Opinions/help on my OC, Home build and RAM settings?


I am starting to really get into overclocking. It started just with seeing how far I could push the clock speed on my cpu, but now I am having fun tweaking various aspects of the system.

My current specs are listed below. I was wonder if any other enthusiasts cared to share their opinions with me regarding my RAM as this is the aspect of it I have the most confusion about.

Also, as a favour to a friend I am planning on buying a new mobo so that I can sell him my old one cheap so that he can start his own system.

I was wondering what the key things were to look out for on a new motherboard? I have decided against two PCI-e x16 slots as Hybrid Crossfire is not on my mind or price range really. I can't seem to get much higher speeds on my RAM and I know very little about the ratios between RAM and HTL/HTT? Currently the ratio is at 3:8 and the northbridge clocked at ~2600 (2610.8 to be precise).

Any information on this front would be greatly appreciated, as furthering my understanding of all this stuff would bring me great joy.

Thank you!


o/s : Win 7 64-bit
m/b : ASRock M3A785GMH/128M
cpu : AMD Phenom II x4 ~3.9 gHz
cooling : arctic freezer pro rev 2
ram : 10 GB DDR3 535 mHz (7-7-7-20)
gpu: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1 GB (sapphire edition)
HD : Samsung 1.5 TB HD154UI
Drive : TSSTcorp DVD-RW
Case : Antec 300 Case w/ front intake+top exhaust fans
mon : Acer 24" LCD
n/b : 2.610 gHz
h/b : 2 gHz
bus : 200.8
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  1. What RAM modules are you using? Why is it 10 GB thats odd? Your running DDR3 1066? I need that info to help you answer your question... Your running slow RAM so 3:8 may be optimum for your system as the ratio is the relation between the BCLK(FSB) and the RAM clock example: DDR3 1600MHz RAM= 800x2 so with a 200 MHz FSB----->FSB:RAM ratio = 1:4
  2. Two of these:

    Micron Technology
    PC3-10700 (667 MHz)

    And one of these :

    Crucial Technology
    PC3-10700 (667 MHz)

    I'm not sure what you mean by modules. I'm assuming make and specs?

    It's 10 because I upgraded from 2 gb and bought two 4 gb sticks on a deal.

    Figured ten is better than 8 no? I know they work better in pairs but an extra bit on the side surely wont detract from performance.
  3. You would be better off with 2x4GB set-up....running it the way you hve it its only running single channel....
  4. I'll try it now.
  5. Ok, so I've taken out the 2gb stick and it still says it is running in single channel mode. i oc'd the ram to 1600mHz but now the timings have shot up to 10-11-11-29?
  6. single channel sorted. but the timings seem awfully high compared to some other peoples? what are your specs?
  7. Dual channel ....just match ram bank colors.....Your stock RAM is CAS7 DDR3 1333 MHZ...So when you up the clockspeed the RAM latencies have to be compensated for...I.E. raising the timings...That is what people pay the extra money for when buying RAM....High clockspeeds and low latencies from the factory.

    BTW..your RAM which is CAS 7-->1333MHz would be equal to CAS 9 to 11-->1600 MHz

    Try 9-10-9-30

    When messing with RAM timing be prepared to reset the CMOS alot....and keep a log book
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