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 Post subject: How overclocking friendly is my rig?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:44 am 
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hey guys im relitively new to the forums here, and i have been contemplating overclocking my custom built rig for a while now, and its time to finally do something about it. my specs are:

2.4 Northwood P4 533 fsb
Abit-AI7 mobo w/i865PE chipset
Radeon 9800 Pro 128 meg
4 western digital 74 gig Raptors in a Raid 0 array
1 micro advantage cd burner
1 lite-on 16x DVD burner
and the max number if fans my case will carry which is 5.
an aftermarket cpu fan by vantec

lots of replies would be gratefully appreciated, and maybee some links to how i can get this done.

P.S. my mobo has this build in thing called "guru" which claims to be able to overclock your cpu without going into the bios. i am not comfortable using this yet, because i just have a gut feeling that it wont be very nice.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:46 pm 
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hmm, well i guess its good i didnt get flamed.....but no replies :(


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:49 am 
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i'm not an Intel guy, so i really don't know :(

i would say that you can get a decent overclock out of it though, if you feel like going nuts definitely get a thermalright heatsink (sp-95 i think it is?). depends on your motherboard, however. be sure to read about the heatsink and the capabilities of that processor before going out and buying this heatsink. the heatsink requires holes in the motherboard so that you can mount it. also it may require an alternate backplate not to damage the circuitry on the bottom of the socket. be very careful and be sure to do your homework. i've learned with overclocking, the best thing to do is be patient. wait until you have a very firm grip on what's going to happen before you go out and do it.

good luck :)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 10:33 am 
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first stop - cpudatabase.com look up your cpu and see what other people have overclocked up to and you should come up with similar results.

second stop - your cooling setup. vantec makes above average cpu coolers (like the TMD ones) so you should not have any problems with heat when raising the voltage/fsb.

third stop - your ram. if you're running pc-2700/3200 ram, you're in good shape. your fsb is 133, and pc-2700 is capable of 166, 3200 is capable of 200. i hope you're not running pc-2100 ram.

fourth stop- knowing how to overclock. this goes beyond of how capable your cpu is, so you should research how to overclock safely. if you know how, and you definitely know the risks and you're comfortable with them, go ahead and start.

i dont know much about Intel's votages, but i heard that the danger zone is somewhere above 1.6v. i dont think you should bump the voltages too much. it can kill your precious proc. and even your motherboard.

good luck.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 10:35 am 
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also, i forgot to mention agp/pci locks. im pretty sure almost all of abit's mobos come with agp/pci locks, so you should be fine.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:02 pm 
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thnx! iv been reading a bit and im starting to get the hang of it, i have a gig of PC3200 RAM ( 2x 512 sticks in single channel mode). how much with the RAM voltage need to change?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:02 pm 
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thnx! iv been reading a bit and im starting to get the hang of it, i have a gig of PC3200 RAM ( 2x 512 sticks in single channel mode). how much with the RAM voltage need to change? i read that it should go up a bunch, and that it shouldnt :?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:34 pm 
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you dont need to change any voltages with your ram, because you're not overclocking it. remember that pc-3200 ram or ddr400 will let your system run at a 200fsb. that is waayyyy above your 133 fsb, so no worries. if you're wondering about the 533fsb that Intel states, its because the fsb is quad pumped. (133x4= 533)

someone who has overclocked a p4 and dealt with voltages and whatnot please help this guy. im pretty sure that the processor's voltage safety zone is from 1.525v to 1.6v.(1.525v is stock.)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 5:18 pm 
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ahhhh thank you much, you saved me a lot of money here......


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 9:41 pm 
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i guess i have a fsb of 200 so what are the possiblitys for me with ocing my ram? right now i have just stock 3200 ram and about to buy some ocz or ballstics so i wanna see what i can do. also would it be even useful to buy ethusit(spelled wrong) ram for my system?


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