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It's probably worth while to upgrade to a G.Skill 4GB kit.
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by ssnataku View Post

It's probably worth while to upgrade to a G.Skill 4GB kit.

That's what I'm looking at though I'm just iffy about spending $50 on old memory.
post #13 of 21
I wouldn't personally. The performance increase would be so marginal and doubt you'd actually notice the difference.
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post #14 of 21
Sometimes more memory regardless of speed can make a system faster.
More memory means less paging to the swap file.
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Yes;Less stress on the IMC.I linked some good sticks..

Thanks for the link though I don't want to spend $80 on 2GB of ram. I'm still sort of on a budget here and this is for a sort of Frankenstein rig.

I think I'll go with the other advice and buy a G.Skill (or similar reputable brand) 2x2GB kit stock clocked at 800MT/s and try overclocking that along with the Northbridge.
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post #16 of 21
I think that is your best bet. If you can get the NB to overclock, with a matched set you should see a pretty decent gain.

That said though, have you already tried to OC the NB with just 2 matched sticks of what you already have??? If I read your OP correctly, you basically have two separate matched kits.

If you havent tried, and at least one of those kits is a matching set, try that first.

See if you can get the CPU NB up to around 2400. If so, you WILL see a gain from a faster set combined with an OC'd NB. Especially if you combine that with a CPU overclock.
    
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post #17 of 21
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So I tried going with the 2x1GB sticks I have and I couldn't really overclock the NB at all. All the multipliers (CPU, NB, SB) were maxed out and all I could increase was the HyperTransport reference clock (200MHz stock).

It wasn't stable for long and basically nothing has changed from my original CPU-z post. I wonder if it's the motherboard or something else.
post #18 of 21
Well, its an Athlon with locked multipliers, including the NB. It is only going to let you decrease multipliers.

Your going to have to overclock with the FSB (HT).

Some motherboard BIOS's will update the running values in real time when you increase the reference clock, others wont. Sometimes you have to keep a notebook and calculator handy to keep track of what is going to happen when you increase the ref. clock.

If you are working on a NB overclock, when you increase the the ref. clock, you will have to decrease the RAM and CPU multipliers accordingly to keep them at known stable settings.

If you jump straight away to a 225MHz Ref Clock, and don't adjust multipliers accordingly, you will be overclocking the CPU, NB, and RAM at the same time! It will be almost impossible to stabilize the system.
    
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post #19 of 21
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Well, its an Athlon with locked multipliers, including the NB. It is only going to let you decrease multipliers.

Your going to have to overclock with the FSB (HT).

Some motherboard BIOS's will update the running values in real time when you increase the reference clock, others wont. Sometimes you have to keep a notebook and calculator handy to keep track of what is going to happen when you increase the ref. clock.

If you are working on a NB overclock, when you increase the the ref. clock, you will have to decrease the RAM and CPU multipliers accordingly to keep them at known stable settings.

If you jump straight away to a 225MHz Ref Clock, and don't adjust multipliers accordingly, you will be overclocking the CPU, NB, and RAM at the same time! It will be almost impossible to stabilize the system.

Well this sounds like quite the undertaking. I guess my only option would have been to get a black edition processor and do whatever I wanted.

I may afterall just stick to my old memory.
post #20 of 21
It's not terribly hard. It's how we overclocked before all these "Black Edition" processors.

Actually, some people still prefer to do it this way. In some cases, you can achieve a higher overclock versus using multiplier alone.

Like I said, just be aware that when you raise the ref. clock, you are overclocking 3 things at once. Then you adjust the appropriate multipliers downward in order to keep things stable.
    
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