that is a great guide raven and i greatly appreciate how you put it in lymans terms for us noobies, but i have a few small questions.
i have a stiker extreme motherboard and it has the overclocking multiplyer on it,is it better to use the multiplyer or to o.c. manually?
also when i make the changes manually, where do i go to see how much i have increased it?
i have been going to control panel and system as of right now.
thanks again for the guide it really helps me to understand things better.
In reply to the first question, it kinda depends on the application, but I think you would get more overall performance by turning up the front side bus. This is because the FSB increases the speed of the mobo and how it communicates with everything, where the multiplier just makes the core clock go faster. The best way to know, though, is to try it yourself. Some programs (like F@H if I remember correctly) prefer a speedy core speed, while others benefit most from a higher bus. Personally, I lower the multiplier and raise the FSB to achieve a faster transfer between the FSB and the core.
I'm not sure what exactly you mean by how much you increased it. If you're just looking for numbers, I'm pretty sure there's a system monitor in the BIOS of that board. If this is the case, save your settings, then check the monitor to see how fast your CPU is running. You can also click Start in the OS (I assume you use Windows) and right click on My Computer, then hit properties. This only works if you haven't touched the multiplier yet.
If you're looking for difference in performance, however, I would suggest running 3Dmark06 before and after the overclock, then compare the scores.
I hope this helps, but if not, just say so.