I am completely new to overclocking, but wanted to give it a shot. Would anyone be willing to assist me? I built my rig about a year and a half ago, and as with all my previous builds, I typically leave all hardware at their default specs. I'd like to squeeze a bit more juice out of this one before moving on to a brand new PC entirely. Here are my specs:
I've read that the E8400 can be fairly easily pushed to 3.6-3.8 GHz without many problems, but I have no experience with this, and didn't want to screw anything up. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated...
Ok, I've read the guide posted above a couple of times, along with several other guides, posts, and various tidbits related to this project. So, I decided to dive in and check things out, but I would appreciate some input on what direction to take next.
All I've done so far is increase FSB speeds in small increments, and loaded into windows after each one. Right now I'm sitting at 4.0GHz (which I'm happy with, for now), and everything appears to be stable. My temps are within norms so far, 36-38°C idle and ~55°C load. I left voltage on auto, and it is at 1.312V. I left memory linked to FSB and auto settings as well, but I noticed my timings increased to 5-7-7-24.
So I guess my next question would be should I attempt to stress test using Prime95, or attempt to set my memory timings to 5-5-5-15? Also, should I manually set my voltage to 1.312V, or leave it on auto?