E6600 Overclocking help.

I'm a bit new to overclocking and I am having difficulty overclocking my E6600 core 2 duo.

I have 1gb kingston ddr2 533 ram, p5vd 2-x asus motherboard, evga 7900gs pcie 16x video card. I have stock cooling with a "coolermaster" case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119129)
and a pretty decent PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159055)

Before my ram was at auto 4-4-4-12 and i changed to to 533 5-5-5-15. Cpu was at 266mhz and I can't get anything over 283mhz. Windows wont boot, I get the POST error message. I want to get it up to at least 300mhz.

I have a suspecion that my motherboard may be the problem, its not exactly high end. Also I looked at the guide in the sticky and I'm not sure about the voltage part. I went to the power section under my BIOS and I can't change the voltage (I assume it's automatic?) I can only change it to "ignore".

Sorry If I wasn't very specific but I would like some help please so if anyone has an idea please reply.


I have been running my computer on the settings listed above (283mhz, 533 5-5-5-15) and I let orthos run for an hour and a half and everything seemed okay (max temp while running orthos was 55C but it was ~45C the whole time) so I figured it was safe to stop testing and play some games. I was playing Warcraft 3 for a while (not exactly cpu intensive) and my computer crashed. Froze while hearing a constant single beep. I must be doing something wrong, help please?
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  1. You need to loosen your ram timings way up. That may not be enough though - you really need faster ram if you want to overclock. DDR2-800 would be the best choice. The failure to boot is almost certainly a ram issue.
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