Overclocking AMD Phenom II X4 945

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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    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.
  2. Here's a primer:,2161.html

    I found it helpful, especially for Reference clock overclocking.
  3. Thanks guys, cant wait to try it, im gonna wait till i get a better cpu cooler and ill try it!
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