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Hi, I am fairly new to the overclocking world but i just recently purchased some new air cooling computer parts (Zalman CNPS9700, Modular PSU, 5.25" Drive Bay 120mm fan) and I am running very nice temps idle (31-32 C) and under load (37-38 C)

But before i begin overclocking, I wonder if my RAM is holding me back?

I have 4x512mb Corsair ValueSelect (PC3200) with timings of 2.5-3-3-7

Is this ram good enough to get me in the 2.8Ghz range? (from a 2.2Ghz stock)

Also, is it better to keep the multiplier at 11x stock, and just tweak the FSB, or should i lower the multi as well? Also, when should i start tweaking the voltages rather than leaving them on [Auto]?

All help is appreciated!
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post #2 of 23
You don't know that anything is holding you back or how far it goes until it holds you back. So don't ask. Though, AMD memory controllers really don't like 4 dimm slots being occupied.

The only way you'll know is to try. So try.
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I have the same RAM, it holds up surprisingly well, especially if you can set a divider and keep it near stock speeds. I have gone from 2.0ghz up to 2.75 Orthos stable, a bigger overclock on a lower multiplier and my RAM was fine ( I have loosened the timings a little to 3-3-3-8 for what difference that makes - and ihatethedukes is right, when I went from 2x512 to 4x512 it halved the speed they were running at, but its back up to 208mhz no problem now)
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Corsair ram is really good! I doubt it will give you problems under 2.7ghz
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What should my first step be in this Overclocking process? Right now everything is stock, all voltages are on auto.

Up the FSB to 220 and keep the 11x multi, and then keep raising the FSB bit by bit? Or should i tweek the multi also?
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you can only change your multi downwards, so dont bother. I would manually control the voltage as well - you need to be totally in control. For now set the voltage to stock manually, set your HTT link to 4x and gradually raise your FSB maybe 5mhz a time for now, even less later. Run a stress test (Orthos) after each increment to check it is stable. Once it fails the stress test increase the voltage by one setting (should be 25mv) and test again, if stable go back to FSB bumpage.

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NOT EVERYTHING IN THIS LINK APPLIES TO YOU BUT IT IS PROBABLY THE MOST THOROUGH OCing GUIDE FOR AMD SYSTEMS.

http://www.diy-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20823
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Originally Posted by Imperator Nick View Post
you can only change your multi downwards, so dont bother. I would manually control the voltage as well - you need to be totally in control. For now set the voltage to stock manually, set your HTT link to 4x and gradually raise your FSB maybe 5mhz a time for now, even less later. Run a stress test (Orthos) after each increment to check it is stable. Once it fails the stress test increase the voltage by one setting (should be 25mv) and test again, if stable go back to FSB bumpage.

Keep an eye on your temps at all times, if it hits 55-60C under load its time to stop or find better cooling
what about my ram timings? should i mess with those at all or use a divider or anything like that?
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what about my ram timings? should i mess with those at all or use a divider or anything like that?
yeah I would knock it down one step so that as you increase FSB your RAM comes back up to stock, once you get back to that point, set the RAM down another step. Once you have maxed your CPU OC you can try and run your RAM faster
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post #10 of 23
corsair valuselect is surprisingly good. i dont know about the four stick thing tho. 4400 ftw
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