Overclocking athlon II X3 425

hi, by the title you can probably tell I am wanting to overclock my athlon II X3 425. As unlocking isn't an option (unstable) I decided to overclock it. I have overclocked it a little (3.2 ghz) but I would like to overclock it more. The temperatures on the cores are low (on cold days sometimes idle around 20 C, hot days idle at around 30-40 with the fan on at 12%) The voltage is currently set to auto (hits 1.336 when usin OCCT). if I try to overclock it more it crashes, and my motherboard says that any voltage above 1.339 is not recommended, so I haven't gone above that.

MSI 770T-C45 mobo
AMD Athlon II X3 425
ECS geforce 9800 gt graphics card (512 mb)
5120 MB ram
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Overclocking by Buwish
  2. you sure your RAM dividers are set correctly? Are you running your RAM in dual channel? 2gb/512mb/2gb/512mb? If not, how did you get 5120 MB of RAM?

    This matters when overclocking.. Maybe relax your timings on your ram too, and specify the volts going to ur cpu so it doesn't go over what you said. of course, the lwoer the better but you want it stable
  3. So is it safe to go over 1.339 volts if I have to? even though my motherboard says "not recommended".
    If so, than what is the highest I should go with my cpu?
  4. just to clear things up it doesnt instantly crash if i overclock more, just on cpu intensive stuff
  5. What are your load temps w/occt ? Stock HSF ? Max temp according to amd is 73c http://products.amd.com/en-gb/DesktopCPUDetail.aspx?id=612

    What is your ram configuration ? Maybe go 4g with just two sticks if that's what you have and set proper timings and voltage.

    The chip can take over 1.5v with good cooling. Don't be afraid to give it 1.4v, just watch your temps ! Pull the plug if it gets up over 62c or so.
  6. with occt temps never hit above 45 C
    it was an OEM cpu, so I had to get an aftermarket cooler (rosewill cooler with the included silicone thermal paste) EDIT: heres the link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200056&cm_re=rosewill_heatsink-_-35-200-056-_-Product

    ill try increasing the voltage, and see what happens

    Oh and is there a faster way to increase voltage with my motherboards bios (8.60, latest version), it wont let me type it, so I have to hit the plus button over and over again (only goes up .001 volts every time I hit the plus button)
  7. Some mobos allow you to hit enter and scroll up and down with your arrow keys for the voltage
  8. ok i overclocked to 3.4 GHz at 1.4-ish volts, but prime 95 and occt give me an error on the second core, than I get a blue screen, can this be solved by raising the voltage?

    EDIT: works fine at 3.3 Ghz, with 1.35ish volts though....
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