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Hi there.

I am kinda new to this site, and to AMD, and to overclocking. Haha. I got my first ever AMD (Phenom II 965) on Thursday, and I have been quite happy with it. I am overclocking for my first time ever, and this is what I have:

AMD Phenom II x4 965
MSI 890GXM-G65
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Coolermaster Elite 370 Chassis with 3x 120mm LED Fans (front, back, side)
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ with Push&Pull Fans (pulling air out back)
No GFX yet, only next month.

Now I have read so many threads and reviews on OCing but I'm not sure what to do really. I have set my CPU Voltage to 1.384 (it is 1.395 on auto I think) and the CPU Multiplier to x19 to push the GHz up to 3.8. I left everything else as it was, like the NB and all other voltages. I have been running Prime 95 for 40min now, and in MSI ControlCenter it maxes out at 38 (36) degrees with system temperature maxing at 40 (38). Idles at around 24-26.

I did the OC in my BIOS, changing only the CPU voltage and the multiplier.

Is this a good OC to keep? And is the MSI ControlCenter accurate with temps? AMD Overdrive says my CPU temp is 47-49 on all cores with 1.35V under "Status Monitor > CPU Status", but under "Performance Control > Fan Control" FAN0 (CPU FAN) runs at 36-38 (same as MSI CPU temp) and FAN2 (side panel fan) running at 37-39 (same as MSI system temp). So which one should I be looking at?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance.
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Here are some pics of what I am looking at.



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Yea its decent. I would push it higher though. Mine used to do 4 gigz stable all day. For temps I would download coretemp or HWMonitor instead. It'll give you a better breakdown and if all else fails you can check temps in Hardware Monitor in BIOS. I would also recommend setting your sig rig in User CP so everyone knows what you have. Also see about getting your NB up. I noticed a big difference when that was OC'ed. You should also download CPU-Z for reference and screenshots if you don't have it already.


EDIT: Finished posting after you posted screenies, lol.

Also is that 49* temp on the cores under load or idle. If its under load its ok, sorta high but stable I guess. But if its not under load then thats high. What are you using for thermal paste???


One last thing....show us a screenie of the memory tab.
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How much do you think I can up the NB? What voltage setting should I use? I'll start playing around from there and see what is stable, and keep you guys posted.
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Next step is to raise the CPU-NB speed. You should be able to get 2800-3000mhz. You will have to increase the CPU-NB voltage ~ 1.38v. Keep the HT link at 2000mhz.
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That looks like a reasonable start but you have some room to keep goin! You wont get into the wall o' heat till you edge in on 3.85+ At that point your voltage steps get a little in the unknown zone. As far as your temps go, your still in the green.

Have you tried core temp and see what it has to say? (temps on AMD are done algorithmically not necessarily thermally/thermistor), its good to establish a base line at stock, track those numbers, and compare them to your OC's to see based on how "your" stuff is reporting what the thermal performance is. As a generally rule of thumb getting into the 60's is considered the yellow to red zone for the chip, with shutdown around 70 give or take a couple C.
 
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I would try for 3000mhz on the NB. But some increase in voltage will be needed. Hard to say what exactly the number will be. Each board is different. Just up it, and when you get a BSOD restart and bump voltage up one.
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Okay so it's idling at 34-36. I am using CoolerMaster Thermal Paste that came with the Hyper212+ Cooler. I forgot to buy some when I ordered the thing. Well with all four cores at full load, 100%, it was maxing out at 49 degrees. Didn't go above that. So my CPU Voltage is fine (1.35 it seems, but goes up to 1.394 under Prime95 stress test) for 200x19 on 36 degrees max idle? Or should I take it up a bit?

BTW, I am using onboard HD4290 GFX at the moment. Would that push temps up?

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No that wouldn't affect temps too much. If thats your full load temps then its ok. I'd take it as high as it could go. Keep bring the ratio up a half notch at a time. Go until you get BSOD's or instability, then bump the vcore up a notch then test again. Get it as high as you can man, the pursuit of performance, lol. I am confident you will be able to get it to 4 ghz stable no problem.
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Next step is to raise the CPU-NB speed. You should be able to get 2800-3000mhz. You will have to increase the CPU-NB voltage ~ 1.38v. Keep the HT link at 2000mhz.
well this thread has helped me to, I was having problems and I think this figured some out for me! (think) lol

I would like to know what the HT link does? and why it should not go over 2000mhz the limit is always the same as the NB so please explain that for me.

I am at the wall I think if I go past 4.1ghz no matter if through multiplier or FSB like right now I am @ 204 and 20 on 970be giving me 4060mhz and if one more step bsod or just screen off and at bios rebooting.

I did get my NB up to 2800 but not 3000 wouldn't post?

Now I know I need to reapply thermal paste on h70 cooler because idle temps are up and load temps are 59c after 30min on prime, but why can't I get it higher than 4060mhz??? I want more more more lol, I know I am a a**h*** for wanting to push harder but I always push every thing to the limit just ask the ex'sssss lmao!

I would like all info that you can help with you seem very smart on amd stuff as this is my first amd I know nothing even though I have built a few lets just start with ME IDIOT you Smart tell me and hold my hand to get my system to 4.3 thank you

P.S. please understand I joke in my sentences so don't take it wrong!
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