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#1 Aug 13 2010 at 11:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Failed the benchmark miserably, so I went out and bought a bit of memory (4Gb). Still didn't quite pass so I started worrying I might have to buy a new CPU.

Until I started playing in the dark corners of my Bios.

I now have my E4400 2Ghz CPU overclocked to 2.5 Ghz.

Specs:

Windows 7 64 bit
E4400 Core2Duo overclocked to 2.5Ghz (Stock cooling, clock 10 FSB 250 cores sitting about 60-70C under load 40-45 idle)
4GB DDR2 800 (Took out the 2GB of 667 I had in there so as not to slow down the new Ram)
Nvidia GTS 250 512MB

Low res score 2479
High res score 2038

So tomorrow I'm going out to buy a better cooler instead of a CPU :).

For those of you looking at upgrades, you will NOT need a supercomputer to run the game decently.
#2 Aug 13 2010 at 11:20 PM Rating: Decent
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For those of you looking at upgrades, you will NOT need a supercomputer to run the game decently.


True, but you were lucky and smart enough to overclock...someone like me, I don't know crap about overcloking and I've tried reading up on it or watching whizkids videos and honestly, the pros don't know how to explain it to the amateurs...its like someone in the Major leagues telling you its easy to hit a homerun on a 90MPH fast ball...yea, maybe, if you're an MLB star. I want to overclock so bad so I can see how high I can lift my benchmark score - its kind of sad cuz my build is much better than yours (no disrespect intended) and I only score about 2500 on high, 4400 on low. I would like to try overclocking or maybe going out and buying another GPU (btw, speaking of GPU, can we run crossfire GPU with different cards? like do I have to have two 5770s or can I run Xfire with one 5770 and one 5870 for instance?).
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#3 Aug 13 2010 at 11:36 PM Rating: Good
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Really good article for i7 overclock

http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20081220191040237&board_id=1&model=P6T+Deluxe&page=1&SLanguage=en-us

But I think you have AMD... not sure if it works the same, but it should be similar. Mikhalia should be able to confirm.

Anyway, AMD are better OC'ers than intel chips, you can get them 4+ easier than you can Intel. I hear the Phenom 955 Black Edition is a wonderful clocker and can go just as fast as anything else. Don't know much about AMD at this point.

Edited, Aug 14th 2010 1:42am by Oenos
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#4 Aug 13 2010 at 11:50 PM Rating: Good
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Oenos wrote:

Anyway, AMD are better OC'ers than intel chips, you can get them 4+ easier than you can Intel.


Blah, rubbish! All chips OC different to eachother, even same models :P Plus intel made possibly the greatest ever CPU for overclocking, the Q6600 (earlier models anyway).

Look at lifting your FSB as opposed to your clock, although going from 2 to 2.5 is probably a wise move. I like to look for that sweet spot with the FSB where its stable without requiring any voltage adjustments.

As suggested, don't do it with stock cooling. It wont cope and you'll either a) not OC as much as you can or b) bake your CPU :P
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