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I have tried to make it to 4GHz before with no luck, but since then I have gotten better cooling and added a dual PSU setup to lighten the load on my good PSU. I tried again last night and still couldn't make it to Windows at anything above 3.9 GHz. It says that Windows/System32/System is corrupt or missing. I looked around and found this thread which went nowhere so I decided to post a new topic in hopes of getting some results. I have determined that it is probably not my PSU as I have 26A on the +12V and only have that PSU powering my Mobo/CPU and GPU. My gereric 300W is powering all my fans, HDDs and DVD drives. The file it says is corrupt turns out to be a device driver, which makes me curious to see what it actually controls. A few things could be causing this, I believe it may be my RAM, my SATA HDD or my Northbrigde that is giving out, any outside input would be helpful as I know my CPU could make it past 4GHz easy but I'm not sure about the rest of the system.
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You tried running a divider or adding more volts or sumthing???

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Tried the 1.33 divider at the highest voltage for the RAM (2.85) with 3-4-4-8 timings and have also gone up to 1.525V for the Vcore. I have also tried many PSU configurations with different PSU's powering all different parts, I doubt the PSU is keeping it from getting to windows, maybe the HDD though, anybody have any experience here? Anything would be greatly appreciated.
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The answer lies in the northbridge and the voltage regulation chips on the motherboard. to get more out of your chip you will need to perform many voltmods. Unfortunately i dont see any for your board. My mother board seems to want to crap out at around 255mhz FSB . What I would recommend trying first would be adding some ramsinks to the tops of the hottest mosfets. You will be able to find them around the CPU they get really hot. this may allow you to squeeze a few extra mhz out of that chip. But from what I have seen most 3.0e chips clock to around the 3.75-4ghz depending on cooling and luck.
    
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Tried the 1.33 divider at the highest voltage for the RAM (2.85) with 3-4-4-8 timings and have also gone up to 1.525V for the Vcore. I have also tried many PSU configurations with different PSU's powering all different parts, I doubt the PSU is keeping it from getting to windows, maybe the HDD though, anybody have any experience here? Anything would be greatly appreciated.

I have gotten my 3.0E up to 4205 stable--I run 1.6 Vcore 2.65 VDimm I have the RAM set to 266 in BIOS and it runs underclocked like that at 2 X 180 in a "divider" so the over volting on the RAM is prolly not required. After a month 24/7 Folsing with 2 cores at 100% I started having device driver errors that caused window to reboot and pop up a stop error message. So I backed down to 3858 (257X15) and run the RAM at 320 with a slight OC of 2 X 110

different boards, chipsets have different abilitie to keep it together under intense OC. Maybe cooling the chipset would help stabilize the system--I think it was some sort of memory error that dropped me off from 4205--but the RAM is happy slightly OCed--underclocked it might have been unhappy I still wonder.

Sounds like you might be getting held back by the board.

If you have cash to throw at it try using faster RAM so you can run a higher FSB without a divider--that's what I plan to do to get back to 4205.
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Thanks for the help guys. I found this on another forum which basically says what you all said.
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Then problem is somewhere other than the system file. This type problem can occur if you overclock and your system is instable due to the it. It can occur if your power supply is failing or inadequate. It can occur if your RAM is in trouble (there are a couple causes for that). It can occur if your hard drive is beginning to fail. It can occur if your system motherboard drivers are missing or incorrect.
I probably won't make it to 4GHz since I really don't want to put any more money into this computer (waiting for Conroe/AM2, Vista and DX10 cards). I might try the ramsinks on the mosfets or buying a new cooler for the NB but other than that I don't think I am going to play with it too much. Using a temp gun I found that the mosfets are around 115F when I was folding at 3.75GHz, so I know those are roasty toasty when I try for 4GHz. I already modded the NB cooler, slapped a 40mm fan on it and put AS5 on the chip but I still think it is getting really hot because using that temp gun the HSF was at 90F. To CyberDruid, what stepping was your 3.0E that you got past 4GHz?
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Yeah, mine's D0, might be a difference there too.
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That could be a sticking point--according to Ropey the EO is the clocker of the bunch. Got lucky I guess.
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That could be a sticking point--according to Ropey the EO is the clocker of the bunch. Got lucky I guess.
Yea sorry RyGuy, you got a pretty bad stepping, but still have a chance, i think you Northbridge is restricting your overclock, i change motherboards to this awsome P4P800-SE and seems like it could go forever, I believe someones selling one on here too, you should check it out possiblke
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