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What motherboard do you have exactly? 1000MHz HT Link isn't right, that's stock for the old Athlon dual cores (K8 architecture). Sounds like you might have a really old motherboard. That could put a problem on overclocking later on.

And you do NOT have CPU-NB voltage? If that's the case, keep your HT and NB as close to stock as possible then. Your clock settings and voltages should be all bone stock right now. Which is a good thing, you should now slowly be able to raise things and find your limits.
Let me try to look on newegg for the exact motherboard.

I believe this is the exact one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-202-_-Product
My brother bought his motherboard here as well and I remember it being in the $40 range.
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Let me try to look on newegg for the exact motherboard.

I believe this is the exact one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-202-_-Product
My brother bought his motherboard here as well and I remember it being in the $40 range.
That board says it supports 2000MHz HT, so that should be fine. Unless you need to flash the BIOS on it to get it to work properly. That could very easily be. That USED to be just an AM2 only motherboard, but it seems after updates it's now an AM3 compatible board.
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That board says it supports 2000MHz HT, so that should be fine. Unless you need to flash the BIOS on it to get it to work properly. That could very easily be. That USED to be just an AM2 only motherboard, but it seems after updates it's now an AM3 compatible board.
It has easy access flash and back up bios options. As well as a cd that comes with a bunch of programs including an instant-flash program for bios.

Where would I check for a newer BIOS to this motherboard? Also, seeing from the CPU-ID program, under BIOS it says American Megatrends Inc. Version P1.30 - Date: 04/26/2010.

But yeah, it only gives an option of x5 which says 1000 HT when at 200 FSB. When I raise the FSB however, the HT Mhz raises as well.

I also seem to notice a little more issue occurance when NB Frequency is raised above x8 which usually is 1800-2000 Mhz. Wouldn't raising the NB Frequency be better not worse? It sucks to not know much about a subject as this.

http://www.asrock.com/MB/overview.asp?Model=N68-S UCC

that's my motherboard on the ASRock site
Edited by CMproGamer - 1/12/11 at 4:48pm
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Upgrading the graphics card is going to benefit you over anything else you could do... Screwing with memory timings isn't going to get you very fare.
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Your computer should be fine for most games but the video card is the weakest link. You have DDR2 800mhz ram not 400 mhz ram. There is no such thing as DDR2 400mhz ram. The number you see in CPUz needs to be multiplied by 2 in order to get the real value.
    
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It has easy access flash and back up bios options. As well as a cd that comes with a bunch of programs including an instant-flash program for bios.

Where would I check for a newer BIOS to this motherboard? Also, seeing from the CPU-ID program, under BIOS it says American Megatrends Inc. Version P1.30 - Date: 04/26/2010.

But yeah, it only gives an option of x5 which says 1000 HT when at 200 FSB. When I raise the FSB however, the HT Mhz raises as well.

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http://www.asrock.com/MB/overview.asp?Model=N68-S UCC

that's my motherboard on the ASRock site
Stock NB is 2000, just like stock HT is 2000. The only reason its lower is because your board doesn't have the proper features.

Try looking at ASRock's website, and get the LATEST BIOS there. That might solve your HT and NB problems. Once those are worked out, you can then get a pretty decent overclock out of it .
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Stock NB is 2000, just like stock HT is 2000. The only reason its lower is because your board doesn't have the proper features.

Try looking at ASRock's website, and get the LATEST BIOS there. That might solve your HT and NB problems. Once those are worked out, you can then get a pretty decent overclock out of it .
Yeah there seems to be a dozen BIOS updates since this BIOS's version. http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.as...8-S UCC&o=BIOS
Which of the top 3 should I select to use to flash my BIOS? Which is the easiest?

By the way, thank you all for the info you've shared.
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Yeah there seems to be a dozen BIOS updates since this BIOS's version. http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Model=N68-S UCC&o=BIOS
Which of the top 3 should I select to use to flash my BIOS? Which is the easiest?
Depends on what operating system you have. If you have Windows 7 x64, use that one.
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Depends on what operating system you have. If you have Windows 7 x64, use that one.
The latest version has 3 Install option choice downloads.
Install Flash
DOS
Windows

Which should I download? And each description says "1.Patch Ghost program under MS-DOS via DVD-ROM. 2. Update CPU Code."

I have no clue how to actually update BIOS. And I am aware that if done wrong it could do some unfriendly damage. Also, if I have to use a blank CD with the image? I don't have any. I do have flash drives though.
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L3 cache helps in games but only a bit. More likely it's the video card.
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