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Computer resets after 3.2GHz overclock

By zycon ยท 13 replies
May 31, 2008
  1. I am using an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 and was interested in overclocking to upgrade my computer performance. So i did, i went in and changed it from the normal 2.6 to 3.2, i saved and let it run through the loading process. It got to the windows loading screen and loaded windows, right when that screen went away, my computer just resets and goes through the same process until i go back into the bios and tune it down. I keep it at 3.0GHz now and it is fine, stays around 35c at max usage. I have a good cooling system and thermal paste. What is the problem here?
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Motherboard manuals tell you if it can be overclocked
    But it's no big deal for that amount and possible bad problems.
    2.6 is a good number.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,499   +2,294

    If I were getting those readings on my CPU, I'd try another monitoring program, just to be sure the one I had wasn't blowing sunshine up my b***. Some of these apps seem to have a more "feelgood" than reality check approach to reporting temperatures than others. Who knows though, it could be right.
  4. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Posts: 247

    Perhaps your motherboard isnt supplying enough voltage to the cpu for that overclock. Does your bios have an option for adjusting vcore? If so, adjust it slightly. But be carefull. If you set the voltage too high you could damage the cpu and/or motherboard.
  5. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Posts: 247

    But, if its running fine at 3.0Ghz then itd be better to leave it at that. I dont think an extra 200mhz would make much of a difference anyways.
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    People keep forgetting that when you overclock, you put the WHOLE system on a strain.

    Upping your CPU speed doesn't confine the speed increases to the CPU: you'll have to get your RAM working overtime, as well as your motherboard. Because of this, any of these items may not be working well.

    Sure you've got the CPU cooled and under control. How about the northbridge?

    And is your RAM of sufficient quality to handle the speeds asked of it?

    At 3.0ghz, your CPU may be running at 35C, but your NB could be about to melt down.

    Of course, it could be something as simple as upping the voltage to the CPU or RAM. I'm just pointing out that you guys shouldn't just fuss about the CPU.

    Also, as nissanman said, you can fry your CPU/MB if you up that voltage, so do it at your own risk.
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You didn't mention RAM configuration, but memory that is less than the best will cause this problem.
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Keep it 3.0GHz if it's stable at that mark. Don't push the system until it halts on you.
  9. zycon

    zycon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    i put it at 2.9 and it is still shutting off randomly but only when i play Age Of Conan which is a pretty cpu intense game. but every temp reader i see says it stays around 35-40 degrees, thats not anywhere near the auto shutdown option. This shouldnt be happening unless the voltages dont match it right.
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    If it shuts off randomly at any time at all, its not stable. I had an overclock on my old computer with the same problem, and I left it like that until I got my current comp.

    You can leave it like that, and avoid that game, or lower the overclock.

    Like you said, it might be the voltages, so try increasing it and see what happens. Like you've been warned many times, you risk permanent damage here.

    If the above doesn't help, you might have reached the maximum potential for either your: CPU, RAM or motherboard. Not much you can do in this situation except replace the problematic component. Not much you can do to identify the problematic component neither.
  11. zycon

    zycon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    ok i know this is an old topic but i need to bump it because the problem still persists. i decided that since i dont think the overclock is worth it i would restore all my settings in the bios to default. I saved my settings and reset the comp. It went well for a week or so and then i was playing Fable and it just shut off again... keep note that when i first got it and didnt overclock or anything it would run any game (including Fable) fine without shutting off. I dont understand, i must have caused permanent damage to my computer when i overclocked it or maybe there is a setting that requires me to manually adjust it for it to change? please help!
  12. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Posts: 247

    Have you tried a different power supply? Maybe your one is faulty or you may have damaged the cpu. What is the temperature of your cpu while you are playing a game?
  13. zycon

    zycon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17


    thats with fable running.
  14. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    I've seen most athon's max out around 3ghz. You aregoing to need the temperatures of your sb and your nb if it has one, but I'm not sure since it's an amd setup. I would recommend the following programs for overclocking:

    1. core temp - measures the temps of your cores. It has a delta function in the settings that you can switch to see how far you are from maximum the cores are rated for. I would use this during orthos testing.
    2. everest (checks temps, voltages, ect.) a good program to have when overclocking
    3. orthos - once you think your system is stable, run this at priority 9 for 12 hours. If it passes, you are stable. I'm ocd and run mine 24hrs :cool: .

    Now this is based on my experience overclocking my Intel setup, which is going to be different than your amd setup. Good luck.
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