Just built my PC and everything went swimmingly so far. Current build is
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRLtel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
LIAN LI PC-K62R1 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Now I know my ram timings are lower then advertised and that can be tweaked. And I suspect I can boost my CPU to something higher then 2.8ghz. Im utterly unknowing with OCing though and am unsure if old guides are a good place to start. I dont have plans to make a monster of my system, simply give small preformance tweaks to slightly.. buff my system up safely. If I could get timings down from 8-9-9-24(Atleast as shown when looking at the gigabyte ET6 program) to closer to what the RAM was advertised and bring the 2.8 up to maybe 3.0? Id be happy.
Again, I have little to no knowledge so I implore the help of everyone else to bring me into this OC world.
start with the threads in the overclocking section..
so the 1055t isn't a black edition cpu which means you can't raise the multiplier to get overclocks..
you're gonna have to raise the FSB.. when increasing the FSB, this increases the HT link and the HTT.. DON'T want to hit above 2000 for that but want it closer to 2000 than not..
also gonna have to mess with the RAM multiplier.. your ram probably has a xmp or jedec profile on it.. read that data off of the program cpu-z and see which settings you can run for that RAM.. pretty sure in order to hit 1600, you're gonna have to overclock your ram and feed it some volts or loosen the timings..
read your gigabyte manual (found it MUCH better than DFI or ASUS's manuals!) Helped since I never overclocked on a gigabyte board til not long ago for my gf's athlon x3 440 from 3.0 to 3.6 on stock volts..
basically, UP FSB, CHANGE HT link so that HTT stays below 2000 (but not something much lower like 1500 or lower it possible) and CHANGE RAM MULTIPLIER..
also, you'll probably want to set your RAM timings manually
If you only want to get to 3GHz I am sure you can most likely just raise the FSB to 214 and set your memory to what it should be and it should work. If you want to overclock further get an after market cooler.