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I'm pretty new into the world of overclocking and I've been reading the articles here and other places to get myself ready for a nice bump in speed for my pc.

I have:

OCZ 520 watt PSU
AMD X2 4400 stock voltage
MSI Diamond Plus SLI 16
OCZ El Plat R2 DDR-400 2.8v
eVGA 7800GT

I'm using stock cooling in an Antec P-180 case. I'd really appreciate some advice on where to start. I was thinking about lowering the cpu multiplier and the memory divider and incrementing the FSB as my first move. Is this a good starting place or should I be looking at something else. What can I expect to get with the OCZ memory and the X2 for reasonable overclocks?
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post #2 of 17
Yes finding your maximum HTT is usually the first step, and what you intend to do is the correct method. Next, you need to find your maximum cpu overclock and just run an aggressive divider so you take the memory completely out of the equation. Then see where you can push your memory. I will run a divider that puts my memory at a higher frequency then my cpu just to find this out. Once you have all this data then you can find the best combination of HTT, HT multiplier, memory divider, etc. For example my system runs best at a 360 HTT @ 8x cpu multiplier, 2.5x HT multiplier (1000MHz and below ideal), and memory running at 133MHz divider. With this my cpu frequency = 2880MHz, HT frequency = 900MHz, and my memory is running at 241MHz with these settings. You might have to play around with memory timings and your voltages for both your cpu and memory, but it will come. It will take some time, patience, and a willingness to learn to find you best overclock for system performance. Good luck, looks like you are off to a great start.
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post #3 of 17
Heres my 2cents...

Usually HTT should be at around 3x. I usually bump FSB up by 5 first till it crashes then play with the multiplier and dividers.
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ya got anice procesor and awesome mobo to work with there. gl and post back any questions if you get stuck after you do what euphori says.
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I will put my Memory on the slowest divider and work on CPU speed, last thing I do is to tighten up RAM timings and speed, also try this link for OCs with that RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Custra...82E16820146890
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post #6 of 17
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So I finally had the time to stress test the CPU + MB + RAM

I got the MB upto 305 for the HTT/FSB

I got the CPU upto 11x 238 HTT/FSB before erroring on one of the cores in Prime95 with a 5 minute test.

I couldn't get past 210 HTT/FSB with timings of 2-2-2-5 CR 1T.


What's my next move?

Thanks in advance =)
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post #7 of 17
I would say get a better heatsink. The Big Typhoon seems to be a popular (and proven) choise with a little bit of AS5 aswell
    
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Originally Posted by Niko-Time
I would say get a better heatsink. The Big Typhoon seems to be a popular (and proven) choise with a little bit of AS5 aswell
Already using the AS5 compound =)

Also... I dont see a place to change my HTT multiplier in the BIOS. Clues?
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post #9 of 17
Good deal on already having the AS5. I also have the x2 4400 and I just got mine to 240x11, so about the same. I agree about the heatsink. I have the big typhoon and it does good by me. What are your temps by the way?
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33-34 idle

~55 full load both cores with prime 95 running on both.
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