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First, there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS a chance of doing damage to your system and parts if you exceed the suggested value of the manufacturer. Taking a 2.3G chip to 2.4 could smoke it.. it isnt likely, but it could. And if it does, you are out of luck, and have to buy a new one. Most folks will NOT warranty stuff smoked due to Overclocking. ANYONE who tells you that even a mild overclock is 100% safe is lying to you, or is an idiot.
with that out of the way.. the chip you have SHOULD OV to 3.0G and higher with no problems whatsover on the 533Ram you have. You can do it on the stock HSF, but will be running very hot, and I woudlnt suggest doing that for extended periods until you get better cooling solutions.
The Asus boards arent the best overclockers out there.. but if you want to learn as you go, then use the AI NOS functions, or even do the bios builtin 3/5/8% overclock defaults to get a feel for the values and what is changing. Then when you feel more comfortable , you can adjust them yourself.
Beware changing voltages, make sure you completely understand what you are doing before you play with voltages.. you CAN easily smoke a part by a .001 change in voltage.
common sense, paying very very close attention to heat and keeping it in acceptable to you ranges, and not making huge leaps with your OC are the keys to a good overclock, and a safe one. Jumping .3 or .4 Ghz at a time with jumps in Voltage on a whim will give you a fried system, no warranty and $1000 in the toilet