asus m5a97 r2.0 bios questions

hi all
total n00b here so excuse the waffle
i have recently got a pc with the following specs:
cpu: amd fx6300
cpu cooler: stock
mobo: asus m5a97 r2.0
case: zalman z9+
fans: stock but 2x arctic cooling f12 on the way
graphics: msi twin frozr r9 270x
psu: thermaltake 630w berlin 80+bronze
ram: g-skill ripjaw x 8gb 2133mhz (2x 4gb)

so i have been looking in the bios, and at stock the cpu is at 3500mhz, the ram at 1600. so i put the ram to 2133 and it goes fine. if i do some auto oc tuner function, it gets the cpu to ~3800 but the ram goes down to ~1700. if i then try to up the memory to ~2000 it doesn't reboot i get a screen saying overclocking failed.
i'm not messing with anything other than auto-tuning as i dont have a clue when it comes to voltages etc.
, i'm not wanting to try to push it with a stock cooler i'd just like it a bit quicker, but its annoying me i cant get the ram up to its rated frequency and have a bit of a cpu boost.
so my question is: should i disable cool n quiet (have read it helps stability with overclocking) either fully disabled or disabled by cpu? there are 2 options for disabling it in my bios.
or is there something else making it fail the overclocking of cpu and memory together?
thanks in advance
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  1. Best answer
    Do not auto-tune, it is unstable and runs hot. Personally I disable cool n' quiet and just have my cooler run at full speed all the time, but it doesn't hurt to have it on. If you want to have your RAM at 2133, don't use the auto-tuner. Just change the multiplier on your CPU a bit.
  2. ok thanks i'll give it a go.
    also, when looking around at all the options, in the bios, and after some googling/reading on here, i noticed the ram timing settings were strange. like the first 4 lines were 11, 13, 12, 37 or something like that. my ram has on its packet pc3 17000 CL11-11-11-30 so should i manually change that? i want to get the best performance for gaming without getting too complicated (hence starting with auto-tuning)
  3. Don't mess with RAM if you don't know exactly what you're doing.
  4. ok i'll leave that page alone!
    i've just upped the cpu multiplier from 17.5 to 18.5 with a 200mhz bus speed...
    and ram set to 2133mhz...
    my cpu temp sits around 36 and m/b around 27 in bios
    do i need to stress test or anything i do to check stability?
  5. Yeah, run Prime95 and HWMonitor, though that's a very modest overclock and you can push it to maybe 19.5.
  6. ok so i ran that prime95 thing for the last 10 or so mins (is it enough if i'm only doing a small o/c?) and it was on the 3rd test (blend test) is this right? sorry i have no idea what i need to do with most of this stuff - hence coming here
    the hw monitor shows the following result:

    does that seem ok/normal? anything i need to change before trying to go up to 19.5?
  7. The blend test works, those temps are fine. Bump it up to 19.5 and run for an hour.
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