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Tips for overclocking a DS3

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I know there are about 100 threads on this, but I figure the most recent answer just for me would be the most helpful.

So I recently purchased a new E6400, ram, and DS3. My full system specs are as follows:

Motherboard: Gigabyte DS3 rev2 link
Memory: G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2 800 CL4 link
Processor: E6400
CPU Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120
PSU: Antec True Power II 520Watt

With regards to my hard drives I have a little problem. I have 3 hard drives, 2 are SATA and already configured in RAID0 and the other is IDE. First problem is that there is only one IDE connecter on my motherboard and I also have 2 cd drives, so I can have 2 of my 3 drives in use at one time or I could put my hard drive in an external enclosure. Would I see a large performance hit putting it in an external enclosure? Second, would I be able to keep all the data on my 2 SATA hard drives in raid or would I have to reformat them and rebuild the array?

If it matters, GPU: x1900gt with zalman zf900

I have a 50mm fan link with a rated 13 cfm taped on my northbridge to help cool it down (supposedly this works wonders), and I got an after market 120mm fan link with 110 cfm at max to try and maximize cooling (I put the stock tuniq tower on the side of my case cause I couldn't stand wasting a nice fan like that).

My first question is: is it possible to save different BIOS profiles to be able to switch back and forth at restart? I wouldn't need to have my CPU and ram overclocked 24/7 especially because I want this processor to last as long as possible. So would I be able to find the bios settings that gave me a max overclock to boot to when I want to do some extreme gaming/benchmarks/bragging, but then restart it to default and be able to switch back and forth?

I have done a fair amount of research and know (kind of) how overclocking works. I'm going to follow this guide with help from this FAQ.

If anyone has any specific tips to share I would be grateful. I don't mind reading guides and reviews so if anyone has a helpful link that is always appreciated as well.

Offtopic: I just finished reading Frankenstein and it was pretty much the most amazing book I've read and I would highly recommend it to anyone at that reading level (12th grade or higher I've heard).
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I was suppose to read Frankenstein in 11th grade. Turned out SparkNotes was sufficient. I highly suggest Bill O'Reilly's Culture Warrior.

For your overclocking, I suggest you start off by reading this:

Intel Overclocking Redefined - Interesting P965 / 975X Secrets

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With regards to my hard drives I have a little problem. I have 3 hard drives, 2 are SATA and already configured in RAID0 and the other is IDE. First problem is that there is only one IDE connecter on my motherboard and I also have 2 cd drives, so I can have 2 of my 3 drives in use at one time or I could put my hard drive in an external enclosure. Would I see a large performance hit putting it in an external enclosure? Second, would I be able to keep all the data on my 2 SATA hard drives in raid or would I have to reformat them and rebuild the array?
Unless you need the space, ditch the IDE drive. Not sure what you mean by the last part. You can keep all your data on the RAID drive, but I don't fully understand your question.

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I have a 50mm fan link with a rated 13 cfm taped on my northbridge to help cool it down (supposedly this works wonders), and I got an after market 120mm fan link with 110 cfm at max to try and maximize cooling (I put the stock tuniq tower on the side of my case cause I couldn't stand wasting a nice fan like that).
Great. The Northbridge can get hot, the CPU even hotter. These will all keep your components within respectable cooling levels.

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My first question is: is it possible to save different BIOS profiles to be able to switch back and forth at restart? I wouldn't need to have my CPU and ram overclocked 24/7 especially because I want this processor to last as long as possible. So would I be able to find the bios settings that gave me a max overclock to boot to when I want to do some extreme gaming/benchmarks/bragging, but then restart it to default and be able to switch back and forth?
A lot of motherboards offer than feature. I cannot comment on the DS3, I know ASUS boards do. I would not worry about your CPU / Memory / System degrading. Even a well overclocked system will last longer than its useful life. I suggest staying at or under 2.4V on the memory and at or under 1.45V on the CPU.

Your best bet is to just manually switch between settings. Almost all people have temporary settings that they use to put their system to the max for temporary benchmarking / bragging. Just do it manually, not to hard.

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If anyone has any specific tips to share I would be grateful. I don't mind reading guides and reviews so if anyone has a helpful link that is always appreciated as well.
Crank up the north bridge voltage. Motherboards 100% limit the overclocking potential of the Core 2 Duo processor. What revision DS3 do you have?
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Regarding the RAID question, what I have now is my 2 hard drives in raid. I have lots of stuff on them, but I have a different motherboard. Would I be able to plug them into my new DS3 and keep them in RAID without losing the data on them? With my current motherboard if you build a raid array you are forced to reformat both of the drives no matter what.

I have revision 2 for my DS3.

My IDE drive was a recent gift and it is 320GB. If I used it as pure backup and just plugged it in every once in a while it wouldn't hurt performance, or would it?

Also should I just get the most recent drivers/BIOS or should I avoid certain driver versions?
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Regarding the RAID question, what I have now is my 2 hard drives in raid. I have lots of stuff on them, but I have a different motherboard. Would I be able to plug them into my new DS3 and keep them in RAID without losing the data on them? With my current motherboard if you build a raid array you are forced to reformat both of the drives no matter what.

I have revision 2 for my DS3.

My IDE drive was a recent gift and it is 320GB. If I used it as pure backup and just plugged it in every once in a while it wouldn't hurt performance, or would it?

Also should I just get the most recent drivers/BIOS or should I avoid certain driver versions?
Yes, you will need to reformat the harddrives. It is unavoidable. Even if you didn't have to reformat, it is best, as the new motherboard won't work well with a installation of Windows that was used to the old motherboard.

You are very lucky to get Rev 2.... It overclocks a lot more.

Plugging in your IDE drive from time to time won't hurt at all. They make HDD cases that can turn an internal IDE drive into an external eSATA drive. I suspect that would be the most useful thing for you.

I would definitely update to the most recent drivers and BIOS. They update for a reason, they work better than the old ones!
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