Overclocking questions.

I am fairly new to overclocking and have a few questions. My Motherboard is made by asus and has easy overclock features built in.

The 2 main ones are to set overclock profiles at 5%,10%,15%,20%,30% and to set the DRAM at 667,800,1066Mhz.

Currently I have my overclock set to 15% and it's running perfect no issues and temps are 40 degrees on the cpu and 42 degrees on the gpu which is the same it runs at idle on the default 2.8ghz. I have not tested this under load yet though. My ram is DDR2 667Mhz, my question is can I safely set this to 800Mhz or even higher? also would 20% OC prob be max on stock cooling?


Stock cooling
Processor : Pentium E6300 2.8Ghz (new version of E6300 not old 1.8 version)
Motherboard : asus P5KPL-AM SE
Memory : Kingston DDR2 667Mhz
Case/Cooling :Antec 200 series Mid Gaming Tower Top mounted 120mm fan, rear mounted 120mm fan.
Video : PNY Geforce 9600GT
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  1. I would suggest getting a better cooler and read up on some guides and not just use the "easy overclock function"

    Its hard to say weather or not you can do 20% , its really based off of your particular CPU .You would have to p95 load it before we can help you very much.
  2. Learn to use the BIOS.

    This should be your first stop.
    HOWTO: Overclock C2Q (Quads) and C2D (Duals) - Guide v1.6.1

    Next stop should be a guide for your particular motherboard. Google is your friend.

    For a serious overclock, you will need better cooling. Here are three under $50 heatsinks that are pretty popular:
    Xigmatec Dark Knight

    I've added these, because they are starting to get really popular:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

    They all require a somewhat different approach to applying thermal compound.
    Suggestions for applying thermal compound:

    And here's a good budget cooler:
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