Cool write up.
Thanks, its seems to have turned into a blog rather than lots of people offering help and advice, but that doesn't bother me too much as it might help other people and its not like SPCR forums are overflowing with overclocking enthusiasts.
Since your temps are so low, why don't you bump the voltages as high as you're willing to go, and then up the clocks as high as it will go without crashing...
How about bumping the memory voltage a bit too ? That might help the bus stability no ?
That is my main problem, I don't really know what is safe and what is not, different overclocking enthusiasts say all sorts of different things. Voltage is my main concern, a simple overclock is not likely to cause any damage to the CPU, voltage increases are far more likely to do damage, the same goes for the motherboard and RAM.
The RAM in particular is an odditiy, as far as I can tell its not easy to get an AMD CPU to run with tight timings and high clock speed, and that is mostly to do with the integrated memory controller rather than the motherboard. I knew the RAM was overkill even for my overclocking targets, but it does mean that the RAM is capable of anything that the CPU can ask it to do which means that the RAM itself wont actually be overclocked, if anything it will be underclocked - my plan was to get a good RAM clockspeed and then try to get better timings and perhaps even drop the memory voltage down, all whilst running the RAM within its capabilities.
Ideally I want to hear from someone who has overclocked (successfully) a Phenom II or an Athlon II, as that will give me some sensible guidelines and expectations.
I'm also fairly new at overclocking but it's fun
So am I in a way. I haven't really done any for 7 odd years. That 50% OC BTW was in the year 2000 on an "Abit BP6", quite a legendary motherboard. I was running an SMP system years before anyone else I knew, and only finally retired the poor motherboard and CPU's around 2004/5. It has its own Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABIT_BP6
I was running a pair of 400 MHz Celeron's at 600 MHz, it was at the time so awesome to be able to rip the music from 2 CD drives at a time, or to burn a CD whilst writing a word document, almost unheard of 12-years ago and it was pretty damned cheap.
The BP6 was the only motherboard of its type, Intel immediately modified all of their Celeron processors from being able to run in SPM mode because so many people bought a BP6 + 2x Celeron processors that it was seriously hurting their sales of their more expensive CPU's.