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Hi guys, after a while of getting bored with my computer (and not having money to get something new) I decided to try overclocking. I just wanted to get people's opinions and make sure I am doing this stuff right.
Firstly, I have an Athlon 3800 socket 939 with 3 gigs of DDR400 ram on an Asus a8n5x board.

First picture is all default settings on the BIOS:


Second picture is with some minor tweaking:

All I did was raise the FSB from 200 to 225, didn't touch anything else. I'm still reading up on overclocking the memory and changing the timings and all that, so I haven't touched that yet.

One question I do have though, why in the default settings is the ram running at 333 mhz when it should be running at 400mhz?

Other than that, does anyone have any tips? Anything would be greatly appreciated. Once I learn how to properly overclock, I hope to teach a couple friends.

Edit: Oh ya, I forgot to add: Apparently my motherboard automatically increased the voltage to the cpu. Is is a good thing?
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First thing is fill in a sig rig to help everyone out. Then manually set your cpu vcore. You then need to run prime95 and core temp to make sure you don't overheat it. Check out the downloads section for the software you need. Im not familar with AMD so someone will help you out.
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Nwshc, looks good so far. For socket 939 you'll want to keep your HT below 1000mhz. You can run up to 1080-1100mhz but you might run into stability issues. Simply changing your HT multiplier from 5x to 4x would bring that number down.
Make sure your also overclocking with a matching pair of memory. This is typically recommend because the timings, speeds ect will match. This could be also why your memory is not running at PC3200 speeds. Is there a reason why you need 3GB of memory? The more sticks of memory the more stress it puts on the IMC (integrated memory controller). That could also limit your OC.
Here is an excellent guide that should shed some light on your questions: http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...ing-guide.html

Let us know if you have more questions. Make sure to also use programs such as Prime95/Orthos when testing for stability.

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