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post #1 of 9
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Hey everyone I'm new here and was looking for some opinions on overclocking my computer. I haven't overclocked anything since I had my Athlon XP 1600+ @ 1900+ about 5 years ago.

Here are my Current Specs:

Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
KINGWIN Revolution RVT-9225 92mm H.D.T. CPU Cooler
4x512MB OCZ Gold DDR2 800
Windows Vista SP1

Basically I was wondering what settings I should change in the BIOS for a stable overclock, nothing too extreme. I run this pc 24/7 and don't game so I don't intend to overclock my videocard at all.

Thanks for your help!

EDIT: Here is a screenshot with my temperatures:

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post #2 of 9
Check out the AMD OC Guide in my sig, once you have read that you'll have a much better idea of where to start witht that X2 and what questions you have. Good luck and welcome to OCN!
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I had a 3800x2 windsor and I got it up to 2.6 ghz. The settings were 1.45 volts, 4x htt link, 260 fsb and ram at cpu/8 divider. The better windsors hit 2.7, but seeing as you have stock cooling, shoot for 2.5 or something. Make sure the temps stay below 55 degrees under load.
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post #4 of 9
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Thanks for the replies guys!

I'm not using stock cooling, here is my heatsink/fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835124017

With this hsf does 2.7 seem reasonable?
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Yeah, I'm at 2.9ghz @ 1.45v. Temps rarely hit 45c. I was running 2.6ghz on stock voltage/hsf, with no heat issues.
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Yeah, I'm at 2.9ghz @ 1.45v. Temps rarely hit 45c. I was running 2.6ghz on stock voltage/hsf, with no heat issues.
So I only need to change the voltage? That is the part that is confusing me, all of the settings in the bios.
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post #7 of 9
No, just increase the FSB multiplier, and don't touch anything else.

Fill out your system specs in your sig so we can better assist you.
post #8 of 9
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Success! I raised the FSB to 210 and CPU-Z shows my Processor at 2.3GHz. How can I tell how high I can go safely? Any recommendations on what I should set my FSB to?

I also set my RAM to 2.1V since thats what it is supposed to be at according to the manufacturer, but CPU-Z still says 1.8V so maybe it is a problem with the software.
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post #9 of 9
jp110099 everytime you rise your fsb u should run at least a 5-10min of orthos then u can start rising the fsb again....keep repeating untill it gives you an error then u start rising the vcore or lower the ram speed
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