Overclocking an AMD Phenom x4 965

thedudes1120

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Do you guys think i might be able to overclock my CPU with this rig?

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
 

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Stock coolers aren't really made for overclocking, they are there to sustain temps for factory clocks. I would recommend spending 20 bucks on an aftermarket cooler, and enjoy the safety and piece of mind it will add.
 

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You're welcome, enjoy your 6850, it can be pushed pretty well also. I would check out MSI afterburner for setting up your fan speed profile, and pushing your core clock and memory. Though I haven't had a lot of success with memory clocks, your core can be pushed farther than the crossfire 6870's I have from what I've read.

Pick a best answer, and cheers mate, enjoy your tower!
 


I'm yea... "just about 1GHz" is a huge number. Especially without some serious cooling. Why even bother with a midrange gpu
 

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Budget is the usual response for going with a mid-range GPU. I have experienced large gains in the newer games with a quicker processor, with them seemingly putting more usage on the CPU for many things.
 

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I want to get more bang for my buck especially when my MB support overclocking and also, ive heard you can go pretty far with just your stock CPU fan but with the proper air flow through your case.
 

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