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Ok, I am currently planning on upgrading my mobo so I'll be able to OC. My question is abotu how high do you think I can overclock my Athlon 64 x2 4200+ 2.2GHz to using this
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128335
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835887002
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your question is a very broad question, a person's OC limit varies from anywhere a 1mhz..or a 1000mhz. it all depends on how well each piece of hardware u have together can perform. and as for the cooler id recommend the Zerotherm nirvana 120, its well worth it IMO and i'm using and it certainly does keep things cool. and also i helped a friend put together a rig not too long ago with that board and that board is great! its got all the options u'd need for any OC'er. just hvae fun and experiment. and besure to read up some amd oc'ing guides we have here if you haven't. and just to let you get a headstart, when youre gonna OC, don't use 3 sticks of ram, use 2 sticks only..and esp. when ur rams are not matched sets im guessing. boards tends to not like mix and match when oc'ing it puts the mem controller at dead end when ppl do that. and id recommend uprading to a 2x 1GB pc6400 kit for more milage. =] and you DEFINITELY need a better psu.. get a 500 watt or 600watt and ofcourse one of decent quality. those cosair psu's are excellent. the HX series for modular. and OCZ's are great aswell and many more..just not gonna get anywhere with that 300w of yours...FYI
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Ok so you have an x11 multiplier, that means your memory will be under clocked by around 50mhz. (because its an odd multiplier) So that leaves your around 25mhz leeway on your FSB, with out having to use a memory divider.

and at stock 1.3-1.35 vcore you should easily be able to put your FSB to 225, so long as you set your HT link to x4

so you are looking at these numbers with out even trying.
11x225=2.475ghz
400mhz memory, assuming you are using ddr2 800
and a 900mhz HT link.

This is an almost guaranteed overclock, and I am pretty sure you can push it as far as 2.6, just remember since its DDR2 always keep your RAM command rate at 2T, unless your under clocking your memory, and unless you have some good ram, most ram will fail, 10-20mhz above the rated speed. Give it a shot, and see what you come up with.

oh and that cpu cooler is going to be like overkill, because I am pretty sure your motherboard will not be able to handle high Vcores with out drooping.
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how can i just oc my cpu...dont really wana oc the memory
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you have to understand this, the Front Side Bus is what you are overclocking, which overclocks EVERYTHING in your system, that you do not set a divider on. That means your PCIe bus, your PCI bus, your Memory controller, and your memory, and anything else that s there.

There is only one way to overclock just the CPU and that is by increasing the multiplier, and only Black edition AMDs, and older FXs series Chips have upward unlocked multipliers, on any other AMD chip, you can only decrease the multiplier, which just under clocks it.

now I am telling you this, right now, since your AMD has a multiplier of x11 your ram will be under clocked by default, this happens for some reason on AM2 platforms with a odd multiplier. So if you have ddr2 667 ram, it will still be under clocked, and will not run at the rated speed.

here just do this, leave everything on on auto, expect for your Hypertransport link, put that at x4 or 800mhz, depending on how your MB has it. Then find your FSB, which should be at stock 200mhz, and raise that up to 220-225, save and quit, load into windows, and run two instances of Prime 95 for about 2 hours, you need to run two different tests in prime because you have two cores and in order for you to test stability you need to stress both cores.

2 hours of prime stress testing with out errors usually means you have general stability, 6-8 hours of prime stress testing with out errors means you have rock solid stability.
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