Overclocking for under $100 – Part I – AMD Phenom II X4 965

Welcome to a new series for Extremebenching.com.  Overclocking for under $100.  A series where I’ll pick a component once a month for under $100 and see what we can get out of it.  This series is meant to be fun and remind some of us that spending $1000’s of dollars is not required to enjoy Overclocking in it’s purest form.

Due to time constrants, I won’t be able to Overclock every piece of hardware on LN2.  However, I will try to majority of the time.  Granted some components won’t be worth benching on COLD, so those will be explained straight away so not to cause confusion.

Well enough blabber from my mouthhole and let’s get into it.  Have a look at the specs here from CPU-World.com.


So we can see this is a Black Edition CPU and we should get some decent headroom for overclocking.

Our test rig for this is the ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme,  Corsair Dominator GT 2000C8 2GB X 2 with Hyper IC’s, with a GT610 as GPU won’t be tested within this article.  We will be using a AIO cooler for our testing as well.


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