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Terrified New Overclocker -- Phenom II

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April 19, 2009 6:14:35 PM

I haven't actually purchased the new parts yet, I'll be running (most likely) an ASUS M4N72-E motherboard with either a Phenom II 920 or 940. I'm still mulling over my finances on that one.

I've never overclocked before, and I'm not looking to get anything more than the stock heatsink/fan that comes with the chip. I'm running a 500W power supply.

I want a system that's stable and won't overheat. I don't need to push any boundaries in terms of speed or the chip's maximum potential. I'm just wondering if there's a safe, easy way to squeeze a little more juice out of the CPU.

How far can I push either chip without getting too complicated? From the little I've understood of what I've read, I'd be willing to tinker with the multiplier, but not much else.
April 19, 2009 8:41:23 PM

ubernoob said:
I haven't actually purchased the new parts yet, I'll be running (most likely) an ASUS M4N72-E motherboard with either a Phenom II 920 or 940. I'm still mulling over my finances on that one.

I've never overclocked before, and I'm not looking to get anything more than the stock heatsink/fan that comes with the chip. I'm running a 500W power supply.

I want a system that's stable and won't overheat. I don't need to push any boundaries in terms of speed or the chip's maximum potential. I'm just wondering if there's a safe, easy way to squeeze a little more juice out of the CPU.

How far can I push either chip without getting too complicated? From the little I've understood of what I've read, I'd be willing to tinker with the multiplier, but not much else.


http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

$169 for the Phenom 2 940.

that's a big price drop for a weekend sale. Sharky just came out with their CPU price guide last week
http://www.sharkyextreme.com/guides/WCPG/article.php/38...

i don't know about OC'ing them (other than they are reported to be OC'ers) but the price is getting right.
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