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My Spec:
-ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
-AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.0GHz Socket 939 Processor
-XFX PVT42EUDE3 Geforce 6800XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
-Rosewill RV350 ATX 1.3 350W Power Supply
-CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
-Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
-ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink


Hi all. This is my first build. I know it's not high end, but I hope it's decent enough. I am wondering if you guys can give me some tips or recommendations on what overclock setting should I start with and how far would I be able to overclock per my setup. Please let me know.

I have access to the Bios>>Jumpfree configuration

I also heard about Nvidia Ntunes and I downloaded that, but it says to turn off some PCI thing...I don't know how to turn it off...I am wondering if you guys can give me some recommendations on how to attack this...is this where you set it at 33.3mhz?

I just wanted to introduce myself and have some questions while I am going through the forums and reading posted threads for noobies.

Thanks in advance,

Skyliner
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Did you already buy your rig?

If not, How much are you planning on spending on the GPU?
For a few more $$ you can grab This which will give you a ton of performance for the price (much more than the 6800xt)

If so,
Everything looks decent and should OC well. Set your PCI-E clock to 100, and set your PCI clock to 33.33 I would recommend not using the software to OC, instead, use your BIOS as it's much more effective. AMD really ain't my game, so that's about all the advice I could give you. Good luck with OCing
    
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Good:
-motherboard
-processor

Bad:
-PSU

Suggestions:
-The 6800XT, is OK...but a 7600GS would be better,(if you could stretch for a 7600GT, that would be best IMO)
-Keep your stock cooler, and put that extra money towards a better video card. A stronger video card is much more noticeable than an additional 400mhz on a CPU.
    
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If you give us a budget and what you will be using it for that will be much better!

Since you didnt im going to go with a budget build and put one together myself!


Cpu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539 - 86.99
Gpu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130062 - 104.99
motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138264 - 59.99
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141152 - 99.99
HDD - Keep what you had selected
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817189003 - 39.99 ( Yes its cheap, but its a very good psu.)
post #5 of 23
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Thanks for a fast response.

I have bought all the parts and put them together already. It is now booted from window xp.

What is the max that I can push out of my set up in regards to reliability and performance?

Also when I go to update the Asus bio from the start menu, it gives me three sets of date from xx/xx/xxxx. Do I just pick anything or do I have to pick from the oldest date and go back and do it again for the other dates....

Thanks again.
post #6 of 23
Just a few simple things to make sure you have set before overclocking PCI frequency to 33.3mhz, PCI-e to 100mhz, and read the Ultimate Overclocking Guide here on OC.net, it is stickied at the top of the AMD and INtel CPU forums.
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What is a good PSU for my setup? My budget is under $50?
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I am going to prempt everybody here and say, could you maybe squeeze a bit more on the PSU, you really don't want to cheap out on the PSU when it basically can kill your whole system if it fails in the wrong way. I would suggest getting something about 500W.
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You could always try something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103928

Antec has done me quite well, and with the MIR it is just a few bucks above your price range.
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Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
I am going to prempt everybody here and say, could you maybe squeeze a bit more on the PSU, you really don't want to cheap out on the PSU when it basically can kill your whole system if it fails in the wrong way. I would suggest getting something about 500W.
Will this help with my graphic card because I just read the requirement on the GPU box and it says that 450W is required. And I have 350W right now, will it hurt my GPU performance.

I just have connected to a DVD-drive, hard drive, 2 fans, and of course the motherboard. Will this be sufficient amount of power left for the GPU?
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