Originally Posted by adoit90
Oh boy. I've got some fun ahead of me then. Out of curiosity, what are the chances of me frying any component of my system through trial and error? I've read about chances of corrupting HDD; how likely is it?
The only way to 'fry' a component is to overvolt it. You need to have a look around and see what the max voltage is for you RAM so you dont go over that.
What I did when I was tuning my RAM was this.
My stock timings where 7-7-7-20.. so I changed it to 6-7-7-20 and see if it posted. It didnt so I changed it to 7-6-7-20 then it posted. I then tried 7-6-6-20 and so on. This was on stock voltages because mine were already pretty high. If you were to raise your voltage raise it only 1 'notch' and then fiddle with your timings again, I.E. try 6-6-6-20 with the new voltage.
This was only for my timings.. if you want to put your speed up on your RAM do that first, then tune the timings.
When you think you have push your RAM enough and you can POST, use this
program to make sure it is 100% stable.. run it about full 5 times
Your data may corrupt if you have incorrect timings/speed and use them, that is boot into windows with bad settings. If you do Memtest86+ before you even think about booting into windows you will see if your timings/speed are good or not to use.