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Hi all! :) Can you advise me on my overclock?? :)

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Aug 12, 2010
Hi all members and admin :salute:

First up nice site and forums you have here, its been a while since ive overclocked anything inside my rig so before i jump in again id like to have some pro input. Ok so basically ive recently upgraded my pc, saying that it was done in stages but ive now reached a point where i am happy with it but would like to see if i can squeeze some more powah from the rig to support my gaming and such :)

My specs are below from everest: :comp:

Computer Type ACPI x64-based PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385
DirectX DirectX 11.0

CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+
Motherboard Name XFX MI-A78S-8209 (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, Gigabit LAN)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA GeForce 8200, AMD Hammer
System Memory 4096 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Kingston KTC1G-UDIMM 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2: Kingston 99U5315-043.A00LF 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM3: Kingston KTC1G-UDIMM 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM4: Kingston 99U5315-043.A00LF 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
BIOS Type AMI (09/01/08)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 (1024 MB)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 (1024 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce GT 240
Monitor AOC 2036 [20" LCD] (R039CJA001011)

Audio Adapter nVIDIA HDMI @ nVIDIA GT215 - High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Adapter Realtek ALC888/1200 @ nVIDIA MCP78 - High Definition Audio Controller

IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Storage Controller ALI7M3MO IDE Controller
Disk Drive Hitachi HDS721032CLA362 ATA Device (320 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y120L0 ATA Device (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Disk Drive SAMSUNG SP0411N ATA Device (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Optical Drive ETYNQ Q7OHIVG5230T SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 ATA Device (DVD+R9:16x, DVD-R9:12x, DVD+RW:22x/8x, DVD-RW:22x/6x, DVD-RAM:12x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 298.0 GB (59.1 GB free)
E: (NTFS) 114.5 GB (6.1 GB free)
F: (NTFS) 38193 MB (250 MB free)
Total Size 449.8 GB (65.4 GB free)

OK probably too much info there but well you can take what you wish ;) :cool:

Before i go into the overclock bit id like to know if you think it would be worth updating my chipset drivers, as this all started today with me wanting to make sure everything was up to scratch on the pc when i did gfx drivers, i found some v185.5 drivers for my mobo from may 2009, do you know if there are any more recent ones and is it worth installing them, same with updating the bios, i know sometimes updating these things can lead to problems that do not offset well against the benefits gained. :chair:

What sections on my bios would i need to change to overclock and in what stages, are there any dangers? As before when i did overclock my bios was much more simple than this one (which has many more options im unsure about) and if i did it too high the system would simply not boot, so it was fairly simple to see how high i could go. However on this bios the added features confuse me as to what i should change, id like to max out all options available to me as long as its safe..

Also can i overclock ram and such in bios?? I have never done this...(also i think i have ram set up in most efficient way but unsure) and is it worthwhile?

Same with the Graphics Card/GPU can/how would i overclock my model and once again is this advised or worthwhile???

I did some OCCT tests on my system (only for 20mins as i had to go out, was this enough time?) At present CPU1 reached 40 max temp and CPU2 reached 32 dc, GPU temps were also included quite low on average around 30 but this was not put under load, v core stayed around 1.35v...

Hope thats all info you will need i will post anymore required, heard you can sometimes get a good increase out of the amd dual cores so im interested to hear back and also the comments on my other questions..

Thanks again!

- G - :rock:



May 7, 2006
Anywhere but there
:welcome: to OCF!

Yes, reading through the AM2 thread (at least the first few posts) will get you on your way to OC'ing your system. I know there's a lot of detail there but try to trudge through as best you can. Most important go through the little testing routines. There are specific instructions on what to set and navigating around in the BIOS, getting comfortable with it, is almost as important as the tests themselves. :)

If you have questions, and most people do, post back with them and we'll try to answer. And remember "The only stupid question is the one you don't ask!" ... ;)