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Either ones mate. If i can get a decent 1GB stick for now that will do. Im not fussed aslong as its better than what I have
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Well a couple of suggestions would be:

2Gb Kits (2x1Gb Modules)

G.Skill 2GB DDR HZ PC4000 (2x1GB) CAS3 Dual £146

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC4000 Dual Channel Gold GX XTC Series £176

1GB Kits (2x 512Mb Modules)

Mushkin 1GB DDR XP4400 Extreme Performance Dual Channel Kit (2x512MB) £135

Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3500LL Pro TwinX (2x512MB) £135

This is not an exhausive list but i will give you some pointers in the right direction
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Excellent, thank you. Ill look into them later on and see what ones to get.

Ok, so how do I overclock my CPU?????
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I see you ready to move right along...

First thing I did when I was learning, (still Learning) , was to use the vast resources that makes this site remarkable. go to the Overclock.net threads directory under AMD Overclocking or let me see..

http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherboards/
(you need to know your motherboard well)

then-----

http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/

then-----

http://www.overclock.net/amd-memory/

study these three threads (say that 3 times) and you will have plenty of first hand information to get you started. Just post as you have questions and before you know it that 3500 should be dialed in.

hope I was of some help, I know that many of the other members will chime in to help out as well. Good luck!
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Excellent, thanks for all your help. Ill give it a go and if I get stuck ill scream for help.

Before I start, is there anything bad that can go wrong that will damage the CPU?
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OC potential really differs depending on the chip used, and actually where it was placed on the initial silicon wafer when it was made.

Though you don't know where your CPU core was placed on the wafer back then... after OC'ing it, you get a good feel for it.
The cores from the middle of the wafer are thos who commonly clock the best, and are used for high end CPUs, though sometimes mistakes happen and a high end CPU get put into the wrong box (with low end cores).

Every single chip or core OCs differently, and you can't really ask about that in a forum like this, because people honestly don't know. You can on the other hand get a good feel for how high your CPU can go by looking at different OC databases, where people send in their results for other people to look at.

One of the largest factors is how many amps on the 3.3v rail the PSU can deliver ( as this rail is used to power the vcore).

Cooling is a wise thing to consider. AMD 64s OC well on their stock coolers, better on a good air cooler, but they really kick ass when placed in a water-cooled environment.


You have to consider different risks when playing with overclocking. Though today it is nearly impossible to kill a CPU by ocing it too much. But other parts are very vulnerable, especially RAM and the northbridge. as a rule, get a new north bridge cooler instead of the stock one, as the chip gets a little hotter when overclocking (and as a asus owner, you should know this: the stock asus plastic cooler sux.)
If using high voltages on the RAM chips, consider cooling them with heatsinks or RAM coolers unless they already have that
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