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Hey guys, i just upgraded from a Q6600 to the system in my sig, and im loving it! Ive always wanted to overclock and i feel now is the best time. Im a bit nervous because all the guides ive seen are very generic and i dont wanna mess anything up. If anyone can help me, im just looking for a bump to maybe 3.5 Ghz because i have the V8 cooler which is pretty nice. Im going to also post some cpu-z pics so hopefully those help too! Thanks guys!
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well to get started, ive never even heard of that mobo brand, maybe others have, but some bios pictures can help

to get started
disable speedstep / voltage lowering / power saving / sleep / c states, anything that lowers your power or changes your clock speed

set your
vcore 1.25
bclock 161

look up on your ram box or web site to see what voltage it is rated at, set
dramm volts to that number

the speed on that ram really scares me, set your ram ratio as low as possible, shoudl be 8

leave your other settings at auto, try booting into windows, if it works, run a few passes of intel burn test, or 3dmark, post screen shots of your temps in realtemps or coretemp showing us your low/highs after the tests
(keep these programs on during the test)

read http://www.overclockers.com/3-step-g...core-i3-i5-i7/
and
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...rclocking.html
 

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there should be a screen where you get the option to change your bclock, change your multiplier, ram ration, etc
then there may be a seperate screen for ram timings, and then a seperate one for all of your voltages
need screens of those please

LOL you first post says ram speed is 667, thats what scared me, but i just looked them up, they are 1333, so forget what i said about low ram ratio. your mobo claims to support ram speeds up to 2000, which you will have to test.

this changes the game some, set everything like i said but do NOT set the ram speed, leave it on auto, do the same boot up / get the temp programs, and run your benchmarks, report back with high/low and shots of the main, spd, and mem pages in cpuz
 

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ok do the vcore and bclock settings that i said above
vcore 1.25
bclock 161
multi 22
if you crash during tests or booting into windows, just bump up your voltage 1 or 2 steps, small corrections = more time = better overclocking

make sure you turn off the other stuff i listed up there

get realtemps to monitor temps
intel burn test for cpu overclocking
also grab a copy of everest and 3dmark vantage (trials)

report back with a high/low temp read out when you finish, and we will go from there
 

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Ok so i did all that you said except i did multi 21 on accident. is that going to make a huge difference? i completed 3dmark test and the intel burn test and here are my highs and lows.... 40/38/39/37 high- 67/67/65/63....and the cpu is at 3.39 GHz

Edit: I went back to see why i set the multi to 21 and its because 21 was the highest setting it let me...am i setting the wrong thing?
 

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the lower multi wont hurt you but it wont get you to the overclock you were asking for 3.5

so change that to x22, or bump up your bclk to 165

a higher multi will let you get higher clocks usually, but a higher blck is better for your power, since it affects everything in your overclock. becuase of this, a higher bclk will require more voltage and higher temps, so its your choice (id choose bclk, youre in a safe range.

set your vtt very close to 1.2 maybe just over, you need to keep your vcore and vtt within .5 of eachother
when you change those, if you want to change them, run intel burn test for 5 passes, make sure you are on
stress level: high
threads: 8
if you do not pass 5 passes, raise your voltage slowly, 1 or 2 ticks per retry

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now its ram time, head to http://www.memtest.org/ and pick up a copy for bootable usb or cd, whichever you want
i believe this is your ram, please make sure that it is before you do anything else
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...IN#detailspecs

set your ram voltage to the stock setting, it should say this on the box, 1.65
set your ram ratio to 2:8
and your timings to stock as well, 9 9 9 20 1t

now boot to memtest and let it run for 2 passes, if everything says stable and no errors, boot into windows and get prime95 http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/

and run that for at least an hour, if you want to overclock more, set your ram ratio to 2:10, do all the same tests...
if you want to overclock even more post again with all your settings and temps

if you want to leave it where it is, let prime95 run overnight, if it says no errors in the morning, youre good to go!
 
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