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Windows 7: New to OCing

16 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
New to OCing

I want to learn how to OC my new build. Can somebody get me started in the right direction? Currently I have the BIOS set to something called OC Genie Lite that took it from stock 3.2Ghz to 3.6 Ghz. I want to go faster lol.

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16 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You could start here - Overclockers Forums - The Performance Computing Community

Read Read Read.... and then read more as you don't want to fry your system chasing other peoples numbers and temps.

Overclocking is an art - and it takes a lot of patience and practice.

Good luck.
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16 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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I want to go faster
and that means more heat, paying attention to cooling is a must when OCing.
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16 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Sygnus21 and Ciara!

For starters I was reading in my MOBO manual and there is something called OC Genie Lite which allows the system to detect the maximum FSB clock and to OC automatically. It raised it from 3.2 to 3.6GHz and the temps when I have a lot of stuff open don't get over 41*C and that is with the stock HS. Although I do want to learn to OC manually so thanks for the advice. Siara I do have a Noctura NH-D14 HS on the way for cooler temps. Here is what the BIOS looks like when I have OC Genie Lite enabled.

http://www.qfpost.com/download.do?ge...6564abbdf0b2cf
http://www.qfpost.com/download.do?ge...ad74d75591d453
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16 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

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Siara I do have a Noctura NH-D14 HS on the way for cooler temps.
That thing is more than adequate for your cooling needs.... unless you plan on going far beyond 4+ gigs

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Anyway like I said, read read read.

Good luck.


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16 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Read Read Read.... and then read more as you don't want to fry your system chasing other peoples numbers and temps.

Overclocking is an art - and it takes a lot of patience and practice.

Good luck.
Very true. Also, at some point if you start adjusting the speed manually, I've found that it's helpful to do so in small increments rather than making large increases at once. That way you lessen the risks a little by taking a slow, steady approach.
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16 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for the help! It is greatly appreciated. I have been reading and it seems the more I read the more confused I get. Some say to raise the multiplier and don't increase the voltage and others say to increase voltage. Then there is CPU voltage and NB-volts. I have something on my MO BO called OC stepper. Then there are the various benchmark and testing programs, which ones are the best? I guess the more I read the more it will all make sense.
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16 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Case1 View Post
Thanks for the help! It is greatly appreciated. I have been reading and it seems the more I read the more confused I get. Some say to raise the multiplier and don't increase the voltage and others say to increase voltage. Then there is CPU voltage and NB-volts. I have something on my MO BO called OC stepper. Then there are the various benchmark and testing programs, which ones are the best? I guess the more I read the more it will all make sense.
As you've probably already learned, and as a few others in this topic have said, overclocking is going to work different for every setup. For some people it's better to raise the multiplier, for others it's better to raise the voltage, etc. Different things are going to work for different people.
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16 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Case1 View Post
Thanks for the help! It is greatly appreciated. I have been reading and it seems the more I read the more confused I get. Some say to raise the multiplier and don't increase the voltage and others say to increase voltage. Then there is CPU voltage and NB-volts. I have something on my MO BO called OC stepper. Then there are the various benchmark and testing programs, which ones are the best? I guess the more I read the more it will all make sense.
It depends on what you have for a setup as well as what you're trying to accomplish.

Overclocking an i7 system is different from overclocking an older FSB system. Just as overclocking an AMD system is different than overclocking an Intel system.

Then there's the overclock itself - small to med overclocks may not involve voltage tweaking whereas more aggressive ones will require lots of voltage adjustments. Also the processor itself will determine a whether a voltage adjustment is needed or not, and how much.

Yes, there are some software programs that ship with motherboards that will let you click a button and you have a small to med overclock. While they might work, you don't exactly know what they are doing, which could cause problems later on should an issue arise.

Most experienced overclockers run from those because most tend to give generic settings that may not be optimized for specific systems, and they very often tend to "over-volt" which can lead to heat problems - something an overclocker is always trying to fight.

So the first thing you need to do/understand is to find out what's applicable to you.

Than how far do you want to go with your overclock, and whether you feel like tweaking voltages or not Ė be aware that more often than not, you will have to tweak some voltage settings anyway in order to maintain a stable system. Itís one thing to say you can run at 4gig, itís another to run 24/7 stable!

So while you're reading ask yourself how/does this apply to me? That should help eliminate some of the fluff out there. Again, a good reputable forum to visit for overclocking is Overclockers Forums - The Performance Computing Community

Bottom line: Overclocking is an art form that has many components to learn, and here your main enemy is heat.

Good luck.
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16 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've tried the Auto system before and did not like them at all.

1 good example of why I do not the built in OC tools.

Mine, when set to Auto OC to a 400FSB, sets my Vcore for the CPU at 1.36V.

For my particular CPU to run at a 400FSB, stable, requires no extra voltage.
It sits comfortably at its 1.23V stock setting. Thats a pretty big jump for really no reason.



As everyone has already said, every system will show OC a bit differently.
Even if you have 2 systems set exactly the, piece by piece, both of them may very well require different setting for the same speed.

My advice would be much the same:

Wait untill you get better cooling in place.
Go in small steps and test along the way.
Keep a close eye on your tempratures (Use a stress test to fully load the system like Prime 95)

Take your time, learn all the in and out of your bios. What all the settings mean & what impact they have on things.

Just have some fun with it.
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