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Im new to overclocking. In fact, this is the first pc i've built, and i havent done any overclocking on it at all.

To start out- my main problem, or so I am told, is that i have a MSI P6N Diamond 680i board, which, according to my IT friend, is a lottery of a board, and while i could have a great board, i could also have one that can easily fry my memory if i fiddle with it too much.

Well I didnt know this when i bought the damn thing, but now i guess im stuck with it. So here is my dilemma - I want to make my timings, voltages and multiplyer set up for more stable performance, but i dont want to fry any of my hardware.

The voltage that my memory wants is 2.1 - however when i booted my computer it was set to 1.8, and i have been told i was lucky it even booted.

Right now here is what i have going:

Reference Clock (fsb): 239
Cpu Mulitplier: 9.0x
Cpu core frequency: 2403mhz
FSB Frequency : 1068 (QDR) Mhz
Memory Bus frequency: 801(DDR2)Mhz


So basically I want to optimize this machine primarily for video editing, 3d animation and rendering, and gaming (TF2 primarily).

What do i need to do to make my computer run as best and efficiently that it can?
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Well - despite what your IT friend says...you don't "Fry" your memory when making subtle changes slowly and deliberatly. In fact - as long as you don't try to OC it 1GHz at a time....you will have warning signs galore before any damage could possibly be done.

Start with the basics. STart making small increases in your FSB - maybe 15 - 20 each pass. Boot up with those settings and run Prime for a while. Play a little of a game or something and check the system for instability. If it's good - then take the next step up another 20FSB or so.

As long as you are testing between each increase...you will never be in a situation where it just suddenly implodes on itself.

As to RAM...your timings aren't really going to Fry anything. The voltage of 2.1v is pretty standard amongst high performance RAM. Changing the voltage to 2.1V might give a RED Warning in NVidia monitor - but that is the published spec needed to maintain that timing and I PROMISE you that it won't burn up running at it's stock settings.

You actually don;t even have to overclock the RAM if your concerned...it will probably be perfect at stock speeds.
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Well - despite what your IT friend says...you don't "Fry" your memory when making subtle changes slowly and deliberatly. In fact - as long as you don't try to OC it 1GHz at a time....you will have warning signs galore before any damage could possibly be done.

Start with the basics. STart making small increases in your FSB - maybe 15 - 20 each pass. Boot up with those settings and run Prime for a while. Play a little of a game or something and check the system for instability. If it's good - then take the next step up another 20FSB or so.

As long as you are testing between each increase...you will never be in a situation where it just suddenly implodes on itself.

As to RAM...your timings aren't really going to Fry anything. The voltage of 2.1v is pretty standard amongst high performance RAM. Changing the voltage to 2.1V might give a RED Warning in NVidia monitor - but that is the published spec needed to maintain that timing and I PROMISE you that it won't burn up running at it's stock settings.

You actually don;t even have to overclock the RAM if your concerned...it will probably be perfect at stock speeds.
That was a very good statement. The only thing I can add is to make sure you keep an eye on your temps. You can download coretemp or realtemp for this. You can also test your RAM with memtest.
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@ clbkdaz - Wow! Thank you for that helpful response. When I have some time I will work on it a bit.

@ gibsonnova74 - I did download memtest but i never got it to work... gotta try again.

I do run Intel Thermal Analysis tool, and my cpu temps stay below 37 under load. How can I monitor the temp and/or cool the ram? I doubt I'll need to, but I suppose it couldn't hurt to ask.
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i see you have a 680i board. you can unlink your memory and dont have to touch it when you overclock so killing your ram will be hard to do on that board if you know what your doing.
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