Originally Posted by abdoo
Thanks all for your opinion which are very useful.
Unfortunatley, I am on a budget so i'll settle for stock cooling. As I've read this will limit me in addition to my RAM. Therefore, maybe a 945P-S3 will be enough.
Now, I have 3 important questions :
for the E4300 Overclocking,
1- What is the limit for stock cooling?
2- What is the limit for DDR2 667 Kingston( I don't know if it's value ram or not, so consider it value ram) ?
3- What is the limit for GA-945P-S3 Mobo?
Finally, How far can i overclock this cpu using a system of the above mentioned components?
To answer your questions
1. Most 4300's on stock cooling can hit around 3Ghz still... However that has everything to do with the motherboard..
2. You maybe able to get a small oc out of the kingston, but that has everything to do with the motherboard.
3. 945P chipset is very limited.. I wouldn't use that motherboard at all.. It would be better to take a hit and do cheaper cooling and ram than to buy that motherboard... Trust me on this...
IDK who you use to buy from, but for $300 in the US i can get
Great oc'ing RAM...upto 1000mhz oc from 667mhz...
Best mobo for a budget system... Great oc'er..
Of course the 4300
$275 in the US, before shipping... I'd go with those parts if budget allows and wait on the 2nd gig of ram and the aftermarket cooling..
I have seen many systems that have stock cooling on the 4300 and great oc results (3-3.2Ghz) But that was this winter... IDK if those clocks will have to change or not...
!!!!!Whatever way you choose, before you install those parts check your 4300 to make sure the IHS is completely flat.. That actually has the most to do with oc'ing that cpu!!!!
Let us know what you do