Hello e5200 gurus...
First let me just say, I am very impressed with the numbers you guys have put up. Quite impressive. Since you guys seem to know how to push this CPU to just before burnout, let me pick your brains. I know in 300 or so pages this has probably been covered but it's 300 pages... Please excuse me.
I'm going to try to break this down into logical parts.
My Goal: To get my E5200 to run at a 1066 FSB.
Secondary Goal: Keep the chip at 3.3ghz but this is not necessary. Even if I have to step it back a little bit but can still run the FSB at 1066, I'd be happy.
The Gear I have:
CPU: E5200 2.5ghz (you know the specs better than me)
Cooling: Stock Intel HSF I am willing to swap this out but I'll need advice on good aftermarket HSFs.
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Pretty nice board based on the reviews and the little I know. Can run 800-1600 (OC) FSB.
Memory: G.Skill 2x2gb DDR2 1066. If I can save money by OCing, I might bump this up to 8gb.
Two extra ram modules will cost me ~$50 and a HSF isn't too expensive, right? I figure I'd still be below the cost of a new CPU.
Where I am now:
Everything is running at stock except for a few things. I've changed my RAM's voltage and timing to the recommended. In my case, it's 6-6-6-18 and 2.0v
I also have the Intel Step down power saving stuff disabled. My machine runs at 2.5ghz always.
This is a screen grab of Real Temp 3 and CPU-Z. This isn't under any load or anything. Just average use. Couple of programs open... I think those are pretty decent temps.
The environment: It's Summer here and the room gets stuffy and hot. Whenever I'm here, I have the AC running and I don't really leave my computer running when I'm not home and the AC is off.
During the winter, it gets cold here. Shivering cold. I rarely use the heat. I don't think ambient temps will play a big role in the OCing but you guys are the experts and I'm the one begging for help so you can decide.
What I've tried so far and the catastrophe that ensued:
1. Set the PCI-E Frequency from Auto to 100
2. Set the Memory Multiplier SPD to 4.00A
3. Enabled CPU Host and set it to 266
4. Changed the CPU Termination to 1.3v
5. Changed the MCH Cor to 1.20v
What happened was I got to the post screen, it didn't load all the way and then the computer shut off and then tried to restart.
So folks, what do you think? Remember I'm an absolute noob at this so please take it easy. If you need any more info, please ask.
Thank you for your time,