Newbie overclocking... question

Well, I figured out how to get my processor OC'ed before I got a response.

I have an aircooled AMD 939 X2 4200+ on an ASUS A8R32-MVP MOBO with 2 GB of Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM. I'm currently running at 2.42 GB and I'm probably going to try and push that up to around 2.53 or so. My ram is running at 266Mhz at the moment and my voltage is at 1.375 V.

I have excellent airflow in my case so would that setup sound pretty reasonable? I'm not looking to do an extreme OC but rather just a mild bump up to help out my work in Photoshop.

Are there any good free programs I can run to test out my machine after I've finished overclocking it?

Hehe... I'm such a noob at this.
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  1. You can use BurnInTest to make sure your machine is stable.......but the free version has a 30 day limit i think...
  2. Thanks for the help. BurnItIn ran with no erros in something like 15 minutes. 2.6Ghz is looking good. :)
  3. I got my 3700 to 2.6 where it promptly died. Stupid cheap MSI mobo... :x
  4. I decided to just do a bit of experimenting to see where my 4200 would go. Once I went past 2.8, I couldn't reboot without pulling out the power cord and starting from cold. 2.6 is just fine since I need to keep this machine for 3 or 4 years.

    Now as for a better GPU... I suppose I'll wait and see what DX10 does to my wimpy little X1600PRO.
  5. I've got the AM2 version of the 4200 and 2.6 - 2.7 is the best I can do and that's cranking the volts up to about 1.45 or so.

    If the "new sometime next year ... maybe" K8L doesn't drop into the AM2 socket I'm really going to be pissed since there's like zero performance gain apparently from the 939 to AM2.
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