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#1 Jul 16 2010 at 12:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Need some help overclocking my cpu. I've never done it before and not sure how to proceed. I need a step by step if possible. I'm running an AMD Phenom II X4 925 @ 2.8Ghz with a GA-MA785GMT-UD2H motherboard. I want to clock at 3.5Ghz per core. Any help would be appreciated!
#2 Jul 16 2010 at 6:32 AM Rating: Good
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This sort of thing is really better left to a dedicated overclocking forum. While I've no doubt there are a fair share of posters here who are familiar with the process, it's a rather risky one if you don't know what you're doing, and the limits vary by each specific piece of hardware. It's better to ask for help in a community where everyone knows what they're talking about and you can get the most feedback possible to prevent something from going wrong.

I'm not trying to dissuade you from doing it, just saying that this isn't the best place to ask. Hardware recommendations are one thing, but potentially frying your computer is another.

To get you started, just type "overclock phenom ii x4 925" in Google and see what you get. I'm sure there are already guides for that specific model on the 'net.

Edited, Jul 16th 2010 8:33am by TraumaFox
#3 Jul 16 2010 at 6:51 AM Rating: Decent
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more specifically you might want to also add in the motherboard model into your search since thats how the overclocking will be accomplished
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#4 Jul 16 2010 at 6:52 AM Rating: Good
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Need some help overclocking my cpu. I've never done it before and not sure how to proceed. I need a step by step if possible. I'm running an AMD Phenom II X4 925 @ 2.8Ghz with a GA-MA785GMT-UD2H motherboard. I want to clock at 3.5Ghz per core. Any help would be appreciated!


Go to

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/
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http://www.ocforums.com

They have some walkthroughs and tutorials, people with similar chips etc. You will either learn how to do it or learn it's so not worth the time. Anyone can do a minor OC but anything higher like you want requires a fair bit more knowledge.

Not to mention half the time you need the correct parts.. i ran into that problem when i first started. I had to upgrade when i started and it turned out to so not be worth it lol.

Edited, Jul 16th 2010 6:52am by boriss
#5 Jul 16 2010 at 7:07 AM Rating: Good
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Try this one. Pretty detailed.

www.overclock.net official overclocking guide amd socket

Edit: Just realized you have a quad core and this is geared toward dual core. Not sure if it will make a difference.

Edited, Jul 16th 2010 9:08am by geffe
#6 Jul 16 2010 at 7:12 AM Rating: Good
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Edit: Just realized you have a quad core and this is geared toward dual core. Not sure if it will make a difference.


It will not. The general overclocking... uh.. process i guess has not changed in a long time. There have been a few more factors added such as dual/tri channel memory but otherwise it's all the same. Voltage, timings, combination of testing and priming etc.

Any decent walkthrough is good, you learn what to do and what not to do. Since most computers have auto shutoffs for temperature it's really hard to ***** stuff up on the lower oc's.
#7 Jul 16 2010 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the responses! I'll be looking into the links and post on a dedicated forum if I need additional assistance.
#8 Jul 16 2010 at 11:26 AM Rating: Decent
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hmm.
why would a overclocking be necessary?
im a noob in this
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#9 Jul 16 2010 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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Overclocking is not necessary. People simply do it to increase CPU/GPU speed, and therefore increase the performance in the game.

Advantages: Better performance

Disadvantages: Need to buy a better cooler, uses up more energy (increased electricity bill), lifetime of CPU/GPU decreased
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#10 Jul 16 2010 at 1:01 PM Rating: Decent
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hmm.
why would a overclocking be necessary?
im a noob in this


It's for 2 types of things mainly.

1) If you have an aging computer that you want to get the most life out of. OC'ing can save you a lot of money, granted the first time around IMO you do not because the time investment tweaking testing etc usually outweighs just going out and buying a new pc... but it can make the difference between FFXIV @ 15 fps or 25FPS.

2) Enthusiasts love seeing how fast their pc can go... but that doesn't apply here.

Plus the whole process can be rather fun. When you see that computer you've been sitting by doing much more then it ever did before, it's quite exciting. I remember when i first overclock my radeon 7500, i was so happy it was going faster and giving me that little boost in games.
#11 Jul 16 2010 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
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the customs pc building site have Overclocking for 10% 20% 30%
which one is most suitable for FFXIV?
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#12 Jul 16 2010 at 2:02 PM Rating: Good
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the customs pc building site have Overclocking for 10% 20% 30%
which one is most suitable for FFXIV?


Preferably you want a computer that needs no overclocking to perform well on FFXIV. Then you can OC it to increase your performance if you want to.
#13 Jul 16 2010 at 2:17 PM Rating: Good
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If you buy a computer with an i5 or i7 you owe it to yourself to overclock it. The capacity for higher speeds is a large portion of the reason why they are priced the way they are.
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