Originally Posted by MindOfChaos
I have had the motherboard too long.There are a few bottlenecks in my system. I dont think its really cost effective for me to try and remove them. It doesnt effect performance at stock settings but it stops me from OCing. My stock heatsink doesnt cool the CPU very well and I would need some thing better. My powerbox is generic 400watt which is probably not good. I only have a gig of ram and It looks like my motherboard is not up to snuff either.
I think maybe I should sit this upgrade cycle through with stock settings and wait until I get my next computer.
What do you guys think?
Mate, almost all the 965 Express mobos have had real issues OCing with the early BIOS revisions. You should search for some BIOS updates for the mobo, and even if they don't exist now it's sure they're going to show up. Take for example the ABIT AB9 (965Express like yours) at the begining it couldn't even reach 300FSB, but with the latest BIOS reaches 450FSB...quite a decent improvement. Be patient and wait for the newer BIOS updates, it would be a real shame to keep that CPU @stock as it should work @2.6GHz easily.