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When overclocking your system? what steps do you take to get a maximum but stable overclock out of your system?

I've personally just slammed up the FSB speed until my system can't run Prime95 for a long time. Should I be doing more with memory/voltages?

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The TomsHardware Overclocking forum is a good place to look for specific things on your hardware.

You will also get comparative results and suggestions from other users having similar hardware at the Overclock.net Hardware guide

Here is a more generic description with suggestions and tools.

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On my last overclocking experiment I had to juggle between low heat and higher voltage. Find out what steps others have taken with systems similar to yours.

  • In my case, I bumped up the CPU speed until there were stability problems.
  • Then I bumped up voltage until I could no longer reliably manage the heat (ie, Prime95 was pushing the CPU past temperature threshhold).
  • Then make sure you're taking care of the heat as best you can b/c I've seen a correlation between high heat and instability: good thermal paste, remove airflow obstructions, good heatsinks, HSF blowing air onto proc instead of pulling off, larger fans, etc.

I didn't have to mess w/ any memory or CAS timings in my case.

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