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New to overclocking and PC stuff and I want to overclock my FX 8320

I built this PC three years ago and I have

FX 8320 3.5ghz
crosshair formula v z (I got this one cheap new, so no regrets)
8gb ram
7790 1gb (actually but I already have my rx 480 here)
and a GX II 750w psu

And I was wondering, I was about to get a cooler master evo 212 and overclock my cpu to 4.0ghz because I think that could help the rx 480.. anyone knows how much it will help? also I have been looking and seems like I can run 4.0ghz with the stock voltage (at least that happens in most cases) is that true?
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    The 8320 does overclock pretty well. It does usually reach 4.0 with adequate cooling, which the Hyper 212 should be able to do.

    As for instructions, I'd Google to find an appropriate guide. The main idea is to increase clocks until you get errors, then try to increase voltage to get more stability, and then repeat until the temperatures become your limit. If you're not willing to mess with voltages, you are usually still able to get a few MHz out of the chip at stock voltage.
  2. Epsilon_0EVP said:
    The 8320 does overclock pretty well. It does usually reach 4.0 with adequate cooling, which the Hyper 212 should be able to do.

    As for instructions, I'd Google to find an appropriate guide. The main idea is to increase clocks until you get errors, then try to increase voltage to get more stability, and then repeat until the temperatures become your limit. If you're not willing to mess with voltages, you are usually still able to get a few MHz out of the chip at stock voltage.


    I saw this video and I thought it would be that easy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC9ALZ_gm-0
  3. Unfortunately, I can't watch videos right now, but it is fairly simple. Then BIOS in most modern motherboards are well designed to make this a fairly easy task, specially if you plan to use stock clocks. Some even have automatic overclocking tools, although these don't usually work as well as a manual tuning.
  4. Epsilon_0EVP said:
    Unfortunately, I can't watch videos right now, but it is fairly simple. Then BIOS in most modern motherboards are well designed to make this a fairly easy task, specially if you plan to use stock clocks. Some even have automatic overclocking tools, although these don't usually work as well as a manual tuning.


    Yeah I was considering using the automatic overclock I think is called ''CPU level up'' but that might be a bad idea, right?
  5. Yes, they tend to apply more voltage than is necessary. Not enough to fry the CPU by any means, but it means higher temperatures and less longevity. I'd just recommend looking for a "CPU Multiplier" setting and trying to see how high that can go. x40 should be reasonable, and you might be able to push a bit more with some luck.
  6. Epsilon_0EVP said:
    Yes, they tend to apply more voltage than is necessary. Not enough to fry the CPU by any means, but it means higher temperatures and less longevity. I'd just recommend looking for a "CPU Multiplier" setting and trying to see how high that can go. x40 should be reasonable, and you might be able to push a bit more with some luck.


    Like it shows in the video that you said you cant watch right now, what he did was disable AMD turbo core and move the CPU ratio from 17.5 to 20 and thats what I was planning to do and do the stress tests
  7. Sounds about right. I forgot it's recommended to disable Turbo Core; I haven't had a chance to personally OC an AM3 CPU yet.
  8. Epsilon_0EVP said:
    Sounds about right. I forgot it's recommended to disable Turbo Core; I haven't had a chance to personally OC an AM3 CPU yet.


    Thank you for your time
  9. No problem. Glad to help!
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