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post #11 of 20
OC'ing through the BIOS is the way to go. I wouldn't bother worrying about the board right now. It should be fine. You can always upgrade later.
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Overdrive is a part of AMD's Catalyst package.
It works if you want to OC but most people use other options like MSi Afterburner, as is regulates temps, GPU usage and fan speeds.

Are you planning on overclocking?
Looks like a nice little gaming build, is it up and running?

And 60GB for a boot drive is cutting it close.
60GB ssd boot drive cutting it close? Highly unlikely unless its a windows 15 or something. You can get away with a 32GB ssd and still have room for probably 2 games on it.
post #13 of 20
I run my sig rig off of a 30GB Vertex. I moved all of the user folders off onto the HDDs; things are still peppy at around half full, and it doesn't fluctuate much. 60GB is plenty, as long as the OP minds what is staying on that drive.

Just to reinforce others, stick to BIOS for CPU overclocks, taking as much off of "Auto" as you can; especially any voltages. Motherboards seem to not do a proper job of regulating them.

As for the GPU, extremely easy. Get MSI Afterburner; I think 2.1.0 off of Guru3D is the most recent version; it provides a GUI for you to toy with OCs. Get OCCT, run it with 8 threads and error checking. Do the core clocks first, incrementing up little by little (or see what others have easily gotten and use it as a base) and running OCCT for 10 minutes with those settings. Then work on memory. I believe that's really the jist of it.
post #14 of 20
Since you have BE 955 and a RAM at 1600 Suggest to downclock RAM to 6.67 (1333Mhz) as 955 Memory controllers are designed NOT to work with a 1600 Mhz RAM.(See AMD recommendation)
Upgrade to the latest BIOS,Keep your Mobo drivers and Graphics drivers latest before you start tweaking.
Run the rig at optimized defaults for a while. If all is well start increasing the CPU multiplier till you get unstable with a stress test.
Then try bumping CPU voltage,one notch up at a time. Repeat stress test till you get the best stable OC.
Edited by Babdi - 12/23/10 at 10:40pm
    
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Since you have BE 955 and a RAM at 1600 Suggest to downclock RAM to 6.67 (1333Mhz) as 955 Memory controllers are designed NOT to work with a 1600 Mhz RAM.(See AMD recommendation) (lol, what!?)
Upgrade to the latest BIOS,Keep your Mobo drivers and Graphics drivers latest before you start tweaking.
Run the rig at optimized defaults for a while. If all is well start increasing the CPU multiplier till you get unstable with a stress test.
Then try bumping CPU voltage,one notch up at a time. Repeat stress test till you get the best stable OC.
WRONG.
That is all.
post #16 of 20
Wrong !. See this http://techreport.com/articles.x/16382
I can only say what is official. In fact I am running 4x2 GB,1600 @ 4.2 ghz. If my CPU pops out I am responsible.Simple
Edited by Babdi - 12/24/10 at 2:20am
    
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post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Babdi View Post
Since you have BE 955 and a RAM at 1600 Suggest to downclock RAM to 6.67 (1333Mhz) as 955 Memory controllers are designed NOT to work with a 1600 Mhz RAM.(See AMD recommendation)
Upgrade to the latest BIOS,Keep your Mobo drivers and Graphics drivers latest before you start tweaking.
Run the rig at optimized defaults for a while. If all is well start increasing the CPU multiplier till you get unstable with a stress test.
Then try bumping CPU voltage,one notch up at a time. Repeat stress test till you get the best stable OC.
Uhh.... that's official? What's official is they're only rated officially for 1333Mhz max (probably a stability-at-default-voltage issue) but they aren't anti-1600Mhz+; in fact depending on the revision (C2, C3, etc.) you actually have a lot of headroom for speed.
post #18 of 20
^Agreed. If they run at 1600 then go ahead and run them at 1600. However, realize that if you can get better timings by running them at 1333 speed then maybe performance may be about the same (or better). You just have to experiment with that. But running ram at 1600 is no big deal if it works on your system. My C2 chip easily ran my ram at 1600 speed.
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RAM on AMD doesn't really scale well below 1600Mhz; 1600Mhz 9-9-9 in benchmarks is about equal to 1333 7-7-7 in latency & bandwidth; that's a 266Mhz gap. Meanwhile, take the same timings and higher speed tiers: 2000Mhz 9-9-9 is about equal to 1600Mhz 7-7-7. A 400Mhz gap. Must be the way the AMD memory controller works I guess. I would say to run 1600 preferably, it offers the best performance-stability-speed ratio and often also for the price.

But I guess I should be on topic; rotodoflowdo, I do not recommend overclocking on that board at all. You are running a 125W Phenom II x4 955 processor on a weak 4+1 power phase from a lower-end motherboard manufacturer - and not only that, due to lack of mosfet heatsinks and your tower cooler the mosfets are not getting any air at all. There is a large board failure/fire risk involved with this. If you intend to overclock you should first get a better motherboard with at least 8+2 power phase & mosfet heatsinks. A lot of boards with 4+1 power phases (even heatsinked ones) have blown up due to the strain of overclocked 125W processors.
Edited by xd_1771 - 12/24/10 at 6:45pm
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RAM on AMD doesn't really scale well below 1600Mhz; 1600Mhz 9-9-9 in benchmarks is about equal to 1333 7-7-7 in latency & bandwidth; that's a 266Mhz gap. Meanwhile, take the same timings and higher speed tiers: 2000Mhz 9-9-9 is about equal to 1600Mhz 7-7-7. A 400Mhz gap. Must be the way the AMD memory controller works I guess. I would say to run 1600 preferably, it offers the best performance-stability-speed ratio and often also for the price.

But I guess I should be on topic; rotodoflowdo, I do not recommend overclocking on that board at all. You are running a 125W Phenom II x4 955 processor on a weak 4+1 power phase from a lower-end motherboard manufacturer - and not only that, due to lack of mosfet heatsinks and your tower cooler the mosfets are not getting any air at all. There is a large board failure/fire risk involved with this. If you intend to overclock you should first get a better motherboard with at least 8+2 power phase & mosfet heatsinks. A lot of boards with 4+1 power phases (even heatsinked ones) have blown up due to the strain of overclocked 125W processors.
^^^^^this.
This guy know his SH**.
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