I was going to post the old sticky for this section, but sadly it's still not whole as far as a tutorial goes. We can do a step by step instead of sending you away from MPC, no problems. We've been overclocking before those other sites' owners got out of Pampers!
Let's start with the basic info of what we're working with:
- Motherboard (+ Bios version)
- CPU (CPUz Screen shot would be nice, but not needed)
- Memory (P/N is optional, but again nice to know)
Also get some basic info tools and benchmarks. We'll both want to share screen shots of information since getting BIOS shots can be iffy. Also, a basic benchmark can be a quick way to know if you're making improvements in performance or if it's starting to net only small gains. At some point, an OC just starts to level off as far as performance goes and going any further shows minimal gains while needlessly stressing hardware.
I also like benchmarks that matter to me
; not what other's feel are important. On one computer, I may want to focus on Cinebench
to watch rendering ability while noting SuperPi
times. While on another machine, I may only at SysMark
and a stopwatch. For games, I also like benching for specific games I will actually play a lot. I've played Crysis for about 1hr total, so that bench tells me very little now days.
(Where I find the games I play should be above 35fps, I seldom OC video cards as nothing actually improves. However, OC'ing for applications rewards me with actual quicker times to do stuff. Just my viewpoint. So what's important for you and what do you want to improve?)
I do have to say those figures seem about right, but obviously they didn't stick...and shouldn't. You may wonder why they lowered the multiplier one notch, right? That's why "Baby Steps" as Wiked_smart has stated has been a great mantra of OC'ing in MPC/Forums (hey, I was watching "What about Bob" and it just felt logical to translate it's theme for overclocking!)
. Punching in any numbers we have gotten to successfully may not work for any random reader running through here, so walking up to your own settings is the best. Just too many variables to say all hardware, even built with the exact same parts, can do the same thing. If there's .1% variance in parts binning, then as all the parts are tossed together you can easily end up with 1.0% variance...so one errant setting could be a bit too aggressive or loose and just not work. I relate it to an engine: I can take one apart, put it right back together, and gain a few horsepower/lbs of torque due to more strict tolerances. Same with OC'ing.
So let's get to it, shall we?