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Hey guys, I'm brand new to these forums! I've browsed through a few other threads on overclocking, and I've done very mild overclocks myself in the past, but never gotten personalized advice. Since OCs seem to depend a lot on all of your hardware, not just the CPU, I figured I'd list everything and see what you guys could come up with for me as far as tips go. I use my computer to do streaming, play games, and render/edit videos, so I'm looking to make everything run as quickly as possible. My main questions are:

1) How high should I overclock my 1090t, using what options, and what software?

2) Should I overclock my graphics card, using what options, and what software?

3) Is my RAM decent, or is it holding me back?

4) Is there any software I can use to make windows faster? Tuneup Utilities seems to be popular, but has poor reviews.

5) Should my harddrives be partitioned, will that help load times in games, or render times in videos, or boot times for windows in general? Should I be placing certain types of files in certain places?

6) Instead of running this desktop with 2 monitors, should I use a secondary desktop to run the second monitor?


OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
PSU - Thermaltake Black Widow 850w Modular
CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1090t - 3.2Ghz (36C idle - 50C load) (http://bit.ly/a2B5tg)
CPU Cooler - Similar to CoolerMaster Hyper 212 but older. Had it for years, no box.
RAM - 8GB Dual-Channel DDr3 @698Mhz (9-9-9-24)
RAM Sticks - http://bit.ly/5U6uRy
RAM Sticks 2 - http://bit.ly/4KIQSF
Motherboard - MSI 890FXA-GD70 (MS-7640) (http://bit.ly/cuOuZp)
HDD - Western Digital WDC WD10EAVS-00D7B1 (No partitions)
HDD 2 - Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (No partitions)
GFX Card - AMD Radeon 6950 HD (factory clocks) (http://bit.ly/gospO4)
Monitors - 2 screens (1080p and 1280x1024)

Thank you very much to anyone who can help me!

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What's your ambient room temperature? Aside from modding your case, the Cheapest and most effective thing you could do to drop temps are to remove your components from your case entirely. You probably won't like that option but with a budget of "none" you have to work with what you have.

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The biggest issue I see with your PC is your motherboard and CPU pairing. If you read up on the 890FXA-GD70, its VRM system is not equipped to safely handle overclocked 6-core CPUs. I would suggest you stay away from attempting any overclocking, or you may face some rather dire consequences. (VRM & MOSFET Info, in my sig - and be sure to check out the VRM failure database, linked in thread)

The mismatched RAM may affect your bus clock flexibility.
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