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Old January 6, 2012, 08:52 AM
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Default Overclocking Info/Guidance Request

So I am building a new system and now have enough of my parts in that I will be putting it together this weekend. This is the 5th system I have built and with this one I would like to do some actual overclocking. With my previous systems I did a little "overclocking" using stuff like AMD overdrive on auto, but this time I want to properly overclock. First what I have in the new system;

CASE> Antec 900 V1 (front 2 fans and rear fan as intake, side fan and top fan as exhaust)
PSU> Enermax 1000W (older long box style I forget the model number)
MOBO> ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
CPU> AMD 980 BE
COOLER> Zalman CNPS7X (using stock cooler for first week as this is on back order)
GPU> 2X Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2G DDR5 800mhz
RAM> Corsair Vengeance LP 16G (4x4G) DDR3-1600
HD> Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm 32m cache dual proc
HD> Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm 16m cache storage drive
HD> Western Digital Enterprise Storage 500G RE4 secure back-up
OS> Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
MONITOR> 3X Acer S231HL

So since my cooler is not going to be here for another week I thought I would start with my GPUs and work on CPU/RAM second. Is this a bad idea should I wait and do CPU/RAM first or doing everything at once?

When it came to adjusting settings for a beginer like me what is better making the adjust right in the BIOS (the sabertooth is supposed to have a perfect BIOS interface for doing this) or use a program within windows?

If I use a program within windows I have looked at AMD Overdrive for the CPU/RAM and either MSI Afterburner or Sapphire TriXX. Are these good options? Since I am running Sapphire cards is it a better option to use their software?

Are there any good guides around for this that are not either focused on someone turning on a computer for the first time and bloated with unneeded bs or focused on experts expecting you to have a large amount of experience/knowledge?

I am really looking for a guide that will tell me which settings to adjust, in what increments and in what combinations with stability tests in between.

My basc knowledge has me thinking the following are the items I will be adjusting

CPU> Multiplier, FSB, Voltage
RAM> Frequency, Voltage
NB> ??
GPU> Clock speed, Shader rate, Voltage

What am I missing in that list? What items should be adjusted together and what what seperately between testing?

As you can see I basically have enough knowledge to be dangerous and that could be bad, so anything you guys can provide would truly be appreciated.

Thanks
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