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I just built my own machine and decided to go with the i7 950 as well as an asus rampage III gene micro atx because it was recommended for overclocking. I was just looking for some help on how to up my cpu as well as ram but i wanna do it afely without wrecking anything. Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Guide:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...-core-2-a.html

Check your stock voltages with CPU-Z and simply stay under those voltages. Same with RAM. So long as your temperatures are reasonable, staying within stock voltages keeps your hardware nice and safe (MOST of the time!)
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First off, there really isn't a "safe" option. When you overclock, you risk the integrity and warranty of your CPU and motherboard (and most of your major components). There is no safe way to do it.

Now that you've decided to overclock, you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler. The stock CPU cooler Intel provides with the CPU itself is mediocre, and is only rated and recommended for stock CPU speeds. For high end air coolers, you've got the Thermalright Silver Arrow and the Noctua NH-D14. Looking for a budget cooler? The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is great also.

After you get yourself a decent CPU cooler, you want to understand the basics of overclocking, such as the multiplier and the BCLK (base clock). Check out this guide. It was written for the 920 and the 930 iterations of the i7 in mind, but should serve your 950 just fine.
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intell data sheets list max voltages for i7 900 series as
CPU Core - 1.55
CPU VTT - 1.35
Stay under these and try to get it stable with the lowest voltage you can.
I have my I7-950 running 4.0ghz 24/7 stable ( its running great! ). Here are my numbers hope its a little help to you!

CPU-Z

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1681159


Freq : 4022.05 MHz (191.53 * 21)


E-LEET

+3.3v---------3.23v
cpu vcore-----1.32v
dram----------1.52v
cpu vtt--------1.27v
nb core-------1.30v
+5v-----------4.96v
+12v----------12.11v
vsb3v---------3.28v
vbat-----------3.18v

Temps at load! ( 24hrs+ PRIME 95 )

cpu------55.0c
vreg-----72.0c
system--34.0c

core#1--67.0c
core#2--67.0c
core#3--66.0c
core#4--62.0c
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My cpu voltage is 1.177 and the temperature is only around 33 degrees celsius. Im new to the whole overclocking thing because my previous computers were not even comparable to my new one. Not sure what i need to configure... On my motherboard it gives my an option to choose to automatically overclock my processor to either 3.33 or 3.75. Although im getting the sense that i should manually do that but dont know how! Would you mind filling me in? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz View Post
you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler
This. plz don`t start O.C.ing without reading some stuff first. Don`t use the "automatic" O.C stuff that comes with your mobo unless you really are to lazy to read a bit(which i doubt).
Standart: Start with the CPU there is the most benefit. Get "intel Burn Test", "Prime95" or "Linx" to test stability.
Then comes the RAM and so on...
But this is all not important for you!
Plz for the sake of your CPU and all OCers. Get a cooler, then you acn really start. If you got a specific problem: Ask! Here are tons of people who are willing to help! (As long as you get that cooler )
Edit: Safely ? I would call it "minimise the risk"
Edited by Mr.Eiht - 3/29/11 at 5:10pm
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post #7 of 7
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do it afely without wrecking anything. Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks


you can oc safely, a small amount with stock hardware, after you research & read.

Being safe would be to manually set load vcore (speedstep etc diabled).

Put your stock system under prime for a minute and monitor vcore, with cpuz>
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

As auto vcore is higher than stock clocks need.
So john q customer has no boot issues.

Being safe would also set dram bus volts to spec.
The list goes on...

Manually setting dram freq & timing to spec does not void any warranty.

LLC is another plus in stable vcore.

Lot of reading before diving in.
Dont change it if you dont know the consequences

You need to read some reviews on your MB, good info bios, many, heres a few>
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/c..._gene_review/1
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-r...i-gene-review/
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