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I built my current system October 2009 and unlocked the CPU to a B50 x4 in Nov 09, It has been running at 3.4ghz since then (default voltage) with just the odd BSOD every now and then (not too often to annoy me too much)

I'm always googling related stuff to see how others are getting theirs performing/stable etc but I thought it would be a good idea to post mine here and get answers to my specific system if you would all be so kind biggrin.gif

I upped the voltage a bit and x18 in bios, easytune is for the temps.

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Is that voltage/temps OK?
I did google someone recommending between 1.475 and 1.525, I tried 1.475 at first and temps were between 52/55 just on desktop so I just dropped to 1.425 in bios to be safe for now as I have only just started messing with voltages (always had it set to auto previously)

I do have some silver paste knocking about somewhere from when I rebuilt my sons PC, mine is just seated with the paste that came on the cooler. Worth changing that? It's been fine for me since I built it like.

I haven't got the foggiest on o/c ram but apparantly my mobo supports 1800 o/c speeds? is it worth changing anything there?

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will my ram run any better you reckon? what sort of messing about do I have to do in bios? is it as easy as CPU?


Thanks in advance for advice/tips smile.gif
    
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post #2 of 30
Get a better cooler and keep the chip under 62 degrees (AMD chips + low temps + high volts = overclocking goodness)

As for your RAM, try lowering the timings. They are at 9-9-9-24 now correct? Try 8-9-8-24. Then 8-8-8-24. If neither of those work, try 7-9-7-24

I have to use the latter otherwise my RAM is unstable. Use an overnight memtest86+ boot CD to verify stability.

Look on your RAM chips, check for the version. Like 1.2, 5.6 etc etc. And post what yours are here. Helps determine what IC's they are and how many volts you can pump through them wink.gif

Use this for a reference:

http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68811

For example, micron chips will eat voltage for breakfast, but ask others about that, I only know what I have been told.
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what coolers would you recommend? temps never get that high, even straight after gaming highest I've seen is 56.

Not got a clue about timings, I'll check the version soon though. Thanks smile.gif
    
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i just read last night memtest doesnt check stabilty of ram. just tells you if its good or bad.
everyone loves the hyper 212+ for a cooler thats cheap.
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Yeah, memtest86+ usually for finding defective memory, not testing memory stability. In OS, use HyperPi @ 32M setting, HCI memtest.
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what coolers would you recommend? temps never get that high, even straight after gaming highest I've seen is 56.

Not got a clue about timings, I'll check the version soon though. Thanks smile.gif

I have a Asetek LCLC 240mm dual rad
Cools very well. My unlocked x3 B50 idles at 45 and loads at 51. If I didnt have crappy fans I'd be getting way better temps lol.
    
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The hyper212+ is an excellent cooler for that chip..i have the 555 with my 2 other cores locked (don't really need them) and in a 20c room i get like 24c idle and 30c load.
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post #8 of 30
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hmm, giving myself some options here.
I'd rather the ram slots be clear, I have 4 gig which is plenty for now but one day I guess I'll need 8.

I link scan because I live close to it, I can just nip there tomorrow as I am off work.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-Hardware/All/Coolers/AMD-CPU-Coolers/Multi-CPU-Coolers

what would you recommend from those? Is the coolermaster hyper 212+ really that good? will it block my ram slot like the freezer pro?

under £30 options preferable if you would please. smile.gif
    
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It will block some of the ram slots depending on how far they are...but the 212+ fan clips are easy to move around so u can shift one of the fans higher i.e.the one blocking your ram slot and u would not get any significant rise in temps
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post #10 of 30
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ok cheers AMD dude, think I'll go for the 212+ and maybe an extra fan for it just to be sure lol
Are those coolers ok with the x6 phenoms too if I ever upgrade?
    
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