What is the best i can do with my current setup?

Hello all,

First off I'm new the the world of overclocking and i have messed around with it and even tryed my mobo's O.C. Genie out, i want to be able to get the most out of my computer as it possibly can. i play games such as bf3, mw3, wow, skyrim and so and so forth. Also on occasion mess with modeling software from Autodesk such as Inventor 2010, Maya, 3ds max. I've used different monitoring softwares such as cpuid/speenfan/open hardware monitor. also have msi afterburner/combustor/ Evga Precision X/ 3D MARK 11 (somewhere have) and im sure im forgetting somethings but my case with all components usually runs in my opinion cool within 30-35C range and most hottest reported was gpu at 70C on msi combustor useing extreme setting in opengl4

Specs:
Rosewill Wind Knight Case with upgraded 4 120mm 80+cfm fans and 1 140mm 80+cfm fan
amd phenom ii x4 945 3.0ghz with Zalman CNPS9900ALED 120mm Cooler with Artic Silver 5 thermal paste
MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX motherboard
2x4gb Patriot g2series ddr3 pc3 10666 timings are 9-9-9-24
evga gtx550 ti
Western Digital 250gb 7200rpm hard drive
Cooler Master GX 650w power supply
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  1. have you touched the Cpu yet? if not try setting the FSB to 267 in the bios, make sure the cpu multi is at 15, and the hyper transport/ram stay as close to stock as possible... turn LLC on (if available) and set the voltage to around 1.45V... i suggest Linx or Folding@home for stressing the CPU
  2. Ill have to try when i get home from work. but the other night using the multi of 15 i got to i think 240 on fsb and it would start fine but after awhile it would blue screen with what i believe a memory failure. but this is using pretty much auto settings and prolly is stressing the ram way too much. i was debating on getting faster speed ram but someone told me that the gains arent worth going over my current 1333 10666 ram.
  3. ^nope, i would suggest leaving ram at it's stock and saving the hassle :P
  4. alright i posted before about getting to 3.6ghz earlier but i edited it.......computer crashes when i set to 240x15 multi with my cpu voltage around 1.345....with a ERROR IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL message mind you changing my DRAM from Auto to 1333......however i noticed in 1333 mode it was still multiplying it by that value bringing it to over 1500......so i downed it lower to 1096 and computer wont start windows...... Now could that error be a voltage

    for more specific stock info i wrote down goes as followed:
    CPU is 200x15 = 3000MHz
    CPU-NB is 10x multiplier = 2000MHz
    DRAM = 1333MHz
    HT Link = 2000MHz

    Stock Ram timings of 9-9-9-24
  5. test your ram ( memtest ) and test too your HDD
  6. i downloaded some memtest thing that you install on a usb stick and it starts when it wants to....only got to run memtest once and had bunch of errors but its all a different language to me on what it means... and thats running the lower speed of 1096 to keep "close to stock" which is still way slower than 1333MHz
  7. check your timings (SPD in CPU-Z)... and set them manually
  8. I would read reviews and forum posts about overclocking that specific cpu. You should get an idea of where you can take it. Not all cpus are the same though. Start low and make your way up to where Windows crashes or fails to load and then work your way back down to stability. It takes a long time to OC the right way, but if you read up on your cpu, you can at least start with higher clocks. ITs best to stress it for a day or two to make sure you are not getting errors or crashes. I like to stress test with Folding@home smp. Make sure you are watching all of your temps while you are doing this.
  9. ok i screenshot a pic of some info based on using OC GENIE II only and this is what i got (without stress test results) and i absolutely do not trust MSI's Control Panel readings for cpu. as of right now its 3.18ghz

    http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a536/alexm1087/Computer/ocgeniereadings_zpsfc975fc4.jpg
  10. alright soo i think im on to something now and im thinking im at my cap based on temps at 3.6ghz but i ran prime95 for 8hrs on the maxpower and whatnot settings. and heres the temp results on open hardware monitor

    http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a536/alexm1087/Computer/tempsat3600mhzafterprime95_zps1ea28829.jpg

    i might try moving fans around in my case for optimum cooling due to my top fan which is techinially my exhaust for my cpu fan being alot less airflow then the rest of my fans
  11. alright just another stress test update....if i did my settings right i ran LinX at problem size of 20,000 with a memory setting of 3068 for 100 times run.....test took 4h38m27s with max temp around 63C with no errors. if theres anything im missing let me kno and any input for improvements or changes please let me know. 63C seems alittle high to be but if it was too much wouldnt it have crashed by now?

    heres a screen shot

    http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a536/alexm1087/Computer/3600mhzlinx100pass_zps71032884.jpg

    and the cpu and ram spd specs
    http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a536/alexm1087/Computer/3600specs_zps67aa7d67.jpg
  12. alexm1087 said:
    alright just another stress test update....if i did my settings right i ran LinX at problem size of 20,000 with a memory setting of 3068 for 100 times run.....test took 4h38m27s with max temp around 63C with no errors. if theres anything im missing let me kno and any input for improvements or changes please let me know. 63C seems alittle high to be but if it was too much wouldnt it have crashed by now?

    heres a screen shot

    http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a536/alexm1087/Computer/3600mhzlinx100pass_zps71032884.jpg

    and the cpu and ram spd specs
    http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a536/alexm1087/Computer/3600specs_zps67aa7d67.jpg

    :O im suprized you need that much voltage for that, for a C3 chip
  13. i was surfing around and landed on overclock.net and copied someones suggestion....ill drop voltage in a min after i post this.....that should lower my heat. and hopefully it doesnt crash
  14. alright i dropped the voltage to 1.35v cuz it was at 1.45 and dropped the temps from 63c to around 50c
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