I will check those links out...

Just one problem that i have encountered though, is my PC freezing in games, and i dont mean high-end games either. Games like diabloii, need for speed most wanted, and americas army (online army-ops) to start with. All these games, my old pc ran smoothly on med-high grapics with a smaller graphics card.

I have formatted and reformatted my pc about 3 times now trying to fix the problem, but i just c ant seem to figure out what is wrong. it may run for 5minutes and then freeze while playing, or it will freeze on the menu screens almost immediately. my graphics driver is installed, and the pc recognises it... im somehwat confused and frustrated at the moment.......

thx for the help guys, i will check out the links and other threads now.
It could be a RAM issue.

Try testing your modules one at a time:
1) Shutdown your machine.
2) Switch the PSU off.
3) Take out one module and leave the second plugged into the mobo.
4) Switch the PSU on.
5) Test.
6) Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the other RAM module.
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Its sounds like your value ram is acting up.Or your cpu temps are too high ..Use asus probe to check your temps ( should be on your mobo disc) Try taking one of the ram sticks out then change them over ..But i would guess that some good quality Ram should fix this problem..M
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About the freesing issues try these: install catalyst 6.3 since it is supposed to solve some problems the previous had, and check the temps of the CPU, GPU and of the mobo to be below 60° (below 50° for the cpu and mobo).
If all of these are ok check your ram timings, there is a possibility they are too tight and this causes stalling on your rig.
About OCing the cpu I suppose you can go up to 2.4 Ghz since mine works very close to this freq. Use SPEEDFAN for monitoring your temps since motherboard monitor doesn't support the mobo.
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Ok.. ive installed SpeedFan.. and ive actually discovered something quite odd.. no RPM for my second fan :/ and heres the rpm and temps..

Fan 1: 3516 RPM
Fan 2: 0 RPM
Fan 3: 6027 RPM

1: 33
2: 36
3: 25
HD0: 54
1: 40

Not sure what exactly all the different temps are... sorry

As Far as ASUSProbe goes...the Fan speeds are the same, and it says the Chassis fan is 'below threshold 'so i guess this is the one i need to check on. all the voltages are slightly high which i suppose is normal.

Oh, dragos.. whats the RAM timing? how do i check it, sry...

I will switch the mem sticks and see what happens......then i will look into catalyst 6.3 .. the pc came with 5.1
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Check about 1/2 way down for Memtest" and it will explane the Quick test.
http://www.overclock.net/faqs/38169-...roduction.html

There is some very good info in that article that will help you too!
    
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