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Weatherlite

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Hi everyone! I know sometimes it sucks to see a new member post a "what do you think of this?" thread when they only have a couple posts under their belt, but I'm not here JUST for that. As I said in my intro post, my old "home" has pretty much withered away so I'll be spending my time here now. :)


Anyway, I've been happy with my last build and am still ok with it even though it's well over two years old. Hey, it does what I want it to. So, like many people, I had to re-educate myself recently when my I built my son a new rig. I know I compromised on a few things and many claim there are better alternatives for similar prices, but he's not a hardcore gamer and really wouldn't notice the difference between the options I had. The problem is, some of the things just don't seem right, and I think part of it is I'm just ignorant. hehe The other part is probably along the lines of I just don't understand all of the techno-speak these days. For example, I just read the other day that CPU-Z will show his DDR3-1333 memory as 667MHz, not as 1333. A bit confusing if you ask me! lol

So, i was hoping you gurus might help me understand what I'm seeing when I check his setup and help me set the parameters where they need to be. Here is the build sheet with some specs and I'll post screenshots below:

OS: Windows 7 64 Home Edition

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3
FSB: max 2600 MHz (though it comes set at 200)
Mem: up to 16GB DDR3 1800/1333/1066
Turned off Cool-n-Quiet, left multiplier, FSB, and voltages, etc alone (set to auto on multiplier)

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Black Edition
Multiplier set to auto-supposed to be 3.6GHz w/o overclocking and it's running around 3.71 when the only thing I have done is turn off Cool-n-Quiet.

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 w/120mm fan...MX-2 paste applied during install

Memory: 8GB (4GB x 2) PNY Optima 1333 w/heat spreaders
Cas Latenecy: 9

Video: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB. This is the factory OC version with a "Twin Frozr II" heatsink/fan setup pre-installed.
Core Clock: 850MHz stock, 875 in this trim. Using the OC utility I was able to OC it stable all the way up to 995MHz, though I don't think I would ever need to push it that high. Set to 945MHz right now.
Memory Clock: 1200MHz
1GB, 128 bit, DX-11

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO650W...there is a bit of conflicting info but after speaking with tech support, this is rated at 650W continuous and about 850W Max.
Single Rail
3.3V- 25A
5V- 25A
12V- 53A
-12V- .5A
5VSB-3A

Still reading? Good! lol So I guess the first question is why is my processor running at ~3.71GHz when I have the multiplier set to auto and have not touched the FSB or voltage? It was running at 1.4GHz but then I realized it was in reduced power mode due to Cool-n-Quiet. Second, is my memory good to go even though CPU-Z shows it as 667MHz? I know what I read says it is but I just wanted a second opinion. Third, his video card shows slow core and mem clocks...something like 157 core and 300 mem. I'm assuming this is some sort of built-in function similar to cool-n-quiet? It does rise when I run something graphics intensive so I think it's all good.

Thoughts? Also, what are your recommendations for his setup? Do I leave the FSB alone? And if so, what's the point of having a MB capable of 2600MHz when it comes set at 200??? I do plan on overclocking his CPU. That cooler should be sufficient enough to get some decent and stable numbers I'm hoping. I've seen reports of stable at 4.2-4.4 with the stock cooler. Not really planning on messing with the memory unless there's something that you guys feel should be tweaked.

Oh, I left out the rest of the info (HDD, case fans, etc) because I'm not too concerned with that as I actually know what I'm doing in that case. I hope. LOL!

Thanks for any info and advice guys!

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Weatherlite

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DDR - double data rate. 800Mhz is 1600Mhz. 667 is 1333, and so on. Multiply it by 2.

Yeah, that's what the site I read it on said as well, just seems weird that CPU-Z wouldn't automatically compensate and multiply it by two in order to show what you have. Just makes it a bit confusing to folks like me who are re-learning this stuff. lol

Anyone have any inputs on the rest? Does it all look good and make sense? Should I tweak anything?
 
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Weatherlite

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You're in the wrong forum if you want comments on your CPU OC. Go to the AMD CPU section.

Nope, not what I'm asking. Maybe I didn't phrase the questions right. Let's see...

So I guess the first question is why is my processor running at ~3.71GHz when I have the multiplier set to auto and have not touched the FSB or voltage?

Can't think of a way to rephrase that to make more sense. Two other questions were confirmed by your first reply, thank you BTW :) , and through more research on my part.

Other things not touched upon yet though, are....

Thoughts? Also, what are your recommendations for his setup? Do I leave the FSB alone? And if so, what's the point of having a MB capable of 2600MHz when it comes set at 200???

That is not a "Hey, what should I do to overclock his system" question. When it comes time I will follow the tried and true steps which I have read about here and other sites about stepping up multipliers, voltage, etc to find a stable OC. What I meant with the above quote is, what are your general thoughts on all of this? I know bumping the FSB will OC, but what about my follow-up of what's the point of having a MB capable of 2600 when I haven't even heard of anyone going above 300?