So I'm relatively new to the world of overclocking (as will become apparent, no doubt). I recently picked up an MSI Radeon 7950 gfx card, and an Antec 750W PSU. I've got an ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 mobo and an Athlon II X4 640 processor. I used the auto overclocking function on my BIOS (probably my first mistake) which claims to OC my CPU to a stable 3.4MHz (CPU-Z confirmed this figure); I've also OC'ed my GPU up to about 90% usage but don't know how to get it any higher.
I ran a test on Heaven with this set up. All the settings on Heaven were ramped up to the max and I got a score of 834, and an average FPS of about 34. I then started playing Assassin's Creed 3 and within about 30 seconds got a BSOD and an error saying my CPU had overheated (no surprises there).
For someone who's recently acquired a new graphics card I'm seeing very little improvement in terms of FPS so I'm certain there's a problem somewhere, but where?
OK thanks for all the suggestions. However, just to clarify: how hard do you think my CPU is bottlenecking my GPU? Because like I said I didn't think that would happen, and I'm not really seeing too much of an increase in graphics performance from the GPU upgrade. I thought I would have at least noticed something...
Ha buddy.. if you think being a OC enthusiast is cheap... you might should have just gotten a console... Your gonna be bottleneckd. Its take a Mobo upgrade and a CPU upgrade to get even with your CPU... But as the others said a good CPU cooler will help but your still gonna be bottlenecked by the Athlon.. I'd recommend you up to a Phenom II 965 if you can find one. OC on your board you have and get a CPU cooler and you should be set to go.