Overclocking a E5200

Hi there,

I recently bought a HD5770, i'm very happy about it and it performs well.
But I believe my CPU is bottlenecking the card, so I want to overclock my E5200 @2.5Ghz to 3Ghz or maybe even 3.2Ghz.
Can someone explain step by step how I should do it, like the settings of the FSB and multiplier, and if it would be safe on my computer.
Kinda new at this I never overclocked before.
I have a Corsair 450W.
The stock cooler on the E5200.
And this motherboard:
http://www.digiconcepts.com/msi_motherboards_164.htm


Greets :hello:
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  1. Somebody can help please ?
  2. This should be your first stop.
    HOWTO: Overclock C2Q (Quads) and C2D (Duals) - Guide v1.6.1
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/240001-29-howto-overclock-quads-duals-guide

    Next stop should be a guide for your particular motherboard. Google is your friend.

    Go through the guides. Then take your core voltage off Auto and set your memory voltage to factory recommended values. Change the System Memory Multiplier (or whatever your BIOS calls it) from AUTO to 2.00, 2.00B, or 2.00D - whichever you need to set the Memory Frequency to twice the FSB. Then when you increase the FSB, the memory clock will rise in in proportion with it. At an FSB of 200 MHz, your memory clock should be at 400 MHz.

    Download CPU-Z to check your FSB:RAM ratio. It should be a 1:1 ratio.

    For a serious overclock, you will need better than stock cooling. Here are three under $50 heatsinks that are pretty popular:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    Sunbeam
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
    Xigmatec Dark Knight
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    They all require a somewhat different approach to applying thermal compound.
    Suggestions for applying thermal compound:
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=170&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=5

    And they are pretty large, so they might not fit inside your case.

    Now, you start the "increase FSB, test, monitor temps" cycle.

    You should keep your core voltage under 1.3625 volts and your core temps under 70 C.
  3. Thank you very much ;D
  4. +1 for JSC. Those are all good coolers.
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