I was just trolling the forum bored and came across your thread.
1. I would recommend that you NEVER run LinX as previously told in post if anything you should use LinX but only for 5-10 passes, then I use HCI memtest x6, also I use Memtest to make sure my ram is stable 1st before booting into windows to make sure RAM is not an issue.
Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap
Just FYI 30 runs of LinX is killing your CPU, I suggest that to be used sparingly like 10 runs at the most, especially if you are using SP1 windows 7 with updated Linpack binaries in LinX
This guy knows what he is talking about and has helped 1000's if not many reach their overclock!
3. When overclocking always use ODD ratio as they seem to overclock better with less voltage. The best ratio I have found seem to be 25 (stock) and 27 and I'm running @4.563 on 1.440v. My idle temps are average at 26c and at full load using LinX 10 passes highest temps I get at 4.563 is 70c!!! I'm on water.
4. Best advice I can tell you is to NOT just input random bios templates settings from others but to study what others have done and take what you learn and proceed cautionly because there are alot of people that just spike up Voltages and pray for the best however there are MANY people here that actually can and do help.
5. Also when you run Memtest use test #5 and #7 as those are where many times an error will occur (per Lsdmeasap and he is right) instead of waiting HOURS going through all the other test. I run 50-10 passes of Memtest86 4.20v then.
6. When overclocking this is what I do.
- I increase Blck about 2-3 times till I can no longer boot into windows on stock vcore. (FYI...Make sure you input voltages manually becuase you don't want the system to over volt while overclocking so make sure you set each setting manually).
- Next i will up the vcore 1 time then continue step one till I reach my overclock. (make sure as well that you have set your memory to settings rated and voltage manually)
***NOTE*** For me this is the easiest way to get to the overclock I want but before you start you need to make not of your default volts by writing them down so you can set then up the correct one as needed. Below you is a list of BSOD errors that will help rule out what MIGHT be wrong shall you recieve one.
0x101 = increase vcore
0x124 = increase/decrease QPI/VTT first, if not increase/decrease vcore...have to test to see which one it is on i7 45nm, usually means too little VVT/QPI for the speed of Uncore
on i7 32nm SB, usually means too little vCore
0x0A = unstable RAM/IMC, increase QPI first, if that doesn't work increase vcore
0x1E = increase vcore
0x3B = increase vcore
0x3D = increase vcore
0xD1 = QPI/VTT, increase/decrease as necessary, can also be unstable Ram, raise Ram voltage
0x9C = QPI/VTT most likely, but increasing vcore has helped in some instances
0x50 = RAM timings/Frequency or uncore multi unstable, increase RAM voltage or adjust QPI/VTT, or lower uncore if you're higher than 2x
0x109 = Not enough or too Much memory voltage
0x116 = Low IOH (NB) voltage, GPU issue (most common when running multi-GPU/overclocking GPU)
0x7E = Corrupted OS file, possibly from overclocking. Run sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r
Okay its now 6:21am and I gotta get few hours of sleep and will help out more if you need just PM me. Just becareful of the volts you are using and ALWAYS watch your TEMPS.