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Noob looking for advice on mild OC E8400

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April 22, 2008 8:42:53 PM

Hello all,

I recently purchased a few components to upgrade my system. The items I purchased were a new PSU (Thermaltake Toughpower 750W W0116RU), RAM (Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664AA804 4gb kit), PROCESSOR (Intel Core 2 Duo e8400 (BX80570E8400)), MOTHERBOARD (ABIT IP35 Pro) all in a Thermaltake Tsunami Aluminum VA3000BWA case. I have zero experience with overclocking but I noticed that my board comes with this uGuru hardware/software that apparently allows you to overlock your machine from Windows itself rather than having to go through your BIOS. I'm not looking to give it a massive overclock just thought about taking it up to 3.6ghz or 4.0ghz while using the stock HSF. Is it possible to do so without having my machine run overly hot and if so how? Thanks in advance for any info you guys can give me.

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April 22, 2008 8:45:11 PM

You might get 3.6Ghz on stock, although I wouldn't recommend it.

I'd advise you to o/c from BIOS not from within windows.

The best thing to do is take small steps, stress test and monitor temps..
April 22, 2008 10:40:21 PM

With stock HSF you can go 3.6 np and no volt change but like last poster just run orthos or prime 95 for several hours each time you change but for 4.0 i would get a new cooler imo.
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April 22, 2008 10:51:50 PM

What are you doing that you need the performance increase? From the sound of it, you may not be doing anything that you need that extra performance increase. If you don't know what you are doing you probably shouldn't be doing it. If you are, read up on what settings to change, what increments to change it at, and how to test for stability. Good luck and happy overclocking!
April 22, 2008 11:04:43 PM

the software usually gives you 10%-ish "safe" overclocking. manually you can really tweak it properly and get some reliable performance.
April 22, 2008 11:38:45 PM

I agree with the others. It's always best to set the settings in the bios and run stress tests. This way you can minimize the voltage and get a stable system.
April 24, 2008 3:25:12 PM

I did this yesterday



Multiplier is 9, Bus Speed is 450. Also OC'd the RAM. Its Corsair XMS2 800 2x2 GB kit. Changed the timing from 5-5-5-18 1.8v to 5-5-5-15 1.9v to get a speed of 900-930, so I've got a 1 to 1.

That was after about 5 mins on the stress test, temp peaked at 52 degrees.
April 24, 2008 4:11:26 PM

I got my E8400 running at 3.6 GHZ, stock voltage. (1.296 on CPU-Z). Idle temps are 41C and 43C. Full load temp are 50 C each core. When i run Prime95 over 24 hours, the MAX temp registered by HWMonitor is 59C. So i run this CPU at 1600 FSB to have a 1:1 ratio with my DDR2-800. It's all smooth and i can go no further anyways since the limit of my 650i chipset is attained...
April 24, 2008 6:09:19 PM

Best thing you should do first is download some monitoring softwares such as speedfan, everest, cpuz find out your temps for your cpu just don't go over 60c at full load and you should be fine. With everest in tools you can run a Stability test make sure to run it for like 9-12hrs straight. I suggest you stay at 3.6ghz with a stock HSF until you do more research. For now just use your software to overclock it. Once you start to understand it a little its just like tuning a car on a dyno. :sol: 
April 24, 2008 11:17:01 PM

Dont know how Abit boards do,but here are mi 780i settings:

fsb: 1800
mult: 9
cpu core volt: 1.30
cpu fsb volt: 1.4
mem volt: 2.1 Dominator 800 @900mhz 4-4-4-12 SLI enabled,Linked with Sync ratio
spp volt: 1.45
mcp volt: 1.525
ht nforce spp<->mcp volt: 1.25

With RealTemp monitor,it idles 25-30 with load temp @50 running Orthos small FFTs test.
I have an Antec 900 with a Zalman 9700 cooler,and my 8800's are being water cooled so there is no heat comming from them.CPU-Z shows 4050MHZ core speed and 1.232V during Orthos test...wow..how is that possible running @ 4ghz.
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