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Hello, could anyone please help me with overclocking my system. The reason why I ask for help is because I already have done research and read many guides and tried to overclock it, but all in vain. So I decided to create a topic.

I just can't figure out the correct voltage settings for my system in order to achieve a stable o'clock. I have tried many different combinations and did stress testing using Prime95, but I always end up with a frozen system.

I started with the goal to reach 3,6GHZ of stable overclock, but due to instability I ended up in going all the way down to 3,2GHZ, unfortunately I am still unable to get a stable overclock at this speed.

If anyone with similar system specs (or anyone at all) could advise me on the correct voltages and settings, it would be greatly appreciated.

You can find my system specs in my profile.

Thanks in advance,
Russian
Edited by Russian - 2/15/11 at 3:40pm
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I recommend overclocking upwards, not downward.

What I mean is, start low and move higher, not the other way around.

Find out what the max stable overclock is for a certain voltage, then increase voltage a little, and do it again.

Takes time.
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Thanks for your reply, but like I said in my post above, I already have read several guides on how to overclock, and it's not the problem that I don't know how to overclock, it's the problem that I can't get any stable overclock above my stock speed. And I wondered if anyone could help me through it, with a similar setup or someone who just knows what voltages I should set. At the moment the motherboard manages the voltages automatically and I think that's the reason why the instability occurs, I tried to set the voltages manually, but ended up having unstable system.
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try these

3400mhz (8x425)

CPU 1.35000v
DRAM 2.03v
SB 1.510v
NB 1.392v
VTT 1.250v

GTL enabled at 115-107-100

also leave your ram at stock timings and voltages for now
also most mobo's struggle with 4 sticks of ram fitted.
just try above settings with 2 sticks.
if it works, fit the other 2, to see if it stays stable

but usually you just
can you raise the fsb? yours is now 333. (333 x 8 = 2666 or 2.66GHz) try rising it to 350
boot into windows
download realtemp and coretemp (google them)
install and run them
then download intel burn test (ibt) and run it.
have a look in task manager and notice how much free ram is listed.

in ibt set threads to 4 (for 4 cores) and then click on custom ram and enter an amount just below the free amount.
eg. i have 2520mb free ram. so i enter 2500 into the custom ram.
run the test for 5 passes.
keep an eye on temps (do not let it go over 65.c)

if test runs fine, go back into bios, and change frequency (fsb) to 370 and repeat the tests.
keep doing this until windows will not boot. then just go back a step (remove 20 from the fsb) to the last stable frequency. or raise cpu and nb voltage a notch

the trick is to do this step by step, and not go straight to eg. 425, just take your time
Edited by j.col - 2/18/11 at 4:01pm
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j.col those voltage settings did unfortunately not work for me. However I have decided to add some extra info.

Okay, I have done a couple of tests to determine the stability of my system on stock speeds and settings. What I have noticed is that my system kept freezing on Prime95 blend mode after a while, so I decided to remove 2 Ram chipsets and ended up with 2x 2GB instead of 4x2GB of memory, after this I have ran multiple tests as follows:

Prime95 Blend ==> Ran for 12 hours straight with NO ERRORS
Prime95 Small FFT ==> Ran for 12 hours straight with NO ERRORS
OCCT ==> Linpack mode for 2 hours with NO ERRORS

As you can see I had absolutely no errors with only 2 Ram chipsets installed (total 4GB of memory), so I think that my motherboard didn't like 4 chipsets. For now I am happy with only 4GB of ram as long as I am able to overclock my system.

Here under you can see the photo of the Stock Voltages used that have stable stress-testing results.
stablestocksettingsvolt.jpg

And another photo of the FSB and memory settings (at stock speeds)
stablestocksettingsfsbm.jpg

I hope I provided enough information.
Edited by Russian - 2/21/11 at 1:53pm
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