Well, I've managed to get to 2.82GHz with the 3:2 ratio and the CAS as low as they allow me to set them in the BIOS. At this clock speed, the only time I've EVER had any blue screens of death was while playing WC3, and that's not all the time either. I've heard some games dont take well to OCing anyway. I think I can keep pushing higher, but gaming (except for WC3) has not been a problem yet, and i havent had any "funny stuff" in the desktop yet.
Have you stressed your processor yet? You should, as you're getting signs of instability from playing warcraft.
I used to have this same RAM as 1:1 with the old, 533FSB processor that I OCed without problems to 2.7 from 2.26 on an Asus board. Also with the CAS latencies at the lowest settings.
Of course you did, the proc had a 133mhz fsb, and your RAM is rated at 166mhz.
As for an unfriendly proc, it's probably the best P4 proc to OC with there is right now. people have hit 3.4 with the stock cooling fan.
I thought you were talking in general of "what could be the culprit if it isnt the RAM". However, it doesn't mean that all 2.4c's have the same overhead.
What chances to what would you make if I want to hit 3.4? I just can't pinpoint what else it could be, besides RAM that s bottlenecking me. How do the other people do this with a stock fan? The only conclusion I can see is the RAM. I have the same board, I have a better cooling fan, I have the same processor, and RAM? I have no idea what they used, so I'm assuming thats what it is.
Again, it could
be your processor (but it's probably not). It's like videocards, one might overclock way above stock, while another one might only squeeze out an extra 20mhz. However, I'm certain that ~95% of all 2.4c's can hit at least 3ghz.
As for the RAM, I suggest whatever that's capable of PC4000 or DDR500 - from a solid company like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, OCZ, etc.