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OK well I want to attempt to overclock my CPU but I've never done it before..

Is all i need to do is change the CPU VCORE or are there a few other things I need to mess with as well?

Heres what CPUID Hardware Monitor says:



What all do I need to mess with in the bios?

Also, what speed do you think is achievable with this?
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First off when your overclocking you need to disable all power saving features, i.e. Cool n Quiet and C1E. Next i would tell you to increase the cpu voltage but i have the same chip as you and i can safely say that it is not necessary if you are going for a mild OC...say 3.6ghz.

If you want to break the 4ghz barrier you need to ensure you have an aftermarket cpu cooler, i will recommend the cooler master hyper 212+ any day as a cooler for this chip. I say you need a cooler because to get to 4ghz you most certainly need to increase the CPU voltage to at least 1.4v - 1.45v. More voltage = more heat so ensure you have a good cooler.

Now to the overclocking since the chip you have is a black edition chip all you need to do is increase the cpu multiplier found in the BIOS (I never used an ASUS board so i don't know where to tell you to find it) try increasing the multiplier till you get the cpu freq up to 3.6 or 3.7chz save bios and reboot into windows.

Now here is where you hold your breath, if windows booted with out a problem you have some stability. For a starting stress test i would recommend running the Windows 7 performance index thingy. If the system is still up the OC should be pretty stable.

Now to verify that statement, download a stress testing program i.e. OCCT or AMD Overdrive or Prime95. Any one of these are good, just before you run the test also open HWmonitor and keep an eye on the temps from time to time especially during the first 10mins. You need to look at your CORE TEMPS in this case, since you have the C3 version of this chip you are safe till 70c. Here is where I can't te;; you what temps you will get because I never used the stock cooler but i doubt you will get high unless you start increasing the voltage. (if your gaming mostly on your rig, run the stress test for about 2 hours but if you are folding and things like that you need to run it for 8hrs+)

PM me if you need any more help...this is just eh bare surface of overclocking and i'll help cause i have the same chip so i can guide you easier.
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If you want to break the 4ghz barrier you need to ensure you have an aftermarket cpu cooler, i will recommend the cooler master hyper 212+ any day as a cooler for this chip.
i have noticed something in this forum every one love and recommends the hyper 212+ why? is it better than the H70 or the noctua NH-d14?
    
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No its not better than the Noctua or the H-50 or 70. I recommend it to be paired with low power chips like the one i have which is only a 80watt chip, low power chip + big-ish cooler = good temps. Now you can easily go with the noctua but i would not pair it with the chip i'm talking about I would pair that with the chip you have the 1090's and 1100's even the 1055's and some older C2 X4 chips. But the real reason i recommend the cooler is because its got great bang for the buck performance. A buddy of mine got something like 20c drop in load temps. 20c for around $20 is fair to me
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OK Thanks I'll try that.

I do have the coolermaster hyper 212+ btw.

A few hours ago I manually set it to unlock 3 cores instead of 4 (i guess 4th is no good) and I managed to get it working just fine. Started up windows like it hadn't when I first tried to get 3 cores (it auto oc'd to 3.5ghz)... I got it to 3 core 3.2ghz and it seemed stable - it said I was using the phenom II x4 B55 deneb but only 3 cpus were active.

The temperature of the CPU jumped from 30 to 44 and stopped around there.

The processor power or w/e jumped from 86 at dual core to 175 at 3 cores - is that bad?

I got up to 10 tests on prime95 before I turned off my computer (idk how long im supposed to run it) and now I'm back to dual core since I didn't know if I might be messing something up just in case.

What do you think its safe to get to on this chip with the hyper 212+ on 3 cores? Also what about dual core?
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Its better if you use the chip as a dual core...some boards that have 4-1 phase control can become very hot when processor power passes 140watts, and honestly once you get the clock speed up to where i have mine no program really bogs it down plus you have a good graphics card which will take most of the load while gaming...leave it locked as a dual core for now, atleast you know you have a 3rd core if the system needs it.
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OK well as a dual core, what do you think I can get it unlocked to?

You think 4.0ghz - 4.2ghz could be done?
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Yes 4ghz is easy with this chip and you have the hyper 212+ you can push 1.55v and would not have to worry about over heating. Try my configuration I have:

1) set the cpu voltage to 1.5v and the cpu nb voltage to 1.4v

2) set the cpu multiplier to 20x to get to 4ghz

3) set the cpu nb to 2800mhz

Save bios and reboot, test for stability with prime 95 or amd overdrive, once your temps are below 71c your ok (a full stability test should be around 8hrs but if you are pressed for time 2hrs is fine)

If that test was successful bump up the cpu multiplier some more until unstable.
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Yeah I ended up getting 4ghz by setting the multiplier to 20x. Currently dual core 4.02ghz which is fine for me

I ran prime95 for about 9 hours and no crash or anything - the max temp got up to 46 celcius.

Right now, not under load it's at 35 celcius.
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i have noticed something in this forum every one love and recommends the hyper 212+ why? is it better than the H70 or the noctua NH-d14?
it is not better than the noctua NH-D14, but many people consider the hyper 212+ the best per dollar spent. the 212+ is able to beat coolers that cost twice as much--that's why people like it.

the noctua costs $85-90. the hyper 212+ costs $25-30. the noctua is better, yes, but it costs triple the amount.
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