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I have the Athlon II X4 640 and G.Skill NQ 1600MHz on an M4A87TD/USB3 motherboard.

After overclocking to about 3.5GHz I BSOD after a few minutes, or if I overclock to about 3.7GHz I BSOD trying to boot.

I checked my temperatures and I'm on about 50C+ after a few minutes on GTA4, and I'd heard that I should be in the mid 50s at most.

I thought this might be the problem, because at the time I was only on about 3.35GHz, so I went to MSY to buy a CM 212+. He said they where out of stock, then he said "You don't need it anyway unless it's 24/7, because it can actually get up to 75, if you're getting BSOD it's your RAM."

I've heard this RAM isn't very good for overclocking, because it can't go past 1600MHz at all. What should my problem be? Anyone got any ideas for BIOS settings for this RAM? Would a 212+ help me at all?
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You're pushing way too far on stock cooling. Take it down to 3.25 Ghz or less until you get an aftermarket cooler.
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that guy gave some bad advice. use prime95 to stress test if your overclock is stable when you downclock your cpu. I'd wait until you buy a aftermarket cooler before any more OC adventures.
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Maybe I know something wrong, he said only if it's 24/7...

What's that supposed to mean? I thought it meant like a server PC, constantly on for downloads or whatever, or does it just mean you never tone down your overclock?

Sorry for not knowing stuff, only 15, had to teach myself...
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Maybe I know something wrong, he said only if it's 24/7...

What's that supposed to mean? I thought it meant like a server PC, constantly on for downloads or whatever, or does it just mean you never tone down your overclock?

Sorry for not knowing stuff, only 15, had to teach myself...
No worries man no age discrimination here

Yes he meant if you are running the overclock 24/7 (never dropping it). Though, as nitd_kim said, the guy gave bad advice. Get the hyper 212+, you'll probably get a better price online anyway. If you can, also get another 120mm fan to put it in push/pull setup.

Once you have gotten the aftermarket cooler, come back to us and we will help you find your overclock
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AMDs are picky about overclocking once they get into higher temps. anything above 3200mhz is nerdy anyway.
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Quote:
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AMDs are picky about overclocking once they get into higher temps. anything above 3200mhz is nerdy anyway.
Nerdy??? But my mom says I'm cool.
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You want to be a nerd, You know you do. We (Me and @Rookie1337) have been working through clocking this same processor over here at my as good as it gets thread. Feel free to join in. We are both kind of stuck at 3.6Ghz, I am running the same speed ram you are and pushing the processor voltage to 1.53. Give yourself more voltage to the ram(1.65v) and more to the processor (1.55 maxish) and see if it clears your bules up.
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