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Overclocking AMD Phenom II X4 945

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September 28, 2010 1:53:50 AM

I'm running a pc I built this summer with a Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H motherboard, an AMD Phenom II X4 945 processor, 12Gb Corsair XM3 DDR3 memory, and an Diamond HD Radeon 5870 1Gb Graphics card. Do you have any advice if I decide to overclock my CPU? (Specific programs, speeds, or coolers required or needed)

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a b K Overclocking
September 28, 2010 4:25:11 AM

Read a decent guide.

Thats pretty much it, a good guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Though here is a bit of a run down:

-With the stock cooler your OC will be heavily limited from your temps.
-Your OC can be limited if running 1333MHz RAM.
-You should always monitor temps.
-You should always stress test the CPU, this means loading it up to 100% for a while to check for instability. Make your you monitor your temps while you do this an don't let them get past around 65/70. A good program is Prime95
-To check temps there is HWMonitor and Realtemp
-Use CPU-Z to monitor your system (clock speed, RAM speed, etc)

Hope that helps.
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October 5, 2010 11:04:31 PM

Thanks guys, cant wait to try it, im gonna wait till i get a better cpu cooler and ill try it!
October 25, 2010 1:02:10 AM

Best answer selected by Markfinn.