just make sure to keep the FSB / RAM ratio @ 1:1 and you should be fine. If it were me, i would slowly attempt 400 FSB with an 8x multiplier, that will get you 3.2 and keep the temps on the lower side.
But this chip is a x9 multiplier. How would I make it only run on x8 ?
Still reading through the guide at present (the v1.6.1 - soooo helpful)
My RAM has no coolers
I only asked about northbridge as I have been warned this is likely to overheat...but you're saying this will only be an issue if I start pushing high FSB (i.e. too much for the RAM to handle DDR2 800Mhz = 400Mhz single channel = FSB)
is there really that much variation in manufacture process that you get a 'good' and 'bad' chip?
just purchased a xigmatek dark night with 89CFM fan. going to lag it along with the cpu and attach with arctic silver. then upgrade case fan to match. attaching cooling fans to north and southbridge (with already has hs with heat pipe).