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Well having read loads of threads and finally gathered up the courage to venture in to my bios i have succesfully overclocked my cpu by a whopping 40mhz. But thats not the point i wanted to ask a couple questions before i continue. Heres what ive done so far.

Lowered HTT multiplier to 4
Set my ram to run at 166mhz (although in my bios it says 333mhz)
Increased my fsb by 4mhz.
Locked the pci clock to 33.3mhz

So right now my cpu is running at 204x10 = 2040mhz

im using an a8n-sli deluxe with a thermalright (thermaltake w/e) si-120 and my cpu is a 3200+ winchester. Although my ram is just kingston value ram and only one stick (1gb) would that effect anything? And i have a Tagan 480-uo1 psu so that shouldnt cause me any problems right?

My questions were is there anything else that i should know about before i continue i know all the consequences i mean in terms of things i should look out for in the bios and also my htt is running at 800mhz is that too slow? or does it not make a difference? and also what speeds have people gotten on their 3200's?

thanks for the help
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post #2 of 14
fill in your usercp at the top.

It is impossible to tell without alll those little details
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Yup plz fill out the specs of your rig

BTW it's better to try and get your memory at the same frequency as your FSB
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right i filled in everything that i knew..hope it helps..
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post #5 of 14
Great!

Now you can try to get your ram at the same speed as your FSB (meaning 204Mhz (408 effectively)

Does your ram have heatspreaders? and for what speed are they meant?

So you up your fsb a little.
monitor your temperature using the programs coretemp and orthos

you look at coretemp and see if it is'nt getting too hot and use orthos to make it as hot as possible.

if your proc doe'snt go above 50 (after like 20 mins orthos) you can go up a notch.


BTW to get your ram at those speeds you problaby need to change your timings a bit (well help if you have a screenie of cpu-z for us )
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The ram is just your bog standard value ram no heatspreaders or anything...this is what cpu-z tell me about my ram:

http://img63.imageshack.us/my.php?image=untitledsp8.jpg

how would i make my ram run at the same speed as my fsb? the options in the bios are 400 333 and it keeps going down? would i have to use a divider? thats another thing i cant find that in my bios...

i wanna push my fsb a bit further..am i good to go up a bit more? also was wondering if the steps that i took overclocking were right? i didnt miss anything out right?
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post #7 of 14
You seem to be doing ok. If temperatures are low...you are all right. You may want to change the command rate(CPC) to 1T(original 2T). Value ram don't overclock very well, so you have to use a divider to make it run at a lower speed. Disable Cool & Quiet it you haven't already. HT at 800Mhz is perfectly ok...the HT doesn't affect your performance very much, just under 1000 and your cool. Just keep upping the FSB little by little and use the program orthos to check stability and temperatures. I've seen amd 3200s go up to 2.8Ghz on air, and you could probably reach 3Ghz with water cooling.
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post #8 of 14
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would decreasing the speed of my ram make a huge difference in performance?
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The performance increase you gain from increasing your cpu frequency will out weigh the performance loss from the memory. You can also tighten timings if your finish overclock ends up less than with your memory speed at under 400mhz. When you're busy increasing your cpu clock just leave your timings at default so that they don't interfere with testing the stability of your cpu. Then after you've reached the highest your cpu will handle tighten the timings as much as you can and test it with memtest.
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post #10 of 14
You might even consider loosening your RAM timings until you've discovered your maximum CPU overclock......then, rachet down the speed a bit, and tighten the RAM timings.
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