first time overclocker

ok, well i lied, im not really a first timer... but the last time i played with overclocking there were jumpers and DIP switches involved. so i might as well be a first timer...

anyways my damn dog chewed through a USB cable last week and blew out my motherboard, so i figure its time for an upgrade. im planning on ordering the following within the next few days:

GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-965P-S3
Item #: N82E16813128017

XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 EXTREME Video Card - Retail
Model #: PVT71PUDP3
Item #: N82E16814150202

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6600
Item #: N82E16819115003

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail
Model #: TWIN2X2048-6400
Item #: N82E16820145590

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD1500ADFD
Item #: N82E16822136012

now because newegg is running a darn good rebate on patriot ram im considering spending $10 extra for that over the corsair.

my basic delima is that i read all these posts about FSP voltage this and core voltage that and ddr voltage... i guess i really have no idea what it all means and how it relates to cpu clock speed... the last time i read anything about overclocking it involved taking the cover off a athalon slot a and using a pencil to draw lines on the processor... im pretty sure things are a tad more complex now so im hopin for some guidance

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    Good place to start.

    Your S3 BIOS settings can go right along with the DS3/S4/DQ6 settings.
  2. yeah i read the guide, but i still have no idea what each of the things mentioned actually do... the multiplier, fsb etc... i mean, how much of an performacne increase will i see by upping the fsb one notch etc... and how far is safe to go with stock cooling
  3. ok well i spent all damn day reading the forums, spent 2 headaches trying to understand the math and heres what i came up with... can someone tell me if im on track?

    basically i probably shouldnt use stock cooling, so im gonna pick up a zalman 9500 led, and my figures along with the stuff i read say that i should be able to take the e6600 up to about 3.2 before i start getting into the really tough settings... so im figuring that i should put the FSB to like 333*9 and i can pretty much leave ram, vcore and everything else alone, then i just slowly step the fsb up to 366*9 and see how stable the system runs....

    does that about sum it up?
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