this is going to be my first build for myself in a long while and my 1st OC attempt ever, i just have some general questions. so the cpu im buying is the q9450 (once it comes out), since the qx9650 is out already im hoping some techies out there can make an inference on performance/OC-ing range.
so question 1.
im planning on doing a safe OC, and by that i mean prolly only to around 3.2ghz
so im planning on raising the FSB frequency from 333mhz to 400mhz and using the 8x multiplier to get 3.2ghz
so i just wanted to make sure that im doing everything right, im going to buy ddr2 800, since 400mhz x 4 = 1600 FSB clock. to my knowledge (PLEASE correct me if im wrong in anything!!!) , ddr800 should match it perfectly because 400(FSB) x 2 = 800mhz. i don't want to risk OCing my ram on the 1st attempt and prices between DDR2 667 and 800 are really close so i figured just play it safe with the 800.
how do i knoe how much voltage to raise? any calculation formulas out there for that sort?
so is that it? are there anything else i need to do other than going into BIOS and changing the FSB frequency?
what are good brand of ram for ddr2 800, are there are any specific models or certain brands you would recommend?
and now for the rest of the parts i have, i was looking at the GIGABYTE GA-X38-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X38 and under specifications tab on newegg. and in the "memory standard" it says its ddr2 1200. so do i have to OC my memory to that, or will 800mhz run? please suggest any good products for any that i have below that you would rather run.