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Well i am not sure where to start this but i just bought the parts for the system in my build at the bottom of this post! all together all working at stock.

i have had a look through this guide........
http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/53...ore-cache.html

updated my bios to the latest one (1701) using Asus Updater. all bios settings are set to default and alot of them are set to auto ...... Cool n' Quiet ..... CPU level up .....GPU Booster ect ect

Anything you recommend turning on / off i am completly unfamiliar with Overclocking so any help is appriceated i did try unlocking my dormant cores although when i do it via bios it and set it to auto it unlocks cores 2/4/5/6 with 3 being off? i presume i have a defective core on number 3 was confused with the added cores though o.0 tried running with just the tri core aswell boots either to windows logo formation and crashes or boots into windows then crashes.

like i said this is all with my bios controlling everything as standard with auto settings that came with the board only thing i have done is updated the bios to latest version(1701).

Please help out a newbie
(sorry if i am in the wrong section)

Thanks Again

TreD
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ummmmmmm uhhhhhhhhh

Did you try unlocking on 4 cores?
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You could try unlocking on 4 cores, though do be wary of the 4+1 power phase (i.e. add cooling first) before you do so and overclock. In any case, keep at 1.475V or below and you should be okay, but you're on your own in all cases past stock.
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Read this and pay attention to the part about Multiplier Overclocking since you have a BE processor.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...ing-guide.html

Manually set your ram speed and timings first. Basically you will be bumping the multi and then testing for stability. Go slow at first since you haven't done it before. If you reach instability you will need to add Vcore. You should also try to get the NB Frequency up around 2400 to 2600 but this may require some added CPU-NB voltage. As always, go slow and don't change voltages by a lot at a time.

It is a good idea to start three instances of CPU-Z, open them to the CPU tab, memory tab and SPD tab and then use Snipping Tool (Windows 7) to get a screenshot and post it here. Does that board have mosfet cooling?

I wouldn't worry too much about not getting the cores to unlock. Some do and some do not. Just accept that they won't unlock and move forward.
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Hello thanks for the help i am grateful i tried manually setting the cpu to use cores 1/2/3/4 but it tells me that my CPU can't use asus core unlocker o.0 ....... but if i open 1/2/4 it boots past POST and either to the windows formation logo or to desktop then crashes.

I presume that is because my bios is controlling all the voltages and values automatically which is probably causing instablity.

I will try taking some photos of my bios screens which may help you tell me what i shouldnt have set to auto?

@coonmanx thanks for the guide i will give it a good read through today and see what i can find out ill also grab the CPU-z tab pics for you aswell.

(also would people just recommend me just overclocking my dualcore or trying to unlock stabley and then overclock?)

Thanks again

TreD
Edited by TreD - 2/2/11 at 11:49pm
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i have a 555 too. here is what i recommend: first of all, see if you can unlock a core or two. chances are, however, that a 555 today will not unlock. i know because i purchased 3 of them recently and none of them unlocked a single core (same story for other people who purchased it recently too). but you should at least try. i have no idea how the asus core unlock (ACC) works so you should look into that. give it some extra voltage (cpu vcore) before trying to unlock. stock is 1.40 volts. give it 1.46v just to give yourself some security (1.46 should be more than plenty). do not touch FSB when trying to unlock--you want to simply see if you can unlock, overclocking is later.

determine if you can or cannot unlock.

your 555 has an unlocked multiplier, meaning you can change it to whatever you like. for black edition processors like the 555, a lot of people overclock straight through the multiplier. as an initial test, set your multiplier at the multi that will net you 3.9ghz (leave fsb at stock 200). keep voltage at around 1.48volts and see if it can 3.9ghz. because you did not touch your fsb, your northbridge and ram are not overclocked. this is just to get you a feeler for how strong or weak your cpu is. anyhow, that's what i'd recommend as an initial test. we can help you if you provide more data with your initial overclocks. like what voltage worked, what didn't
post #7 of 7
You can also try to bump the CPU-NB voltage a tad (give it an extra 0.05 to 0.1 volts). Sometimes that can help to stabilize cores. But it is not guaranteed so if it is not stable just forget about the whole core unlocking thing. If you really need a quad you may have to buy one.
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