I'm new to overclocking. I recently built an AMD computer with an FX 4170
and ASRock 960GM U3S3 FX 760G
motherboard. FYI - I did use a cheap after-market Heatsink, but it is much better than the stock one provided by AMD.
Obviously the motherboard is not the finest, it's only ~$60 and is a 760G architecture (which I'm sure is pretty basic), but I was still able to OC the card to 4.5 (4.2 is stock) by upping the bclock. I did try 4.6, but the computer crashed during the Sisoft SANDRA test, so I backed it down to 4.5.
As to my question, which component provides the biggest impact in OCing?
**Is it the CPU that dictates how high you can go, or can the motherboard limit the amount you can OC?
**If I used a higher series motherboard (say, a 9XX series) would I be able to OC even more?
**If I were to start twiddling with the voltages (or whatever else) would I be able to OC a lot more, or would I see just a .1 or .2 increase?
Any information is greatly appreciated.