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Old December 31, 2008, 06:33 AM
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Default Excited, gonna be OCing

So the rest of the parts for my new rig are gonna be here today. I can't wait!

I'm gonna be overclocking my e5200 from 2.5 ghz to, hopefully 3.6 ghz. First I'm gonna have to make sure my PSU can handle it, as its only 400w. I think I'll get a watt-meter from canadian tire or something. And lastly, I'm hoping to do this with a stock hsf, I've heard that, up to 3.6ghz a stock will do.

Heres the plan, let me know if I'm doing something wrong.

I don't know what my ram speed actually is,
but the website says that it's ddr2-1000 rated at 2.0-2.1 volts. I read somewhere that it's not actually a ddr2-1000 stick, but a factory overclock, hence the required voltages.

I think I will be running the sticks at their stock 1.8v 800mhz (to keep my wattage down, 400w limit). I'm gonna aim for a 1:1 FSB, RAM ration because i heard it was the most efficient this way. Since I'm aiming for 3.6 ghz after oc, I'm going to try a 9multi * 400mhz FSB to get the 3.6 ghz, with an increase to about 1.3v.

On a Tom's Hardware article, I read that they hit an FSB wall using the e5200 + EP45-DS3L. Apparently the combination didn't like doing 400fsb or above. Hopefully that's not the problem for me, but if it is, I guess since my multiplier is so high could try 12.5 * 288fsb.

Sorry if some of the terms are messed, some of the articles I read were confusing.

There's just a few questions I have:
- Is there anything wrong with my plan?
- I have to lock the PCI-E, PCI and Northbridge to 100mhz instead of leaving it to auto, correct?
- If I decide to do 12.5 multi * 288 fsb, does that mean I have to underclock my ram?

Also, before people begin to rip me on my psu choice, please refer to this article.
it uses an e7300 & a 4850 combination instead, but after oc it draws only 270w.

shit, I just had a massive case of dejavu, I sense someone is gonna come in here and rip on my plan...
CPU: E5200 @3.5ghz 1.232v [12.5*280](stock hsf)
MOBO: Biostar TP43D2-A7
VID: Diamond HD4870
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500gb
RAM: G.Skill 4GB @ 576mhz (
PSU: Seasonic SS-400ET

Last edited by Bucklaz; December 31, 2008 at 06:47 AM.
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