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Phenom 9850 BE and 550W PSU

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February 15, 2010 8:27:23 PM

So I've recently been reading up about OCnig and figured that it was time for me to try out my first one. I've been reading and now that I know what I'm doing better I figured it was time to try and squeeze some more juice out of my main rig until the new hexa-core CPUs hit shelves.

My current rig has the following specs (listing everything that draws power from the PSU):

Corsair 550W PSU
Asus M4A78 Plus motherboard
Sapphire HD 4870
AMD Phenom 9850 BE
Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme (not sure if this was important or not)

As well as 4*2GB sticks of some PNY 800mhz DDR2 RAM I salvaged from an old prebuilt, 4*120mm green LED fans, and a 7200 RPM Sata drive.

Now the question I had, since I don't have a wattage meter, is do I have any room to do an OC of my Phenom with everything else that is currently drawing power?

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February 15, 2010 9:44:19 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

You have a 1st Phenom generation, that's 65nm, i think that the PSU that you have is enough for a decent OC.
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February 15, 2010 10:26:41 PM

Usually the main limitation in overclocking is the processor itself.

Since that is a Phenom 1 processor, which has limited overclocking potential. 3.2Ghz is almost guaranteed. 3.4 is pretty good and anything higher than 3.8Ghz is pretty lucky. If you're using the stock heatsink/fan, try buying an aftermarket one. Usually they're leagues ahead of the stock ones.
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February 15, 2010 11:06:09 PM

Ah, so I shouldnt worry to much about my PSU wattage then? Oh, and I'm using a Zalman CNPS9900A that my buddy gave to me for Christmas with Arctic Silver compound and my case is an Antec 300 with all the optional fans installed, so I don't think heat will be a big issue for me.
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February 16, 2010 1:43:45 AM

You are more than good, nice PSU by the way =)
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February 23, 2010 12:35:16 AM

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