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post #1 of 20
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What do you think in terms of overclocking an Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego Core?

Is it really worth it?

Will overclocking on stock decrease performance?

Will it shorten the AMD'S life? will it give me problems in the future?

What are safe voltages? in terms of overclocking?


I'm experiencing problems whenever I do overclock however...my 1GB Corsair DDR400 seems to be the problem, because I cant overclock over 209MHZ without an automatic shutdown... it's really kind of a hassle.. and I dont like it.
I know its not my temperature, its not my stock cooling and its definately not my mobo.
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post #2 of 20
Have you read any overclocking guides, as you need to put your memory on a divider (explained in any thorough overclocking guide).
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In terms of a Divider, I really dont know what that is.

Hah
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post #4 of 20
It is definitely worth it to overclock your 3700+ you can get large performance increases over stock. What are safe voltages depends on your cooling. Read the overclocking guides on the site and you should be well on your way. It is your memory that is holding back you overclock.
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post #5 of 20
"Divider" might refer to FSB: DRAM ratio, or CPU: DRAM ratio.

DRAM can also be MEM or just RAM.

By that means, FSB: DRAM ratio should be lower than 1:1, IE. You probably want 6:4 to start with.
Or 166MHz

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post #6 of 20
A divider is basically setting your rams speed below its stock speed, to allow headroom for the cpu.
So in your bios, you should find the ram configurations somewhere, you need to find where it says like 200Mhz(DDR400), and drop it down to 166Mhz(DDR333). So your ram has more headroom for the cpu to clock higher.
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post #7 of 20
Help with Dividers. Look at number 6.
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post #8 of 20
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OMG... 2.53 GHZ.. From 2.2 GHZ! Thank you so much guys!

Setting the memory to 166 MHZ has made my cpu 10X times more better, do I have to increase the voltage on my cpu? or is it fine?

166MHZ from 200 MHZ what effect will that have?
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post #9 of 20
You should now change your HT multiplier from 4 to 3. Anything over 1100Mhz on most motherboards will become unstable. It's ideal to have it at 1000MHz, but anything under that will be perfectly stable. When you go over, you're running the risk of instability.
    
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Do I have to change the timings on my RAM now?
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