Overclocking an 8350

I recently built my first PC. The specs are as follows:


Thermaltake water 2.0 performer

Gigabyte 990fxa-UD3 MB

Kingston Hyper X 8gb ram @ 1600 mhz

HAF 912 case

Gigabyte Radeon 7950

250 GB Western Digital Hard Drive (I will upgrade in the future) 

Windows 7 Home Premium

My issue is that I want to overclock. I was successfully able to get my GPU to 1150 mhz and 1400 mhz memory, but now I want to overclock my CPU as well. I went to my motherboard's BIOS, but both the multiplier and voltage are locked. I tried to use AMD overdrive to overclock the CPU through windows, but I was only able to successfully acheive 4.3 Ghz before my system crashed. I'm now getting high idle temps, around 31-32 degrees. I only want a moderate overclock, around 4.6-4.7 Ghz. What should I do? I'm a little worried about the high idle temps, but I specifically got a water cooler for overclocking.


With that cooler im surprised you are getting idle temps that low anyway!

The multiplier and the voltage shouldn't be locked down, I'd go check in the bios again.

Within the MB Intelligent Tweaker (in bios) just set all the settings from [Auto] to [Manual] and you should get all the settings you require.

- zanginator

Yea I agree, I'm actually rather impressed you get such a low idle Temp with that cooler. =P

Really? Is the cooler that bad? what do you suggest I invest in?

If I remember right that cooler can't keep an i7 3770k at stock frequencies below 70c when loaded. The 3770K produces way less heat than the 8350 as well.

If you serious about overclocking, a custom watercooling loop is the way to go.

I don't know. I'm only a sophomore in high school, so I don't really have the time or funds for a decent custom loop. Any closed-loop solutions?

the NZXT kraken or Corsair H100i will get you by with a decent overclock, as long as you don't mind the chip possibly getting hot.

Ok thanks, you've been a big help. I should have joined this website before I did my build......