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I think I screwed up on my first C2D build

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So my specs are in my Profile below.

Anyway I bought this machine with no intentions of OC'ing so this is my first OC'ing project.

First off I think I should've bought a E6600 instead of an E6400, that being said I think my E6400 has a messed up Stepping but I haven't checked it yet (too lazy to pull my zalman off for the 500th time)

Secondly I once I understood RAM Memory timings I found out that I bought a bastard brand of OCZ DDR2-800 at 5-5-5-12 and 2.0V. I was running at 5-5-5-15 at 2.1V so I decided I'd set it to 5-5-5-12 and 2.0V like the specs said.

My system was stable for about 5 minutes then went to hell.

Also I'm thinking I made a bad choice in purchasing my motherboard, I had a K8N Skt939 MSI for the longest time and loved it so I figured this would be a good buy...given my Vdroop issues and the horrid NB heatsink on it I think I made a mistake.

I have a Zalman cooler coming in for my Northbridge in a couple days to see if maybe my NB is overheating and thats restricting my OC'ing attempts.

What I basically need is opinions from the community:

1.) What would you have done differently?
2.) If you were to upgrade the Motherboard/RAM/Processor I have now, what would you upgrade/change it to?
3.) If so, why?

--Thanks in advance!!
    
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post #2 of 8
There is nothing wrong with the e6400, just because of its lower multiplier it is more fsb / ram dependent.

You should run that ram through some memtest, any ram should be able to run at its stock settings.

And MSI isn't best mobo manufacturere, especially when overclocking, i haven't heard much good news about MSI.

I woulda gone with a Gigabyte, EVGA, or ASUS board.
Possibly evga 650i or evga 680i

Or ASUS p5n-e SLI
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The rams default is 2.2v. I have mine at 2.2v like its recommenede and 4-4-4-8 timing
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Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
The rams default is 2.2v. I have mine at 2.2v like its recommenede and 4-4-4-8 timing
OCZ DDR2-800 Gold is 2.0vdimm and the Platinum DDR2-800 is 2.1vdimm default....

Most OCZ will goto 4-4-4-12 timings with 2.2vdimm OCZ warranties up to 2.2vdimm i believe...
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yeah I have the OCZ Gold
    
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I would keep the cpu, and get a P5B Deluxe and a set of ram, whatever has D9 Microns on it. Haven't regretted it a single minute.
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D9 Microns?
    
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post #8 of 8
Yeah you should check out this list:

http://ramlist.infinityx.nl/ddr2/

Anything that has Micron D9GMH is fine.
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