Help! e6600 bx2 question about memory and overclocking

if i have an intel 975xbx2, e6600 with 2g of these mushkin memory sticks

will i have stability issues when i overclock to 3.0 ghz? due to these being 1.8v rated and value ram ( im guessing ill have to raise the voltage a bit which will surpass what they are rated at 1.8v) are these sticks ok or will i have to go with more expensive better ram ? is it really worth it to go with the
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  1. I'm really glad I took the time to answer the question for you in the motherboard section... :)

    motherboard forum thread

    Geesh man.. You're NOT overclocking your ram if you do a 1:1 overclock to 3.0ghz.

    You're stressing out because you read in the overclock guide is my guess.

    When 1FSB:1RAM is overclocked above the rated frequency of your RAM use the following values
    Timing: 5-5-5-15
    vDIMM: 2.2V

    e.g. DDR2-667 4-4-4-12 1.9V operating at ~400Mhz will need to be set to 5-5-5-15 2.2V

    You HAVE DDR2-800... You'll be running that at 333mhz to clock up to 3.0ghz. YOU'RE UNDERCLOCKING YOUR 400mhz RATED RAM. (Boy, is it like the 4th time I've typed that?) You won't be increasing your voltage.

    Nevermind everything I've said for the 3rd time now... Forget it... buy the memory. You need it. That ram you have is crap and you should spend MORE money buying the pc2-4200 you linked in the motherboards forum post...

    Have a nice day... :p
  2. hey man, thanks for your support, i am really new to the whole overclocking thing, (obvious enough) and i dont really understand too much about it. When overclocking i didnt realize u actually underclock your memory ( in this scenario) all i wanted was to knock my e6600 up a few notches to keep up with my 8800 gtx.
  3. No worries.

    With my crossfired x1950 pros there are only a couple of games where I'm cpu limited (ie, games which get better as I increase my OC.) F.E.A.R. is an example... (even moving from 3.7 to 3.8 I see a small increase in fps.) Most games perform equally before and after OC, though. Your 8800 gtx is a better performer, so your experience may be different.

    Try some before and after benchmarks on the games you play. (using fraps) It would be interesting to hear the results.
  4. real quick about my memory, i know u said it was crap :( but will i see too much of a difference between the memory u listed and the one i have in my pc which is now 1.9 ddr2800 5 5 5 12, and your ddr2 533 3 3 3 9, as far as reasonably faster? should i send my memory back :( ( both mushkin
  5. hey man i finally did it! changed my memory to 533 from 800, and the processor host clock frequency to 333. now im at 2.9 ghz , thanks to you ! am i supposed to keep my (under memory) "reference frequency" to default or put it at 333? ( kept it at default atm) and is it ok that now under bios it says that the system bus frequwncy is overridden to 1332? and since i have 1.9v memory i put my memory voltage @ 1.92. do i also have to change my timings or leave them how they are
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