Any overclocking pros out there?

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone here knows how to overclock a system. I’ve read a few articles on overclocking but I still am not sure exactly of what to adjust on my system.

Here are my specs:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Edition
Motherboard: ALiveNF7G-FullHD R3.0 nForce 630A chipset
CPU: Phenom 9850 2.5GHz Black Edition
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR2 1066
HDD: 160GB
Graphics: Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit
Power Supply: EarthWatts EA 500 watt

The case is generic and I suppose it has decent ventilation. There is no water cooling or anything like that. The heat sink is the stock one.

Also, the memory that is pictured below will be removed and upgraded to what is listed in the specs above. I’m not sure if this affects overclocking but it will be changed as soon as it arrives in the mail.

Here are some screenshots…

Screenshots of the bios:

Here’s after changing “Multiplier/Voltage Change” to “Manual.” Maybe this is where I need to change something? I’m not sure what to adjust.

Overclocking is a ‘try it and see’ venture. You and I could have the exact same CPU (serial numbers 1 & 2) on the same mainboard, with the same RAM, etc, and still you might get a stable 20% boost while mine gets unstable above 5%. Just no way of knowing until you try.

Usually, but not to be depended upon, the mainboard will either not boot or shut down if you’ve changed things such that heat becomes a problem.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to figure out how to manually reset the BIOS back to default settings. This usually involves moving a jumper on the board and booting.

Go slow, make small changes, then see if the change improves or hinders performance. Keep notes in case you push it too far and have to reset.

Focus on one setting, or you won’t know what worked and what tanked the board.

Patience and a willingness to watch your computer POST over and over and over again are requirements.

Yeah, I think it’s out of the question for me now. Just did a stress test and my core temps were up to 65C.

Thanks for the reply! :slight_smile: