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Okay, well, I made a mistake. When I first built my computer, I wasn't really into overclocking.

I have:

Mainboard :DFI Corp,LTD LP NF4 Series
Chipset :nVidia nForce4
Processor :AMD Opteron (UP) 146 @ 2000 MHz
Physical Memory :1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card :Nvidia Corp GeForce 6800 GS [NV41.0]


The Opty 146 is OC'ed to 2.15ghz (impressive, eh..)

Well, it's been almost a year since I first messed with the settings, and even then all I did was up the fsb a tad.

My question is, when I make another attempt at overclocking, should I replace my hdd with a blank hdd just in case the data gets lost? My main concern is hdd corruption, as I have way too much data to lose.

I know that if I go for it, I will have to somehow increase my cooling...any suggestions are open...the case was a present to me a while back and lacks a front fan (It has 2x side fans, 1x rear) so my cooling isn't quite as efficient as it should be.

So, sorry to veer off topic...should I replace my hard drives with a blank hdd (fresh windows install) just in case data corruption comes? Or is that even a viable consequence? What is the worst thing that could happen? I have an antec 550w psu.

Thanks for any comments,

William
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Originally Posted by FairladyZ32 View Post
Okay, well, I made a mistake. When I first built my computer, I wasn't really into overclocking.

I have:

Mainboard :DFI Corp,LTD LP NF4 Series
Chipset :nVidia nForce4
Processor :AMD Opteron (UP) 146 @ 2000 MHz
Physical Memory :1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card :Nvidia Corp GeForce 6800 GS [NV41.0]


The Opty 146 is OC'ed to 2.15ghz (impressive, eh..)

Well, it's been almost a year since I first messed with the settings, and even then all I did was up the fsb a tad.

My question is, when I make another attempt at overclocking, should I replace my hdd with a blank hdd just in case the data gets lost? My main concern is hdd corruption, as I have way too much data to lose.

I know that if I go for it, I will have to somehow increase my cooling...any suggestions are open...the case was a present to me a while back and lacks a front fan (It has 2x side fans, 1x rear) so my cooling isn't quite as efficient as it should be.

So, sorry to veer off topic...should I replace my hard drives with a blank hdd (fresh windows install) just in case data corruption comes? Or is that even a viable consequence? What is the worst thing that could happen? I have an antec 550w psu.

Thanks for any comments,

William
Hard drive corruption won't happen unless you are using Sata drives and the PCI-E bus is set too high. Running the PCI-E bus too high runs the risk of corrupting a Sata drive.

Here is a general guide to get started. Upping the fsb is heading in the right direction, but with AMD there is much more to it. As far as cooling, make sure load temps dont exceed 55c.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...ing-guide.html

Good luck!
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Hard drive corruption won't happen unless you are using Sata drives and the PCI-E bus is set too high. Running the PCI-E bus too high runs the risk of corrupting a Sata drive.
Unless you own a 680i

his 680i.
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Hello and welcome.

Looking at your specs I would say you have a good grounding of a decent overclocking rig, not dissimilar to my own in many aspects

Overclocking on the whole is a relatively safe thing to do if you keep the increases small and test after each change.

As for data corruption I would make a backup of any important files that you may have or if you have a fresh HDD install windows on that for the purpose of overclocking if the data you have is critical. Corruption can occur but it is usually very rare.

Have a look round the site as there are many good overclocking threads that will give you a good grounding on the principles if you are not already familiar.

Good luck buddy and welcome to the club
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Unless you own a 680i

his 680i.
I don't quite follow?

Are the PCI-E and Sata bus independant on the 680i?
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2.15ghz?!!!
Athlons have been doing that since 2002...
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Athlons have been doing that since 2002...
I think he was being sarcastic.
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I don't quite follow?

Are the PCI-E and Sata bus independant on the 680i?
680i has been having some problems with sata corruption at a high FSB, even though the sata bus is locked. For some reason those poor people with their low multi chips have been having lots of problems.

http://www.evga.com/community/messag...TOPIC_ID=21626
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I think he was being sarcastic.
I hope so...
And a DFI NF4 series mobo...is this a joke...LOL?
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I hope so...
And a DFI NF4 series mobo...is this a joke...LOL?
Play nice Probn, everyone starts out somewhere... he just has a really good place to start.
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