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After I get my 4GB of DDR2 RAM to add to my current 2GB and another DVD drive I want to overclock my processor to avoid bottleneck.

I just have a few questions;

Is my CPU cooler, case and motherboard good enough to overclock to 3.0ghz?
Is there a software by ASUS for example that will automaticly OC for me? Like say if I say for example.. Overclock to 2.8ghz it will do that for me sorting everything else out?

I'm a noob when it comes to overclocking, the times I have been told to do it are almost everyone on the forum.

All comments appreciated especially recommended upgrades for my build are great;

Current Upgrades
+ 4GB of Kingston DDR2 RAM (800mhz) £70
+ DVD Optical Drive
+ 2TB SATA, Western Digital HDD 64mb cache
(And maybe an SSD later on to install games and windows 7 onto.)

Thanks everyone.
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oh wow, you really do need more than 2GB of ram, that is the cause of any lag you are having. Windows 7 uses about 500MB, 250MB of apps like steam, services, so that leaves about 1GB for games. and most games fill up a whole 1GB of VRAM, let alone RAM.

Get 4 Gb, like, NOW. before your GTX470, before everything!
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And yea, that cooler is fine for 3ghz
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Is my CPU cooler, case and motherboard good enough to overclock to 3.0ghz?
Read a bit about how to test for stability an OCed CPU. The CPU cooler is good enough if load temps are kept below 65°C. I can't see how the case may influence this, except if it is so bad that it obstructs the airflow to the processor cooler. About the motherboard, you'll know when you try to OC, there's no recipe. What you can do is to see on the web what is the max FSB folks managed to push this board and see at what clock would your CPU be for that particular FSB and your stock multiplier.

My 2 cents: before starting, spend 2 hours and read a bit; OCing is reasonably safe if you know what you're doing, but if not your CPU may end up a very expensive key-chain. Automated software can toast your CPU just as well, they are all preceded by disclaimers saying they don't take responsibility for damage to your computer.
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oh wow, you really do need more than 2GB of ram, that is the cause of any lag you are having. Windows 7 uses about 500MB, 250MB of apps like steam, services, so that leaves about 1GB for games. and most games fill up a whole 1GB of VRAM, let alone RAM.

Get 4 Gb, like, NOW. before your GTX470, before everything!
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And yea, that cooler is fine for 3ghz
That's really helpful dude, thanks +rep.
I'm going to get this RAM and combine it with my curren 2x1GB set of DDR2.
Would this work? Also is it a good combination for gaming?
(http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133709)

Can a lack of RAM cause mean crashes in games?
(I run at 1080p, maxed out with DX11 in all of my games)
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That's really helpful dude, thanks +rep.
I'm going to get this RAM and combine it with my curren 2x1GB set of DDR2.
Would this work? Also is it a good combination for gaming?
(http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133709)

Can a lack of RAM cause mean crashes in games?
(I run at 1080p, maxed out with DX11 in all of my games)
1080P, DX11 needs 4GB, or i dont think games will boot.

and yea, games can crash if they aren't coded right, and the paging pool is empty.

Try and choose ram of similar timings and voltage, and mhz, brand isnt a issue.
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1. Your cooler is fine..KEEP YOUR CORE TMPERATURS UNDER 75C AT ALL TIME!!!

2. NO OCing via software is unstable and not recommended..


Here are my 3.0GHzGHz settings for you to try it out:

FSB freq = 400MHz
DRAM TIMINGS=5-5-5-15(rest on auto) or by memory spec
STRAP=AUTO
DRAM freq=800Mhz <<VERY IMPORTANT FOR STABILITY AS RUNNING RAM over 800MHz for you COULD BE UNSTABLE

DRAM STATIC READ CONTROL = DISABLED
DRAM READ TRAINING = DISABLED
OC charger=Enabled
AI booster=Enabled
Performance Level=10
7.5x CPU multiplier

Vcore=1.30V (or what Chip needs to hit 3.0GHz,add a bit if you crash)
CPU GTL = 0.63x
PLL=1.54V
FSB voltage=1.20V
DRAM voltage=2.0V (or what memory requires)
NBv=1.30V
SBv=1.1V
PCIE/SATA voltage=1.50V
CPU & PCIE Spread spectrum=Disable
CPU & NB skew=AUTO
Load Line Calibration=ENABLED

All options in CPU Configuration set @ DISABLE and CPU MULTI @ 7.5x

Make sure that you have GOOD aftermarket CPU cooling.. YOU DO

Stability TESTING:

1. Use Prime 95 LARGE FFT at least 6h test with lowest CPU multi 6x 400MHz FSB = 2.4GHz and stock Vcore to test FSB OC of the board.
(ALL OTHER SETTINGS USE FROM THE TEMPLATE THAT I POSTED)

2. If you pass P95 then upp CPU multi to whatever you want to hit (7.5x) and uppVcore sufficient for that OC..

3. Reboot to OS and test it with Intel Burn Test 20runs with MAX RAM and if you crash just add more Vcore and test again..

If you pass all tests then you`re ROCK SOLID..

KEEP YOU CORE TEMPERATURES UNDER 70C AT ALL TIME!!!!!

GOOD LUCK..

CHEERS..
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1. Your cooler is fine..KEEP YOUR CORE TMPERATURS UNDER 75C AT ALL TIME!!!
<br><br>2. NO OCing via software is unstable and not recommended..

<br><br><b>Here are my 3.0GHzGHz settings for you to try it out:</b><br>
<br>
FSB freq = 400MHz<br>
DRAM TIMINGS=5-5-5-15(rest on auto) or by memory spec<br>
STRAP=AUTO<br>
DRAM freq=800Mhz &lt;&lt;<font color="DarkRed">VERY IMPORTANT FOR STABILITY AS RUNNING RAM over 800MHz for you COULD BE UNSTABLE</font><br>
<br>
DRAM STATIC READ CONTROL = DISABLED<br>
DRAM READ TRAINING = DISABLED<br>
OC charger=Enabled<br>
AI booster=Enabled<br>
Performance Level=10<br>
7.5x CPU multiplier<br><br>
<font color="DarkRed">Vcore=1.30V (<b>or what Chip needs to hit 3.0GHz</b>,add a bit if you crash)</font><br>
CPU GTL = 0.63x<br>
PLL=1.58V<br>
FSB voltage=1.20V<br>
DRAM voltage=2.0V (or what memory requires)<br>
NBv=1.30V<br>
SBv=1.1V<br>
PCIE/SATA voltage=1.50V<br>
CPU &amp; PCIE Spread spectrum=Disable<br>
CPU &amp; NB skew=AUTO<br>
<font color="Red">Load Line Calibration=ENABLED<br>
</font><br>
All options in CPU Configuration set @ DISABLE and CPU MULTI @ 7.5x<br>
<br>
Make sure that you have GOOD aftermarket CPU cooling.. YOU DO<img src="images/smilies/tongue.gif" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" border="0"><br>
<br>
<b><u><font color="Blue">Stability TESTING:</font><br>
</u></b> <br>
<b><font color="Blue">1.</font></b> Use <b>Prime 95 LARGE FFT</b> at least <b>6h test</b> <b><u><font color="Blue">with lowest CPU multi 6x</font> </u></b>400MHz FSB = 2.4GHz <b><font color="Navy">and stock Vcore</font></b> <b><font color="Blue">to test FSB OC</font></b> of the board.<br>
(ALL OTHER SETTINGS USE FROM THE TEMPLATE THAT I POSTED) <br>
<br>
<font color="Blue"><b>2.</b></font> If you pass P95 then <b><font color="Blue">upp CPU multi</font></b> to whatever you want to hit (7x,8x,9x) and <b><font color="Blue">uppVcore</font></b> sufficient for that OC..<br>
<br>
<b><font color="Blue">3.</font></b> Reboot to OS and test it with <b><font color="Blue">Intel Burn Test 20runs</font></b> with MAX RAM and if you crash just add more Vcore and test again..<br>
<br>
If you pass all tests then you`re <b><font color="Green">ROCK SOLID</font></b>..<br>
<br>
<b><font color="DarkRed">KEEP YOU CORE TEMPERATURES <font color="Red">UNDER 70C </font>AT ALL TIME!!!!!</font></b><br>
<br>
GOOD LUCK..<br>
<br>
CHEERS..<very important="" as="" running="" over="" 800mhz="" could="" be="" unstable="" static="" control="DISABLED" read="" training="DISABLED" charger="Enabled" ai="" booster="Enabled" performance="" level="10" multiplier="" chip="" needs="" 3.6ghz,add="" a="" bit="" crash)="" gtl="0.65x" pll="1.58V" dram="" (or="" what="" memory="" requires)="" nbv="1.30V" sbv="1.2V" sata="" voltage="1.36V" pcie="" spread="" spectrum="Disable" &="" nb="" skew="AUTO" load="" line="" calibration="ENABLED" options="" in="" configuration="" set="" disable="" @="" 9x="" make="" sure="" have="" aftermarket="" cooling..="" do="" stability="" testing:="" 1.="" prime="" 95="" large="" fft="" least="" 6h="" lowest="" 6x="" 400mhz="" stock="" fsb="" oc="" of="" board.="" (all="" other="" settings="" use="" from="" the="" template="" i="" posted)="" 2.="" p95="" upp="" cpu="" multi="" whatever="" want="" hit="" (7x,8x,9x)="" uppvcore="" sufficient="" for="" that="" oc..="" 3.="" reboot="" to="" os="" it="" intel="" burn="" 20runs="" with="" max="" ram="" crash="" just="" add="" more="" vcore="1.450V" and="" test="" again..="" if="" pass="" tests="" then="" you`re="" rock="" solid..="" keep="" you="" core="" temperatures="" under="" 70c="" at="" all="" time!!!!!="" good="" luck..="" cheers..=""></very>

That post is brokened.
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Originally Posted by SpeedNuggeT View Post
1080P, DX11 needs 4GB, or i dont think games will boot.

and yea, games can crash if they aren't coded right, and the paging pool is empty.

Try and choose ram of similar timings and voltage, and mhz, brand isnt a issue.
Quote:
Originally Posted by KingT View Post
1. Your cooler is fine..KEEP YOUR CORE TMPERATURS UNDER 75C AT ALL TIME!!!

2. NO OCing via software is unstable and not recommended..


Here are my 3.0GHzGHz settings for you to try it out:

FSB freq = 400MHz
DRAM TIMINGS=5-5-5-15(rest on auto) or by memory spec
STRAP=AUTO
DRAM freq=800Mhz <<VERY IMPORTANT FOR STABILITY AS RUNNING RAM over 800MHz for you COULD BE UNSTABLE

DRAM STATIC READ CONTROL = DISABLED
DRAM READ TRAINING = DISABLED
OC charger=Enabled
AI booster=Enabled
Performance Level=10
7.5x CPU multiplier

Vcore=1.30V (or what Chip needs to hit 3.0GHz,add a bit if you crash)
CPU GTL = 0.63x
PLL=1.54V
FSB voltage=1.20V
DRAM voltage=2.0V (or what memory requires)
NBv=1.30V
SBv=1.1V
PCIE/SATA voltage=1.50V
CPU & PCIE Spread spectrum=Disable
CPU & NB skew=AUTO
Load Line Calibration=ENABLED

All options in CPU Configuration set @ DISABLE and CPU MULTI @ 7.5x

Make sure that you have GOOD aftermarket CPU cooling.. YOU DO

Stability TESTING:

1. Use Prime 95 LARGE FFT at least 6h test with lowest CPU multi 6x 400MHz FSB = 2.4GHz and stock Vcore to test FSB OC of the board.
(ALL OTHER SETTINGS USE FROM THE TEMPLATE THAT I POSTED)

2. If you pass P95 then upp CPU multi to whatever you want to hit (7.5x) and uppVcore sufficient for that OC..

3. Reboot to OS and test it with Intel Burn Test 20runs with MAX RAM and if you crash just add more Vcore and test again..

If you pass all tests then you`re ROCK SOLID..

KEEP YOU CORE TEMPERATURES UNDER 70C AT ALL TIME!!!!!

GOOD LUCK..

CHEERS..
Okay, thanks guys.
I will upgrade my RAM to 6GB hopefully and update this thread once I have done in order to overclock my Q8300 to 3.0ghz
(Does it void the warranty?, Can Intel tell if you overclock your processor?)
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Originally Posted by DannyTheGamer View Post
Okay, thanks guys.
I will upgrade my RAM to 6GB hopefully and update this thread once I have done in order to overclock my Q8300 to 3.0ghz
(Does it void the warranty?, Can Intel tell if you overclock your processor?)
Stay with 4GB. 6GB is triple channel, and will not run on the LGA775 platform.
Also, follow that guys overclocking guide, it's spot on
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