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I've never tried overclocking before, so I'm a bit nervous. I'm not looking to make any big jumps or anything, just curious of what I can do

I've got an ASUS P4P800-SE mobo, P4 2.8GHz processor and a Zalman CNPS7000-AlCu heatsink. Current idle temperature for the CPU is about 41C with the fan on high, 38 on low.

What would be a good "baby step" for me to try? I've read over the guide, but I've always enjoyed personal advice Thanks

Oh, I read you guys like CPUZ:

http://www.davidrussell.ca/cpuz.png
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post #2 of 31
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Originally Posted by Davy
I've never tried overclocking before, so I'm a bit nervous. I'm not looking to make any big jumps or anything, just curious of what I can do

I've got an ASUS P4P800-SE mobo, P4 2.8GHz processor and a Zalman CNPS7000-AlCu heatsink. Current idle temperature for the CPU is about 41C with the fan on high, 38 on low.

What would be a good "baby step" for me to try? I've read over the guide, but I've always enjoyed personal advice Thanks

Oh, I read you guys like CPUZ:

http://www.davidrussell.ca/cpuz.png
Well I don't know about "baby steps" but I'd say if you keep your CPU load temps under 65C, you can easily get atleast 20-30% increase.

20% increase ~ 3.4ghz

30% increase ~ 3.6ghz
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post #3 of 31
First things first, lock your AGP/PCI/PCI-E, then start raising your FSB a litte at a time.

When you can't get any further you can raise your Vcore a notch and try again.

Perhaps show us a pic of the memory tab on CPUZ so we can see what divider you're on (you should set it to 1:1 for best performance).

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If I don't know what "First things first, lock your AGP/PCI/PCI-E" means, should I turn back now? haha.

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post #5 of 31
I think you have a northwood P4 because your mobo supports the Socket 478 and, as such, you should keep your load temps below 55C.
To check the type of your cpu (Northwood or Prescott) download cpu-z and run it.

**Edit: You should lock your PCI/AGP/PCIE bus speeds to 33.3/66.6/100 respectively. Look for those options in your bios overclocking settings.
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post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by z_one
I think you have a northwood P4 because your mobo supports the Socket 478 and, as such, you should keep your load temps below 55C.
To check the type of your cpu (Northwood or Prescott) download cpu-z and run it.
I did - screenshots are above. Says it's Prescott.
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post #7 of 31
lol.
Keep your Pressy under 65° load and you'll be ok.

Find your AGP (or PCIE) frequency and your PCI frequency and lock them to a 100 and 33, this way they don't increase when you increase your FSB.

EDIT: your divider's 1:1 so that's good, maybe one more screeny of the SPD tab so we can see what speeds your RAM can take
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post #8 of 31
Great... Precotts run a little hotter than Northwoods.
While a max load temp for the Precott would be 60C... load temps for the Northwood should remain under 55C.
Were you able to lock PCI/AGP/PCIE bus speeds ?
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post #9 of 31
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Sorry - had to go out for a bit. Back now. Here's the SPD tab screenshot: http://www.davidrussell.ca/spd.png

I didn't find the thing to lock PCI/AGP speeds. Upon looking around I found an option to "5% overclock" "10% overclock" .. up to 30%. Or, set it to manual. Would setting it to like, 5% be the easiest thing for a newb like myself?

Where abouts would I find the thing to lock speeds?
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post #10 of 31
Try setting it to "manual" and then you should see additional settings among which the option to lock PCI/AGP/PCIE bus speeds.

As Hyde said:
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Perhaps show us a pic of the memory tab on CPUZ so we can see what divider you're on (you should set it to 1:1 for best performance).
To check this... look under the "memory" tab.
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