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I not too new to overclocking as I do it to my video cards when they start becoming obsolete, but lately it seems like my 2600+ isn't cutting it anymore. I don't have the money to buy all new everything so I figured until I can save up the cash I'd overclock my processor. So I have 2 questions:

1) I heard something a long time ago that these old AMDs need to be unlocked. How would I unlock it and what would I have to do after that to get it to at least 2.2Ghz?

2) Heatsinks. What would be the most cost effective aircooled one out there to keep my CPU from melting to the board for the speed I'm looking to obtain?

Thanks in advanced, Ron.
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What is the multi at, and what type of ram do you have
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What is the multi at, and what type of ram do you have
Multi= 11.5
RAM= 512mb DR266 + 512mb DDR333 (I'm replacing the DDR266 later this week with 1.5 gb worth of DDR333 so it all matches)

The CPU is also a Barton if that helps at all.
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Well first of all i'd say you should get some PC3200 (200Mhz) to give you a bit of head room otherwise you'll struggle to get that 2.2Ghz, but that's where the multi comes in, if we can get that up then the FSB doesn't really matter so much.

I've had a look on the net and so far this is all i can come up with for the Unlocking thing, i know that you can scratch down to reveal the copper contacts on the L2 bus the fill them in with a conductive compound then seal it with a laquer but i don't know the pin configurations... sorry.
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The only way to OC a locked Barton is with the FBS.Make sure the agp is locked.There is away to unlock the CPU I think.It seems I read it here on OC. I was just OCing a xp1800 two days ago for a friend of mine with FBS.Try to keep the memory 1.1 if you can
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I just clocked a 2600 barton, here's some info for clocking with a locked multiplier.

http://www.techtastic.ca/reviews3/barton-2600.html
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Set the multi to 11, set a cpu/ ram divider to 6:5 then up the fsb to 200, that shoud leave you with 2200mhz
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron Overdrive
I not too new to overclocking as I do it to my video cards when they start becoming obsolete, but lately it seems like my 2600+ isn't cutting it anymore. I don't have the money to buy all new everything so I figured until I can save up the cash I'd overclock my processor. So I have 2 questions:

1) I heard something a long time ago that these old AMDs need to be unlocked. How would I unlock it and what would I have to do after that to get it to at least 2.2Ghz?

2) Heatsinks. What would be the most cost effective aircooled one out there to keep my CPU from melting to the board for the speed I'm looking to obtain?

Thanks in advanced, Ron.
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What OCing is dependant on several things.
Your FHS, an OEM unit will inhibit your OCing, an aftermarket FHS will better cool the additional heat from upping the vcore. The RAM on the other hand may also restrict the OC. The TT Volcano 12 is a great FHS on the cheep, about $32
On the vcore and CPU/FHS.
Whatever you end up upping the vcore to, be sure your full load temps do not excede 55c.
On the RAM.
DDR400 will run a bit faster with the default imings if you up the vdimm... most RAM can safelly run 2.7-2.8v and give you some extra bus speed.
So the quick easy OC with DDR400 is to up your vcore to 1.8 and try a 200 FSB.
Getting beyond that takes some work!
Always test for stability.

BTW, an unlocked 2600+ Barton is RARE so you are probably stuck with the 11.5x
    
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I have a amd2600 barton too .. can someone teach me step by step to get me through the oc process to 2.2 ghz or higher ? ... sry my first time ocing
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Dont hijack someone elses thread!!!
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