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would any of you be willing to guide me around my
system settings to find a nice balance between
performance and durability and longevity?
motherboard settings
cpu overclock Gpu overclock
HT mod etc
any help would be greatly appreciated
I will be using my sig rig if you need specs?
thank you
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How much do you already know about overclocking?
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Check out the stickied threat at the top of the AMD forum, and read through El Gappo's guide to overclocking. That is a good start for getting the basics down. Also if you can post a 2x CPU-Z screenshot with the CPU & Memory tabs open that would be helpful as well. When overclocking watch your voltages and your temperatures - that's something I cannot stress enough.
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how far do you want to go?

some people would be happy with 3.8, some 3.6, others 3.4
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by -iceblade^ View Post
how far do you want to go?

some people would be happy with 3.8, some 3.6, others 3.4
well I have 4 cores from an Athlon II X3 @3.2 stock
I have downclocked it to 3.0
I have been playing with mobo settings
conservitavly and noticed a big difference
so I was hoping someone could help me
find the *SweetSpot* I suppose

I will post some screen shots laterI also
have toyed with AMD Overdrive
and a Biostar software utility that
lets me manipulate some of the settings
But I have had most fun in the BIOS
I know absolutely nothing about Overclocking
except it takes math patience and self discipline
Not going way over and crashing the system
or destroying my hardware
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Welp conservative is a good approach, a trusty pen, a calculator, maybe make a push button cmos clear switch to avoid going in and out of the case dozens of times... avoid coffee, patience...

My personal preference is bios only oc'n for cpu.

Like one poster said, whats your oc goal? This may change of course, but knowing were you want to be is helpful.

First off, pick "something" to oc' a popular choice is the NB, clock that up and post, clock it up again, post, do this till it dont post... reset cmos, post and clock it 20 percent back from where you were at before failure, up the volts a touch, post, so on and so forth, this guesswork method will give you some idea as to were you are at with NB.

That figured... ram/fsb is another good choice, this is were the calculator comes in when you wanna play with multipliers and dividers, downclocking the cpu helps with this... again ya wanna find out what your gear can do.

Figure this out, and you will accomplish 2 things...

know were your mobo stands
know were your ram/fsb/mobo stands

the chips themselves can do wonders and **** cucumbers, but if your other stuff shoots craps... you may never make it to the big numbers.

oc'n can be a lot of fun, not only will you learn more about how your machine behaves, but learn what and what it can and cannot do, youll be surprised how quick you will be able to figure out issues just by getting to know how your stuff behaves. No 2 parts are created =. Even if they came out of the same plant on the same day... sometimes the stars just went your way... other days... maybe not so much.
Edited by Soggysilicon - 1/29/11 at 12:48pm
 
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I should wait until I get a mofset heatsink right? can anyone recomend
one would shims from a laptop do as I have very little space the mofset
sits right behind my H50 cooler
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Quote:
Originally Posted by snot View Post
I should wait until I get a mofset heatsink right? can anyone recomend
one would shims from a laptop do as I have very little space the mofset
sits right behind my H50 cooler
Mosfet heatsinks are good, but they're not really necessary until you start pumping the volts up. You could get away with no heatsinks on the mosfets if you don't want to overvolt too much.
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well how does this look for my sig rig with no mofset heatsinks
is the AMD Overdrive stability test reliable
I ran it for about two minutes before I took those screenshots
and posted I will let you know if it crashes
I lost my fourth core It just dont want to be a quadcore

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heres another
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