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February 27, 2014 5:02:46 PM

Im considering overclocking this cpu since I just got a gtx 770 but Ive never done it.I just want to push it tas far as I can without going over the limit.Im not looking to max it out or go to far I just want it a little better.Im pretty tech savy but I want advice before I try to mess with this stuff since it seems to be very dangerous.
I have an MSI 760gm P-34 mb
AMD FX 4130 Black Edition
ultra lsp 750watt psu
8gbs of ram
GEFORCE GTX 770
I replaced the cpu cooler with a Coolmaster hyper n520
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February 28, 2014 4:58:46 AM

That motherboard isn't really built for overclocking; it has a 4+1 phases on its voltage regulator module (VRM) with no heatsink. A lot of people recommend 6+2 phases, which usually start to crop up on 970 and greater styles of AM3+ motherboards.

Here's an interesting database that has some holes in it (your motherboard is missing) but still is quite useful:
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...
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February 28, 2014 5:44:27 PM

What about this OC Genie that comes with the mb ? I never heard of it and it doesnt look like the best thing.I assume its some sort of gimmick but it claims it makes oc'ing easy and all that jive.I got amd overdrive but I dont want to mess with it yet.What about the preset profiles on the amd overdrive ? Are they safe ? Will this mb allow me to do anything safely ? Are you saying I shouldnt bither with it at all because its too risky with this mb ?
BTW Thanks for the response.
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February 28, 2014 5:47:33 PM

I looked at your link but I honestly dont know what that means.I know what a heatsink is to some extent but Ive never overclocked a cpu,only a gpu.Does this mean its out of the question ?
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February 28, 2014 6:52:19 PM

Back from work.

Overclocking a CPU requires power. The VRM filters and controls the energy going to your processor, so when overclocking you want one that has pretty hefty control. (More phases = better control.) More energy also naturally means more heat, so if you don't have heatsinks (or another way of cooling the VRM) then you will be limiting your stability and possibly damaging your board.

So, long story short, I wouldn't overclock.

If you still plan on overclocking, I would keep your maximum voltages at stock, and adjust your multiplier as high as it will go with stock voltages. I'd call it good there, as doing that is risky enough.
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March 1, 2014 10:40:57 PM

Calculatron said:
Back from work.

Overclocking a CPU requires power. The VRM filters and controls the energy going to your processor, so when overclocking you want one that has pretty hefty control. (More phases = better control.) More energy also naturally means more heat, so if you don't have heatsinks (or another way of cooling the VRM) then you will be limiting your stability and possibly damaging your board.

So, long story short, I wouldn't overclock.

If you still plan on overclocking, I would keep your maximum voltages at stock, and adjust your multiplier as high as it will go with stock voltages. I'd call it good there, as doing that is risky enough.


How do I safely do the method your are talking about with amd overdrive ? and if I succced how do I check to see if its stable and not overheating ? Im gonna take your advice and leave the voltage alone since I dont want to screw up my pc but I would like to try what you recommended about the multiplier.
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March 1, 2014 10:49:57 PM

I forgot to mention the fx part in my motherboard.I dont know if that makes a difference.
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March 2, 2014 8:15:21 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MckeAmnDeTk

Ever BIOS is different, expect to do some hunting because certain features/terms are named differently. You should be able to extrapolate from this, though.

Short version: You'll have to turn off all power-saving features (to eliminate variables and ensure stability) and manually set your motherboard settings. Once that is accomplished, you may slowly work up your multiplier (ignore the CPU Bus Frequency; it's easier) until you start to hit instability.

Use Prime95 to run stress tests. HWMonitor should be good enough for monitoring your CPU Socket and CPU Core Temperatures.

Yes, you will want to incrementally bump up your multiplier a bit at a time, and run stability tests after each bump. I would start with 15 minute stress tests, and go up from there. Honestly, achieving a reliable, stable overclock can be time consuming. I've run multiple 8-hour tests before, and discovered that on the third one I hit a small patch of instability. I could still play games and everything just fine, never had any lock-ups, but Prime95 still could give me issues.
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March 3, 2014 2:03:52 PM

Thanks for all your help.I was concerned about what you call instability.Will my pc turn off and then not boot ? When you say its instable does that mean I cant undo the changes because my pc will be screwed up ? I oc'd my old gpu and I really didnt notice a difference at all.So I gave up on that to extend the life of it.What if I got it to 4.0 or 4.2 ? Would the improvement be worth the shortened life of the cpu ? Would I even notice a difference? Ive seen people take these things to 4.7 .That seems like a ton.
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March 3, 2014 6:44:58 PM

Major instability would be blue screens of death, and possible need to reset the CMOS. Minor instability might be random reboots, or just random warnings from Prime95 during a stress test.

As for life expectancy, as long as you stay within the recommended parameters, you should be good. Especially when it comes to voltage. As a rule of thumb, though, for every 10C hotter or colder a transistor is, you either half or double its lifespan - and CPUs are made up of billions of transistors.
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March 4, 2014 4:10:23 PM

Im not comfortable doing this on my current mb.I just dont feel like the benefits would out way the risks.If your saying my computer could die during stress tests that is not something I want to risk.What kinda of motherboard should I look to get if I want to upgrade it for overclocking ? I want one that would support my current cpu and maybe the best amd cpu that I can get in the future.(eight core or something comparable to a good intel cpu)
I dont know what to check for when looking .Is it am3/am3+ ? I really have no idea.
Thanks a lot for your help!!!!!!!
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March 4, 2014 11:01:06 PM

Socket AM3+, and some variant and brand of a 990 chipset will get you the best AMD has to offer for the next year or so.
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