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I am finally looking into OCing my sig rig. I have avoided it in the past because I really never needed to, and am super scared of ruining my computer. But now I finally warmed up to it. The only problem is that through all my scrounging and reading on what to do, I got very confused on certain aspects of overclocking (mainly the ram part). So I was looking for someone to help me through it on voip or through some chat medium. I kinda really only learn by DOING something, but would really prefer not to ruin my computer by doing so. I can provide any other further information anybody needs if it s not in my sig.

Main questions I have:

Is it possible to overclock the cpu while keeping the same frequency and timings on your ram? If so I am stumped how to do it on my board.

Should I keep my FSB an even number or rounded? like in multiples of 5 or 10?

I am familiar with intel burn test but couldn't really understand prime95, can I test with just burn test for long periods of time?

There are also certain voltage settings on my board that are not covered in any guides. I probably leave these default right?


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I would love to help you. You have an amazingly overclockable processor and motherboard.. so good work on your selections. P45 and X48's have been known to overclock quite well. Compared to the Nforce boards the Intel boards memory controllers are better imo. Anyhow, Yes you can overclock as high as you want and keep the memory the same. You can use a divider for fsb and memory, sync or seperate them. First off, find your highest overclock while leaving your memory unlinked and once you find where your highest is and sync the memory and fsb together and it may throw the memory higher but thats when you bring the fsb down a bit so that the memory is at its rated speed. Be sure to add a little vcore if needed and if you have 4 sticks of ram be sure to up the chipset voltages. If only 2 sticks then you may not need to go as high. If you keep the memory at stock than tighten the timings up as tight as you can get them lol and give it a little more voltage. You have a Tuniq Tower cooler which is a nice cooler so you should be able to OC fairly far without getting too hot. But be sure to keep an eye on the temps. Once you found a good oc use Prime95 and run it for an hour or more to see if its perfectly stable.
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You can run Prime 95 for as long as you want. Keep an eye on the temps while you run it.. If the temps levels off and stays at a certain point then you can leave the program running for as long as you like to see just how stable it is. I personally run it for an hour and assume all is well. A game does not tend to stress the CPU to 100% anyways. Some voltages you can leave at default but turn up the vcore accordingly. Also move the fsb and chipset and MCP voltages up. SPP can stay at default (MCP is northbridge and SPP is southbridge). The FSB can be any number.. its not picky on odd or even.
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Also I would not worry too much about wrecking anything. If its too high it will not post. But keep an eye on the temps most importantly and dont do drastic voltage jumps. Just keep it reasonably close to default. It depends on how high you want to go. That board is a good board and if im not mistaken its a known performer.
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Hopefully I have helped and answered some questions for you
Edited by D4V3_1987 - 3/12/11 at 6:33pm
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Put here some screenshots of your bios, and we will tell you what options should be in auto.
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Hope it doesn't sound too noob but how do you take a screen shot of bios? With a camera?
    
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this is a very basic explanation of overclocking


its basic maths. your e8400 is rated at 1333mhz. you always divide this number by 4 so 1333/4= 333, this is your fsb.
then your processor (cpu) has a multiplier of 9
so 333 x 9 = 2997mhz or 3.0GHz

can you raise the fsb? yours is now 333. (333 x 9 = 2997mb or 3.0ghz ) 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 2 (for 2 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 in 20mhz steps until windows will not boot. then just go back a step (remove 20 from the fsb) to the last stable frequency, or
just raise the cpu voltage a couple of levels. it should now boot.
its a balancing act, higher voltages will get you higher fsb, but it will also give you higher temps.

THE MAX TEMP FOR A E8400 IS 72.C.
TRY TO KEEP IT BELOW 60.C FOR 24HR USE

the trick is to do this step by step, and not go straight to eg. 400 (400 x 9= 3.6ghz), just take your time

get the cpu maxed before increasing the ram speed
edit, your ram is fast enough, just leave it at stock speeds ie. 1066 (or it might say 533mhz in bios)
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Ok so I am still having issues with my ram. I guess I can't overclock it without the ram frequency being changed as well. I can get to about 360 fsb before the system blue screens with a memory error. I really don't understand how the RAM settings work either. I have a system memory latch and a memory multiplier. I can't get any of them to be on a frequency that doesn't crash the system. Help?
    
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