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Need help AMD Phenom 965 Overclocking

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May 8, 2012 3:11:26 AM

I am building a gaming pc and would like to get the most out of my processor.
What are some good 24/7 STABLE overclock settings for my processor?
I'm not looking for a huge overclock, but I want to squeeze a lot of juice out of this thing without melting my cpu or making my case sound like an F-16

Specs
Zalman Z9 Plus Case
MSI 6850 PE/OC edition
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
7 BLUE LED 120mm Fans
Corsair H60 with ONE 120mm fan (Push Pull when I get another fan)
4Gb (2x2gb) Wintec 1600 DDR3 Ram
Asus 970 M5A97 Motherboard
4 80gb 7200RPM HDD in RAID0
NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller
May 8, 2012 6:36:42 PM

Oddly enough, 3.8 to 4.0ghz will be just fine for awhile. I don't recall my exact multipliers, sadly, something near 18 x 220 should suffice, and at 1.4v or so.
Good luck, it's a well known CPU, you should be able to find a guide with ease :) 
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May 8, 2012 7:00:44 PM

Best to keep the ref clock at 200 and just adjust the multiplier,
try and get your voltage as low as possible as well, start at 1.3125v and work your way up
but do use the guide Muffin linked, it helped me get 4.5GHz out of the same chip
Phenom II's all use the same chip its just my 975 was binned at a slightly higher quality, same basic chip though
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May 13, 2012 5:06:37 PM

I had a 965 B4 I went to the P2 980 and then to the 2600k. The highest OC I could get out of the 965 w/o blowing up my computer was 3.9 ghz. 4 ghz just refused to be stable. Sadly I know several other 965 owners that cannot get 4 ghz with the 965 no matter how many volts they push through the CPU.

I was able to easily get 3.8 ghz at stock voltage and 3.9 with a slight bump up. Remember 4ghz was the holy grail back when the 965 was popular. If you haven't bought your components yet I would highly suggest getting the 980. I achieved a blazing 4.4 ghz effortlessly with that cpu. The 980 seems to be a MUCH BETTER overclocker than the 965. I'm almost certain it is a cherry picked silicon for sure:) 

If you stick with the 965 I think your best bet would be to set the multi to 38X and enable LLC and be done with it. The extra voltage and heat to reach 4ghz+ would not be worth it. But hey who knows you may get the best overclocking P2 the world has ever seen:)  Good luck bro
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May 13, 2012 6:45:47 PM

Trouble is all the highend PII's are pretty scarce nowadays, Bigj is right though, the higher binned chips are more solid, although as Amd chips have a ref clock of 200MHz, a x38 multi would not even boot, even if your Mobo went that high,
x19 would hit 3.8GHz for you on Amd
You should be able to get it with around 1.45v but definitely do not go over 1.55v
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May 23, 2012 6:57:56 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Trouble is all the highend PII's are pretty scarce nowadays, Bigj is right though, the higher binned chips are more solid, although as Amd chips have a ref clock of 200MHz, a x38 multi would not even boot, even if your Mobo went that high,
x19 would hit 3.8GHz for you on Amd
You should be able to get it with around 1.45v but definitely do not go over 1.55v
Moto



Your totally correct bro about the multi Lol. Nice catch. I'm so used to my 2600k now with a 100mhz Ref. that I just blurted out the X38 multi:) 
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May 23, 2012 7:10:44 AM

Hehe, no probs man :) 
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