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Well, this is the specs for my first homebuilt system, have had it about 4 months now, and has been running great... altho, had one ram stick go bad, just ordered another kit of the same, so have to rma one set. Once I get that back, will be running 4GB (32 bit for now, until I feel comfy enough that I wont have issues running 64 bit)

Question is, would you guys OC this system, or just let it run as it is? I dont' really notice any problems, do a lot of gaming on it, 2142, various other random games that I'm in the mood for.. hell, I still play D2:LOD once in a while. It has a stutter here and there when outside in Oblivion, but really thats it. Would I notice a difference with OC'ing it? The cooling is just stock cooling, and some built in case fans. What would be the best/safest thing to do that would be noticible? Any suggestions?

Oh, the ram is the G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK
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post #2 of 19
I would say break it in for a few weeks and make sure everything runs well at stock. However, of course you have to OC it at some point, especially since you have quality components in there.

If you don't want to risk it yet, it's fine. That rig will be plenty fast. But if you want to just push it farther for performance's sake, bragging rights, whatever, then I say go for it.

Depending on how far you OC, yes, you can probably see a noticeable difference in games once you OC.

I would say get aftermarket cooling if you want to get serious about OCing, though. Also, a better powersupply may be needed, given the fact that you have a great, power-hungry video card like that. I love my Enzotech Ultra-X, which also supports socket LGA 775 (can be found at http://www.performance-pcs.com )and it gives me great temps. Your PSU may be able to hold up, but once you start really pumping volts to that CPU to get a higher OC, it may end up being the thing holding you back.

Welcome to the forum, thanks for filling out your system specs, and please make yourself at home and enjoy your stay.
    
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Thank's for the reply, so far, I've been checking out g.skill's tech forums, they look great for support. And I'm still at work, but I have a feeling since I never changed my bios settings for my ram, i'm running at 5-5-5-15 (rams rated at 4-4-4-12) so I guess I know one thing I'll be changing when I get home.. as far as breaking it in, it's been about 3 months running great so far. Is there anything you would considering OC'ing at least a little without the extra cooling? (Barely convinced the fiance to let me get the second set of ram)
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Ya, you can OC on stock cooling. Just get a temp monitoring program like Speedfan or Everest, then run 2 instances of CPU Burn In (to load both cores) and make sure temps don't get above 55C. As far as the RAM goes, it's actually better to have higher timings, as they give you more leeway for you OC than tighter (lower) timings.
    
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post #5 of 19
your ram will kill your overclocking abilities.
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
your ram will kill your overclocking abilities.
no, his RAM will limit his FSB to not much more than 400. that's still a 50% overclock, and a big jump in performance. 2.8 on these processors is fast as hell.

Fiya, we love when new people start overclocking it's good that you've been taking your time and reading around a lot before you start screwing around with your computer's brain. keep reading and feel free to ask questions whenever they come up.

the hardware you picked for your first build is great stuff and just begging to be OCed though . when you're ready to do it, this new machine will make you proud.
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post #7 of 19
but to answer your question i would overclock. its fun
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does anyone else have a prob with G.Skill ram and overclocking
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did you get the silver ones with the 4-4-3-5 timings? that's what i have and i haven't been able to get more than DDR2 840 out of them. haven't really tried too hard for more because i don't care and don't need it. the microns are supposed to be great overclockers though.
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post #10 of 19
With my first system - although it was quite a bit cheaper than yours - I told myself that I wouldn't overclock it for at least 6 months, so that if anything broke at least I'd have got some of my money's worth out of it.

IIRC, it was about a month max before I started
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