Have just recently upgraded motherboard and CPU due to motherboard failure and would like to get the most out of what I have and I'm not sure of the best place to start.
What I have:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz (1066FSB)
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 6400C4 800MHz
Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L G41 Motherboard
GT 220 1024MB PCIe - PNY
Also have older PX7800 GTX TDH but I assume GT220 beats that now.
Sorry forgot to mention got an Artic Pro 7 - should this suffice or would you think worth paying the extra?
ACF7P is a pretty good cooler. By today's standard's, it is ... average. Case in point, I was able to reach 3.0 GHz with my Q6600 at stock voltage with the stock cooler. I was able to reach 3.3 GHz with the ACF7P. I was able to reach 3.6 GHz with a TRUE.
Incidentally managed to cancel order for E7500 and went for the E8400 after reading reviews on here ;-)
With a G41, that may be a mistake. The G41 is a budget board. I think you may have problems pushing the FSB much higher than the E8400 333 MHz stock FSB.
CPU Host Frequency (Mhz)
Allows you to manually set the CPU host frequency. This item is configurable only if the CPU
Host Clock Control option is enabled. The adjustable range is from 100 MHz to 1200 MHz.
For an 800 MHz FSB CPU, set this item to 200 MHz.
For a 1066 MHz FSB CPU, set this item to 266 MHz.
For a 1333 MHz FSB CPU, set this item to 333 MHz
Does this not mean I can adjust between 100 - 1200Mhz?
I may look at doing this in the future and a fairly cheap upgrade to get more out of the E8400 and cheaper way to increase RAM i.e. 4 slots instead of my 2.
Though at present I'm more than happy at current speed PC is operating at.
The existing board I will make use of and build a cheaper 2nd PC.
I did try setting the Kingston RAM KHX6400D2LLK2/4G as the datasheet says
4-4-4-12 1.95V but can only adjust in 0.1V and doesn't appear to like it if set at 1.9 or 2.0.
Also can't find anywhere that says to set multiplier to. i.e. my choice appears to be (2.0B or 2.4B)
Any Suggestions or could this be due to Mobo also?