Hi friends, I set up my budget system in April this year. For all this time I've been trying some OC. I'll share the results today.
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440, C3 stepping, based on Deneb. Unlocked the L3. Highest OC within 72degrees Celsius-- 250X14 MHz @ 1.2875V, NB 2500 MHz @ 1.1875V, loadline calibration auto. Now running with PhenomMsrTweaker with the following settings: P0-- Multi 14, 1.325V/1.1875V. P1-- Multi 12, 1.175V/1.1875V. P2-- Multi 8, 0.95V/1.1875V. P3-- Multi 4, 0.7875V/1.1875V. HT link 250 MHz. P0 is currently locked from AMD VISION Engine Control Center due to temperature issues, so running at stock speed now.
I know. But well then, should I buy a $20 cooler (hyper tx3, say) for a $68 cpu? had I unlocked a stable 4th core I'd certainly have bought one. The L3 isn't worth much. I'm experimenting with it, though.
I've recently found some drawbacks of using lower multi. I'll discuss it in a new thread after I jot down my findings.