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 Post subject: Noob needs advice
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 3:46 pm 
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Hey all.

Just tried my hand at overclocking the other day, and i had a couple questions for the pros...

Im running and AMD 2500XP right now that i have bumped up to 200.45 FSB with my clock running at 2.2 GHz. My mobo is a MSI MS-6570, and im housing it all in an Antec Plusview case.

My cpu is running stable at 41-50 degrees C, with my case temp at 22 C. Ive burned it all in with SandraMax and didnt see any extreme temp jumps.

I was wondering if I were to invest in a water cooling unit, or maybe one of those nifty Zalman Reserators, how much more am i going to get out of this proc? Would the investment be worth it, or would i be better off getting a new mobo and proc? Also, if there is anything that i may not have thought of please fill me in. Im new at this, so i probobly havent covered all my bases.

I appreciate the help...


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 4:49 pm 
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Update-----

While using Quick Par this evening, my temp jumped to 55 degrees C and rebooted. I lowered my FSB to 360, and ran Quick Par again, and it seemed to work fine. Have i reached the limits as to what a non-water cooled system can do?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 7:23 pm 
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first, you probably have a multiplier locked athlon xp, especially if you've bought it in the past few months. only way to up the clock more is to overclock the fsb and the memory, if you have pc3200 mem. if you have higher rated memory, you can overclock higher. you will probably not get anything more out of the proc with water cooling, besides lower temps.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:26 am 
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How would i find out if my proc is multiplier locked?

And assuming it is, will adding a water cooling kit allow it to run stabley at 400FSB?

And also, when i bumped the FSB up, my bios, WCPUID, and SandraMax all read my proc as being a XP3200. Does this mean that for all intents and purposes, i have an XP3200+? What is the difference between a 2500XP running at 2.2Ghz and a 3200Xp that is fresh out of the box?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 10:46 am 
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one way to tell if your CPU is mutliplyer locked, check the bios settings, if you cant change the value of the multiplyer then the cpu have been locked. i personnaly dont recommend messing with the mutliplayer too much, better yet take the earlier advice and get faster memery. or stick with the front side bus tweaks. if you mess with the multiplyer and your system doesn't boot make sure you know where your jumpers are to reset your bios.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 4:21 am 
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Ok, so my multipier is locked. Im running 512 DDR PC2700 in my machine. How do i overclock my RAM, and do i have to be concerned with the voltage that my RAM and proc are getting when i oc them?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 9:17 am 
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msi mobo's are notorious for overclocking, if you want to o.c your memory then i'd stick with the front side bus tweaks, some mobo's depending on the manufactor let you adjust your memory without messing with the FSB. if you overclock and your machine crash's then i'd consider bumping up the voltage a little at a time til it dont crash no more. just a suggestion


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:33 pm 
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notorious = good or notorious = bad?

Im thinking of upgrading to an AMD 64, and was gonna go MSI with that too...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:53 am 
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i had good success with msi oc'ing. my prob is i had a couple die on me when running for long periods of time but that was the old 648dx. i know quite a few people who run msi for their AMD and they love their boards.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 3:22 am 
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Right on brother. Thanks.


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