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Hi I'm pretty new to overclocking. I read the Intel CPU OC guide and I am getting the hang of it. Just recently got a GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L and I'm using an Intel e6300 cpu and kingston pc4200 533 MHZ memory because that's what I had before. Also I just got an 8800gt so I want to overclock my cpu a bit because I think it's bottlenecking my card. After reading the guide I found a little performance boost at the following settings:

CPU: from 1.86GHz to 2.00GHz (287x7) vcore @ 1.33125v

Memory: the mobo has a feature apparently where it adjusts the memory so it went from 533MHz to 574MHz

I ran some games and the highest temp I ever got on the cpu was 32C and it seemed to help a bit. Especially when loading desktop upon bootup.

I just wanted to see if I was doing it correctly or if the settings are okay, I set it back to normal now. Also the mobo is able to support DDR2 1066 memory so would it be a good idea to buy some in the near future because it would give me more room to OC? because right now my memory is limiting the 1:1 factor.

P.S. I have a 9500LED Zalman Heatsink for the CPU.

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yep all your settings seem good, usually i raise the fsb before i raise the v-core. That way you can be sure you are getting the max from the vcore, and less heat as a result.

What you are changing in the BIOS is the FSB, which is linked to the CPU and the RAM. So when you increase the FSB speed, you increase both the CPU clockspeed and the RAM speed. If it starts to become unstable soon i recomend lowering your ram speed.

In the bios on the same page as you raised the FSB from there should be an option for FSB:RAM ratio. Change it to 1:1 to overclock your CPU as the RAM will start to go before the CPU.

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Thanks for the welcome and the info! I also had another question. As you said the FSB is what I'm overclocking. How exactly does it become a 1:1 ratio because the cpu i have is 1066FSB (or do you mean the fsb of the multiplier e.g. 266x7 would 266 be the fsb?). If not, then even if I get 1066 RAM then the cpu will start off as 1:1 with the RAM.
    
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Thanks for the welcome and the info! I also had another question. As you said the FSB is what I'm overclocking. How exactly does it become a 1:1 ratio because the cpu i have is 1066FSB (or do you mean the fsb of the multiplier e.g. 266x7 would 266 be the fsb?). If not, then even if I get 1066 RAM then the cpu will start off as 1:1 with the RAM.
I think i confused myself in the first post. You allready have a 1:1 ram ratio it would seem. I was forgetting that it was DDR2. doh.

The 1066fsb of your processor is quad pumped. which means that it is 4 times that of your fsb. So if you did get some 1066 ram you would have to set it manually to 1:1

I suggest 800mhz ram. PC2 6400. There are so good deals on these at the moment and some of them overclock really well. Although you won't have to worry about that until you reach a FSB of 400+ because if it were 400, then the ram would operate at 800 (400x2).

Also a CPUz screenshot would be handy, it can be downloaded here.

And when you test your new overclock for stability, it is best to run an application that uses both cores. Some good ones are:

prime 95
orthos

and what do you use to monitor the core temps?
Edited by Boyboyd - 5/21/08 at 3:52pm
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i agree with most but ram,i believe getting higher rated ram because its dirtcheap and good for future upgrades,imo
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that CPU will go quite a bit further than you have it now... you can probably get it to 3GHz with good cooling and new RAM.

If your MB has down multipliers for RAM that might be worth trying... that is, if it'll let you run your RAM at a slower speed than the CPU you should be able to push your CPU further. but definately a RAM upgrade is in order.
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Lol this post is from ages ago but I decided to thank everyone that replied, I'm running the same processor still now at 2.86 GHz with 40C Idle and 50C on full load. You guys gave some great advice and it feels great to be able to overclock

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keep going. i have my e6600 at 3.4ghz from stock 2.4ghz. i have exactly the same mobo at rev 2. bios is f7 i think. vcore at 1.4 in bios with 385x9. even though its been along time already since you first posted i want you to go further, atleast to 3ghz.
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