The Phenom I processors are notoriously bad for overclocking. When I had a 9850 I achieved similar results; anything past 2.7 was unstable no matter how much voltage you poured into it.
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
You could try combinations of bus speed and different multipliers (remembering that RAM goes up too with bus speed). But chances are, you're probably going to have to pour some serious voltage to get it anywhere near stable. Most first generation Phenom quads too 1.55-1.60v to run stable at anywhere near 3.0GHz. Some got lucky ones that went further, or the same with less voltage.
And no, you're not LIMITED to multiplier only overclocking.
Sadly though, you're probably just limited to the old and slow Phenom I architecture, and the limitations of it not clocking very well.
Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared
Best way to see which product is holding his rig back would be to open up MSI afterburner and monitor the gpu usage.
GTS 250s in SLI wouldn't be all that weak, just a bit slower than a single 460 I would believe. Slower bus and all that but not a world of difference in the end.
They should be able to run the game quite smoothly, I would think.
What res is he playing at?
ASUS removed the FII from their page, but I'm positive it can at least support a x4 Deneb, if you are indeed cpu limited but aren't looking to spend a lot you can pick up something like a 955 for under $100.
Originally Posted by Doom
Balla is right the Crosshair II (AM2+) board will support a X4 Deneb, but it may need to have a BIOS update.