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#1 soulshard

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:56 PM

Hey everyone. My new pc that i ordered from cyberpower just came today. the specs are as follows

i7 950 currently at 3.1 Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211&cm_re=i7_950-_-19-115-211-_-Product
1 TB HD
6 GB A-Data RAM (1600 speed but only showing up as 1033 atm)http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211451&cm_re=a_data-_-20-211-451-_-Product
nvidia gtx 460 superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568&cm_re=nvidia_gtx_460-_-14-130-568-_-Product
coolermaster v6 CPU cooling fan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103088&cm_re=coolermaster_v6-_-35-103-088-_-Product
nzxt m59 mid tower case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146058&Tpk=nzxt%20m59
Gigabyte ga-x58a-ud3r motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423&Tpk=Gigabyte%20ga-x58a-ud3r
750 watt corsair PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

i have provided newegg links to most of my stuff. I had cyberpower OC my processor by 20% (they did it for free) and that got it to about 3.5 Ghz. And after about a day, it wudnt boot. Then eventually it did boot and it said it was experiencing boot failures due to overclocking. so it put my cpu back down to 3.1. I want to get it back up to 3.5 at least, my goal is 4.0, but i dont think my coolermaster v6 will allow that with only one fan (it only comes with 1 fan stock but has room for 2). I ALSO want to further OC my graphics card. I am a complete overclocking newb tho. so i was wondering if there were any safe and reliable and easy to use programs for newbs like me that will overclock for me. Im pretty sure it is easier and safe to use a program for graphics cards but idk about cpu. So if someone could link me to some programs to use for my graphics card that would be great. as far as my cpu goes, i either want a very safe and reliable program, or a detailed guide on how i should go about OC'ing this thing. what stress tests should i use? exactly what should i do in the BIOS and what settings do i have to worry about? How should i go about the timings on my ram? What is the MAX temp i can let my cpu get to while still being stable?
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:21 PM

If your computer is under warranty, and you wish to have it remain under warranty until it normally expires I would suggest that you contact the company that you purchased this from and ask their advice.

Overclocking is so stressful that most all manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Gateway... lock this BIOS so that their computers can't be overclocked. With the components that are available today there really isn't much practical need for overclocking.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:01 PM

everything is unlocked. my motherboard splash screen even says "Unlocked." And this machine was overclocked when it arrived. the manufacturer oc'ed it for me. but they failed and it got reset to 3.1 GHz. i want to get it back up to at least 3.5 again. i dont even really want it because im gona use it, i just want to learn to overclock and have bragging rights XD

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:10 PM

I realize that your BIOS isn't locked, and that the computer was overclocked by the builder. My point was to make you aware of the inherent dangers associated with overclocking, and why most all manufacturers will lock the BIOS to protect the computer.

Bragging rights are great, until you have to explain to your friends that you cooked your computer. :whistle:

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:40 PM

Bragging rights are great, until you have to explain to your friends that you cooked your computer. :whistle:

Very well put dc3! :thumbup2:

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:56 PM

Gigabyte has an overclocking program, but it really is garbage (at least it was a year ago).

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/10827/gigabyte_shows_how_to_overclock_i7_920_cpu_to_4ghz/index.html Click "grab the guide here" to download the PDF.

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=639976

Intel burn test: http://www.onlinedown.com/detail/22808.htm#download

Quickie: Reset BIOS to defaults. Hold down the "Insert" key while turning on the power. Glance through the BIOS to make sure everything is at defaults. Boot it up, make sure it is stable at default. Run the burn test, at default, to do a quick test to check stability. I usually run speedfan or other monitor program to check temps.

If it is stable at stock speeds, reboot.....................In the BIOS set CPU multiplier at 21. BCLK at 166. The BIOS will handle the memory dividers. Make sure you leave RAM at default. The point here is to overclock your CPU, but leave RAM at stock speeds so you are testing your CPU limits while eliminating RAM from the picture. RAM should be running at it's regular speed (1066 in this case), don't mess with XMP profiles yet. Worry about overclocking RAM later. This should get you in the 3.5 ballpark, for a start. See what happens. Afterwards you can bump the multiplier back to default and see if it flies.

It is hard to give a step by step guide, eventhough there are some out there (as I linked to). Any weak link will frustrate you, so you try one thing at a time. Try for one change at a time so you know what you did, so you can undo it if needed. Keep track of your BIOS changes. Patience, patience, patience.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:29 PM

Gigabyte has an overclocking program, but it really is garbage (at least it was a year ago).

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/10827/gigabyte_shows_how_to_overclock_i7_920_cpu_to_4ghz/index.html Click "grab the guide here" to download the PDF.

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=639976

Intel burn test: http://www.onlinedown.com/detail/22808.htm#download

Quickie: Reset BIOS to defaults. Hold down the "Insert" key while turning on the power. Glance through the BIOS to make sure everything is at defaults. Boot it up, make sure it is stable at default. Run the burn test, at default, to do a quick test to check stability. I usually run speedfan or other monitor program to check temps.

If it is stable at stock speeds, reboot.....................In the BIOS set CPU multiplier at 21. BCLK at 166. The BIOS will handle the memory dividers. Make sure you leave RAM at default. The point here is to overclock your CPU, but leave RAM at stock speeds so you are testing your CPU limits while eliminating RAM from the picture. RAM should be running at it's regular speed (1066 in this case), don't mess with XMP profiles yet. Worry about overclocking RAM later. This should get you in the 3.5 ballpark, for a start. See what happens. Afterwards you can bump the multiplier back to default and see if it flies.

It is hard to give a step by step guide, eventhough there are some out there (as I linked to). Any weak link will frustrate you, so you try one thing at a time. Try for one change at a time so you know what you did, so you can undo it if needed. Keep track of your BIOS changes. Patience, patience, patience.


thanks for this. that is what i was looking for. one more thing. what is the max temp i can allow my cpu to get to while running cpu burn test? basically how far can i push it with it still being safe?

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 09:08 PM

I am happy if it stays under 80C when really burning it. I run a Mugen II/i7 920@3.5 and it maxes at 75C.

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