Okay, so I got tired of puttering around at stock speed of 2.1 Ghz. I came accross this forum when looking for info on overclocking. I tried doing it the easy way by downloading Gigabyte EasyTune6, which is useless on my board. Then I found out I needed a certain outdated version of it's BIOS to "unlock" the overclocking ability. So after fiddling around with it I was able to get the rig to run stable at 2.64 Ghz (45-50 C Temperature)with these specs: 250 FSB, 10.5 multiplier, and 1.25 Core Voltage. Even though this is a signifigant increase in speed, I'm an online gamer and I need my rig to run at it's maximum capability. I've seen the AMD Athlon64 X2 4000+ Brisbane overclocked to 3.2 ghz, but anytime I try to go over the current 2.64 the system is either unstable or dosen't boot at all. Is there something i'm missing, or some power option I'm not paying attention too? I'll post my specs below, so you know what hardware I'm working with.
Case: XION Xion Solaris XON-401 Steel ATX Mid Tower
From what I remember, the F3a and F4a BIOS's are S3H versions modded to work with the S2H. So I guess:
Overclock friendly = you don't need a hacked BIOS to get for SB/NB, RAM and CPU voltage control.
Since you're willing to run the unofficial BIOS, YMMV.
since you made mention of the SB/NB options in the BIOS, should I be tweaking the SB/NB any to help the overclocking? because I haven't messed with that any. Also I don't know "anything" about RAM tweaking, if that even worth looking at?
Yep, AM3's are backwards compatible with AM2 boards. Though you probably don't want to run a 140W quad on it since this boards wasn't designed for that much power. Just make sure you have the latest BIOS before swapping CPU's.