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I just got my MOBO installed, any one know how to overclock the CPU because I'm a complete newbie when it comes to OCing.

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thanks for any help..
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What are you using to cool the cpu?
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I ask becuase you should not overclock with the stock intel heatsink...

Here is a good article that explains alot http://www.ocworkbench.com/2008/asrock/P43DE/g4.htm

Be sure to stress test with Prime95 after each bios frequency change. Keep temps below 72c, stay below 1.36v core. Be sure to set your voltages manually otherwise the board may auto adjust and overvolt..
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what's the max I can take it to using the stock fan?
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what's the max I can take it to using the stock fan?
that would depend entirely on your temperatures. i recommend you download a temp monitoring program like coretemp. go to google and search coretemp. should be the first link. but i wouldnt let your temps go over 75c(while stressing). if they do go above 75c you might wanna turn down the oc a little bit, or buy a nice aftermarket cooler.
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so I'm supposed to take small steps right? e.g. currently at 200 x 13.5, so to overclock I do : 250 x 12?
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so I'm supposed to take small steps right? e.g. currently at 200 x 13.5, so to overclock I do : 250 x 12?
You can leave it at 13.5 and just start upping the fsb 10 at a time...

BUT! First download coretemp, cpu-z & prime95. With it at stock run prime95 small fft's. Have both coretemp & cpu-z open.

Jot down the actual voltage being read in cpu-z. And see where your temps are at with prime95 @ stock clocks..

If temps are say, in the 50's set your vcore in bios about .025 above default. Manually set you NB voltage, and your ram voltage and timing to there defaults so they dont change every time you change the fsb (cpu clock)

Then just raise it 10 at a time and run prime95 for a good 8 - 10 hours, you will see peak temps within the first 1/2 hour. If they stay below 70c just let it run.. If no errors, bump it up 10 more...

rinse & repeat..
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well I couldn't OC using the BIOS because no matter what value I entered, I'd get a blue screen, so I installed Asrock's OCing software and took it to 3.0ghz ( 240 x 12.5 ) temp = 33. when playing games such as AVP temps go to 40-50. but I get a bluescreen if I try to OC higher guess this is the limit
Edited by trojan92 - 1/1/11 at 8:59am
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