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Hey, im new to overclocking, but not to computers. I recently finished building the rig thats in my sig and wanted to "break in" the parts before i started messing around with them. I have yet to chage any of the settings in my bios to begin overclocking my rig. I have done lots of reading in this forum to familiarize myself with the task that lies ahead, but i do have some questions.

I'm not really sure which progams to download to help assist me in my oc. There are a lot to choose from and I was just curious as to which ones you would recomend. Another reason I would like your recomendation is incase i run into some trouble it'll be easy for you to help

Next I just want to make sure I have everything I need to get started.
CPU:
temp - 25*C What is a safe temp to stop at?
Vcore - 1.34
cache - 2mb
frequency - 2.0ghz
Mem:
timing - 4-4-3-8
volt - 2.2
clock spd - set to auto right now; where do i start?
Mobo:
temp - 29*C

Also I'm kind of confused on the math between the HT and the multiplier, and the memory to HT clock ratio. I know the HT (HyperTransport clock speed) x multiplier = CPU frequency , but I'm still confused as to how to get the ratios, is there a formula or can someone plz show by an example.

Is there anything else I should be aware of or be careful of before i start? And where is a good place to start? All i'm really gonna do is just follow the tutorial DeathoNater posted, but I'm open to suggestions.

Thanx for al the help
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bump?
all the info was gathered by app supplied by asus.
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The software that you'll need are for monitoring, benching, and testing stability. Don't bother with the OCing programs. It's way better to OC with the BIOS. For monitoring your chip settings, the most popular program is CPU-Z. For temp monitoring, I like to use Speedfan. To bench your system, there are a lot of programs you can use. SiSoftware Sandra, SuperPi, and 3D Mark are some of the most popular benching programs. To check for cpu stability, the most popular programs are Prime95, SP2004 (based off Prime95). To check for memory stability, use Memtest.

Don't worry too much about the ratios as you don't necessarily have to calculate them. The computer does that for you. The FAQ is a great start on learning on OCing. Read it several times before you start. I did and I still refer back to it from time to time. Just remember to keep an eye on your temps. If you have any Q's you know where to ask!
    
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temp - 25*C What is a safe temp to stop at?
40*C is a nice goal to shoot for because it's considerate of variations in the ambient temperature which, depending on where you live, might be drastic from day to day. I've never had any problems with functionality at and below 50*C, but if someone cranks up the heat in your room there might be some problems. (Note: These are air-cooling temps. Liquid-cooling guys would probably kick me right in both shins for saying 40*-45*C is acceptable.)

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clock spd - set to auto right now; where do i start?
Make sure you know what the clock speed is set at before you start changing it. Just increase the speed in very small increments and run at least one cpu performance test each time you successfully boot. Make a note of the highest speed at which your system is stable and, if you like, a list of the highest bootable speeds.
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Start by bumping up your front side bus and see how it runs. After a while you will start having to add volts to the cpu/ram. You should probably practice overclocking it "just a little" to get the hang of it first. Be carefull not to make too drastic of changes to begin with. After you get farmiliar, you can probably reread some of the guides and things that were once confusing might now make sence. I hope ive helped.
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