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ok this is my setup

MOBO: 754 Socket DFI LAN PARTY NFORCE 3 250GB
CPU: AMD 3200+ 64 Bit Newcastle Core 754 2.2ghz
Ram:1536mb/1.5GB Corsair Value Timing 3-3-4-8
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Graphics: BFG 6600GT 128MB OC , 550 Core/1050 Memory Clock

Anyhow My question is im running this cheap ram right now and I was thinking of upgrading to something better because ive been trying to overclock my CPU but the only thing I can get it to run stable at is around 2.45ghz from 2.2ghz, I would like to be able to run stable around 2.6-2.7ghz. I was thinking upgrading my memory would help me do so but I wanted to get some opinions from you guys on what memory to buy I had these two in mind.
http://shop3.outpost.com/product/382...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
http://shop3.outpost.com/product/422...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
My question is, is it better to overclock with a higher rated memory such as pc3700 or is it better to have lower timings to begin with any suggestions on memory would be greatly appreciated.
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Well your memory will have very little impact on your CPU speed. If you think your Ram is limiting you, use a divider other than the 1:1 ratio.
If you do want to keep the 1:1 ratio, then you'll need Ram with good headroom as opposed to tight timings
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Well your memory will have very little impact on your CPU speed. If you think your Ram is limiting you, use a divider other than the 1:1 ratio.
If you do want to keep the 1:1 ratio, then you'll need Ram with good headroom as opposed to tight timings
The reason why I think my memory is affecting me is because I used to run Kingston Hyper X Memory and I could overclock to 2.52ghz and it ran very stable but when I had a stick burn up on me I switched to the cheaper corsair for a temporary fix but with using this memory if I try to overclock near 2.5ghz I get a blue screen about 10 mins into use. As I mentioned im very new to this so when you speak of divider do you mean overclocking the memory?
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The reason why I think my memory is affecting me is because I used to run Kingston Hyper X Memory and I could overclock to 2.52ghz and it ran very stable but when I had a stick burn up on me I switched to the cheaper corsair for a temporary fix but with using this memory if I try to overclock near 2.5ghz I get a blue screen about 10 mins into use. As I mentioned im very new to this so when you speak of divider do you mean overclocking the memory?
You set your memory speed on a different ratio to your FSB. You should have options in your bios to either set Memory speed to 200/166/133 etc or on a ration Eg. 9/10ths, 5/6ths etc. That way, you can slow down your Ram and continue raising your CPU speed.
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yes, you should use a dividor. I'm not familar w/ you rboard so I can't tell you exactly how to do it... but there will be a setting about max mem speed or memory ratio or memory dividor. Just switch it to a lower number/ratio/dividor or whatever. This will allow you to OC your cpu and not your RAM. You will have to see what will work best for your rig.

Always use memtest to test your RAM for sability when you change the frequency or timings.

then prime your system to make sure it is sable

oh, one other thing. Don't buy Corsair RAM if you are planning on overclocking. Corsair is getting out of the high end memory business.
also, you might want to take a look at this thread here.
http://www.overclock.net/amd-memory/...ghlight=RAMGuy
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