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Can I safely overclock my FX-8320 to 4.0GhZ?

I've been considering overclocking my 8320 to 4.0GhZ because I've read in a few places that it will get you similar performance to an 8350. Before I overclock, I just wanna confirm if my system is good for overclocking or not. Here are my specs:

GPU: AMD Sapphire Pulse RX 560 4GB
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GhZ boost to 4.0GhZ
MOBO: GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P rev. 1
RAM: 20gb of DDR3 (I think it's 1600MhZ), 2 8gb sticks, 1 4gb stick (had extra RAM laying around)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 700W Bronze
OS: Windows 10 (Creator's Update) 64-bit

I watched a few videos and I know a few things

1. You must enable CPU Unlock
2. Disable "Core Turbo Boost"
3. Set CPU Frequency to x20

I tried to do this a few days ago, but my system took two attempts to boot after overclocking. Not sure if it is a PSU problem or a motherboard problem. I heard my motherboard isn't good for overclocking. Thanks in advance!
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  1. You need to boost up cpu core voltage. do you see that option in BIOS?
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  2. vapour said:
    You need to boost up cpu core voltage. do you see that option in BIOS?


    I can't find one specifically called that. Here is what I have "CPU VCORE", is that it?
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  3. Yes, CPU Vcore is the CPU voltage.
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  4. Shektron said:
    Yes, CPU Vcore is the CPU voltage.


    Okay, it is currently set to "Auto". What should I set it as?
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  5. Yes, slowly increase the voltage, what does it show as the current voltage? I suggest plus 0.05 everytime and boot until it boots.

    Use AIDA64/real bench/prime 95 to stress your system to see if it stabilizes. If not, increase voltage a little bit and retry. It takes time, bro, good luck :)
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  6. The voltage is set at auto and I don't want to mess around with it because I'm new to overclocking and don't want to fry anything in my PC. Another thing is, I just tried to overclock to 3.8Ghz with disabled CPB and Unlock enabled without touching voltage, and my PC still takes two attempts to boot up. If someone knows the base voltage for the FX-8320 I would appreciate if you told me so I can try overclocking.
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  7. If you don't want to touch the voltages, I'm afraid you can't hit 4.0 GHz - the target can only be hit with some additional voltage. If you do it right and you do it slow, you will not fry anything, as long as you don't exceed the limit, i.e., 1.45 V, 1.5 V if you're on good cooling. As long as you're under that voltage, you probably won't fry anything. Overclocking is a slow process, you need to be patient. Just take slow steps and always keep an eye on voltage and temperatures, and you'll be fine :).
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  8. You will need extra voltage, it is like you need to feed the horse more for it to run further :)
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  9. Okay guys thanks for all the suggestions! I will try this now. Wish me luck! :P
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  10. MrPandaPasta said:
    Okay guys thanks for all the suggestions! I will try this now. Wish me luck! :P


    I suggest u start with lower target, and monitor your CPU temp closely. Ideally keep it below 85 degree. 3.8 GHz should be fine for you :) Higher depends on your limit on CPU temp. GL
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  11. You can also download AMD OverDrive and do the overclocking with that software. It also has a stability test you can run after adjusting the settings.
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  12. mjslakeridge said:
    You can also download AMD OverDrive and do the overclocking with that software. It also has a stability test you can run after adjusting the settings.


    I could be wrong, but software OCing tends to over power CPU... Manual can be stable and fun
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  13. Okay I tried it and it worked but I'm still kinda iffy about it. I'm having the same problem where my PC takes multiple attempts to boot when I OC. I OC'd to 3.8Ghz and added up to +0.075V to my CPU. Am I doing something wrong? I just don't want my PC taking 2+ attempts to start up.
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  14. I got my FX 6300 to run stable at 4.1Ghz, by adjusting the multiplier to 19.0, the Voltage to 1.413 and the HT to 216.5 within AMD Overdrive. I have since put it back to stock (3.5Ghz) because I don't need any overclock for what I use the computer for.
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  15. MrPandaPasta said:
    Okay I tried it and it worked but I'm still kinda iffy about it. I'm having the same problem where my PC takes multiple attempts to boot when I OC. I OC'd to 3.8Ghz and added up to +0.075V to my CPU. Am I doing something wrong? I just don't want my PC taking 2+ attempts to start up.


    It means voltage is not high enough to keep it stable. Add 0.1 to the base voltage instead of 0.075 and try again. What is your base voltage btw?
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  16. It's not telling me my base voltage for some reason, I guess because my MOBO is too basic for OCing but whatever, all it let's me do is overvolt with "+" or undervolt with "-" in increments of 0.025.
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  17. Check it in CPU-Z
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  18. Ok just validated in CPU-Z and it says that the VCore is 1.38V
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  19. Cool, as long as you stay below 1.45v, you should be fine :)
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  20. Weird then, because before I tried added +0.075 volts (which is 1.455V judging by the given Vcore) and it still took multiple attempts to reboot. Any idea why?
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  21. Try something less than 4.0 GHz, like 3.8, see if it stabilizes. Multiple attempt means voltage is not enough
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  22. Best answer
    Overclocking wil ltake you a lot of hours. So better pick a free day for it. Try to pick 4.0ghz, than increase your voltage with 0.025v step untill youll get your system working stable w/o BSoD and random freezes/stutters (do not afraid to get BSoD multiple times while you finding your voltage, its okayish;the result shoudl be smthn like 1.4-1.45v, maybe even 1.5, but not more than 1.6v; also, the less = the better, but only if your system works stable).
    Also you shoudl think about memory and northbridge overclock.
    I can recommend you a great vid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdRUpaPfBpk), but it uses russian language :c
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