Looking for OC Advice Please.

Ok, I"m lookin to OC my new rig (when it arrives, after I order it ;) so if some of this stuff is bad to OC then let me know and I'll look at making a change. I'm on a budget which is why I've put prices out there

RAIDMAX Astro ATX-268WSP Silver 0.7mm Japanese SECC Gaming Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: ATX-268WSP $30.00

Link Depot 10" Floppy UV Cable, 2-Connector Model UV-FLP10-SL - Retail
Model #: UV-FLP10-SL $2.29

Link Depot 18" ATA133 UV Cable 3-Connector Model UV-ATA18-SL-3 - Retail Model #: UV-ATA18-SL-3 $3.49

EPoX EP-9NPAJ Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Model #: EP-9NPAJ $79.00 -$5.00 Instant $74.00

Leadtek PX6600GT TDH Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail Model #: PX6600GT TDH $139.00

Thermaltake TR2 W0070 ATX 430W Power Supply - Retail Model #: W0070 $39.99

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX - Retail Model #: ADA3200BPBOX $174.00

(2) Rosewill 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model RW400/512 - Retail Model #: RW400/512
$32.99 ea. $65.98

ALPS Beige 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM Model #: DF354H068F $6.99

(2) HITACHI Deskstar 7K80 HDS728080PLA380 -0A30356 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM Model #: HDS728080PLA380 $54.51 $109.02

LITE-ON Beige IDE DVD Burner Model SOHW-1693S Beige OEM - OEM
Model #: SOHW-1693S Beige OEM $38.99

LITE-ON Beige ATAPI / E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model SOHD-167T BG - Retail Model #: SOHD-167T BG $19.99

Subtotal: $703.74

Although I am considering using this MoBo instead:

ABIT AN8-ULTRA Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Model #: AN8 - Ultra $114.00

What I"m looking for is some advice or for someone to point me to a 'How to OC Guide for Dummies' as I'm fairly new to the whole thing. I've only tried one other OC project before and didn't get great results. Took a 2.4 P4 to a 2.6 before it got to unstable to function reliably. Not really enough to notice a big differnce in performance.

I want to know how to get the most out of my hardware. I'd like to OC the CPU and GPU if it means getting a noticable performance increase. I.E. I can take the graphics settings of my favorite game up a notch higher than normal and still have respectable FPS. I'd also like to get it to a comfortable place and leave it there. I don't want to have to worry that I"m gonna fry my system if I leave it OC'd to surf the web. In other words I want to be able to leave the system OC'd and not have to mess with reseting the bios every time I want to play my games. And, I don't want to reduce the life of my cpu to less than a year :D.

TIA for all your help and advice.
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  1. cool the heck out of it and bring it up to 3500+ speeds. Shouldn't be too difficult. Decide for one of those cool looking heatpipe models or watercooling, that way you can go for your gpu as well.
  2. Don't want to do water cooling. I"m on a budget and don't want to try and do a DIY Watercool job, plus my wife would kill me with a full tower hehe. Otherwise I'm pretty good to go.

    So, heat pipe lookin thing for the CPU, what kind of cooler on the GPU? Or do I need one?
  3. I got this for saving me typing and thinking alot.
    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=138046
    http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12960
    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1845&page=2
    pcstats one is the best dude

    This is the best cooling I have ever seen dude I made this from scrap wood and some old parts laying around.
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