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Looking for OC Advice Please.

Last response: in Overclocking
December 19, 2005 1:54:15 AM

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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December 19, 2005 3:41:30 PM

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.
December 20, 2005 1:10:22 AM

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?