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Hi guys, i bought my rig a while ago and it has been running well for a while bought it as HL2 killer machine so i could run my beloved counter strike!


It has performed well and im pleased with it.....but i never overclocked it and now with HL2 updates my fps is dropping


So i want to squeeze the best from it and then if necessary try and work out the best value upgrade...

the thing is Medieval total war 2 is coming and i want to run it well...

So any help overclocking my rig would be ace....i have overclocked my xfx 7800gt to 508/1.1ghz but i have no idea where to start with the cpu/ram/mobo

any help appreciated!!

 

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Hi!

Thanks for the replies ill give that material a good read and then get back to you...

my memory is 2 x 1gb of Gskill ZX (blue) ram...im hoping it will be ok for the oc...

cheers!
 

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Get a screen shot of CPU-Z or the SPD tab. We'll see what you can do to get more out of that RAM too
 

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aces!!

is it right that i need to find the max stable speed of my RAM before i overclock anything else?

heres the screen dump
 

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ZX you say, I must of been half asleep, it's in your sig

Here is a great way to find out what to set the Genie to...
It's a bit of a pain to look through the posts, but the DFI freeks
over at dfi-street post there genie bios settings in great detail.
 

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ZX you say, I must of been half asleep, it's in your sig

i snuck it in when you asked!


ok i will do some kind of search through the posts....and see where i get. So do i need to sort the ram out first?
 

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This is how far i have got so far.... it seems my memory wont go beyond 225mhz. I have tried voltage all the way up to 2.8 and looser timings but no go. So i have used the divider to keep it around 225.

With that this is what i have so far... 2.7ghz!! seemingly stable


Can i push it more?

 

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I have got it to 2.8ghz!!! woot!

255 x 11
ldt/fsb x4
dram 05/06 166 divider

The barrier to me is really not being able to push the memory much...it just wont go above 225mhz.
 

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hows it going ok a couple of suggestions (jsut my opinion here)

first im pretty sure that board can handle the fsb as high as youll need it to go, now i would take that ldt/fsb setting to 3x or even 2x for now and put your ram on a big divider and see how high you can get your cpu and most of all check for stability by running pi 32m runs which will give you a good idea of temps and initial stability

now once you get the highest you can until it wont complete the pi run then either add a notch of vcore or lower it by a few mgz this depedning on your temps and how far you wanna push it
once you have the max oc for your cpu then you can figure out a ldt/fsb that will put you close to 1000 but not over it based off your fsb speed

edit- oh and i think it holds for this board also but make sure the ram is in the orange slots (usually helps with stability )

lookin good so far by the way

now the ram - when you were trying to oc it did you make sure it was running in 1T and loosen the timings at all to see how high you can get it, allthough ill be honest with ya some of my best amd scores have come from tight timings at stock speed with 1t cr on the ram

good luck and post any more questions
 

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Hi Madmax...

i did as you said and i was able to push the chip to 2973mhz!! @ 1.53v (270x11)

it booted to windows fine and all looked well. Then i tryed raising the ram divider back from 1/2 to somewhere nearer 200mhz and it just refused to boot. So i have take the clock speed back to 2915 @ 1.48v (265 x 11) this does boot with the right ram divider....mem is running at 208mhz.

Do you reckon this is my maximum?

Is it better to try and change the speeds a little to try and overclock the ram more? As i know it runs at 225mhz.

or maybe use tighter timings at the current speed of 208mhz?

cheers!
LL
 
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