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Intel E5400 @ 3.2GHz (238 x 13.5) any suggestions?

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September 18, 2010 2:51:27 AM

hey there. newbie here :hello: 

anyway, i put this new rig together about 3 weeks ago and so far, it still works like a charm. also, i OC'ed the processor right after finishing the build (Intel P.D.C. E5400 Wolfdale) to 3.2Ghz (238 x 13.5) and so far, it's really stable as a rock. i also made sure to turn off SpeedStep and C1E and locked the PCI-E x16 slot to 100Mhz in the BIOS. here's a pic of the CPU stats using CPU-Z.



Core Speed: 3213.4 MHz
Multiplier: x13.5
Bus Speed: 238.0 MHz
Rated FSB: 952 MHz

oh, my mobo is a GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L mATX rev. 1.1

am i doing it right? i just want to be sure. this is also my first build and my first OC attempt. (moved up from a really old AMD build my uncle gave me) any help and advice would be much appreciated :) 

Specs are:

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 Wolfdale OC'ed to 3.2GHz (238 x 13.5) on stock cooling

Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L mATX rev. 1.1, BIOS F6 version

1GB DDR2 667 5-5-5-15

Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB SATA 8MB cache

iMax 550w PSU (generic lol)

these are just bare minimum specs. i was on a tight budget. but i'll be uprgrading in november(new PSU, dual channel ram kit, nvidia gts250 and another hard drive). :D 
a c 197 K Overclocking
September 18, 2010 4:08:03 AM

Go in and set the System Memory Multiplier to 2.00. That will drop your RAM frequency to the same value as your FSB. Your RAM clock will be at 476 MHz, Well within the speed of your DDR2-667 RAM.

After that, you should be able to increase your FSB past 266 MHz with only a small voltage increase. I had an E5200 running at 3.78 GHz (315 MHz X 12).

To go this far, you will need better than stock cooling. Keep your temps under 70 C.
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September 18, 2010 4:38:37 AM

thanks for the info. :)  well, i'm gonna just gonna stick to 3.2Ghz for now since i'm still using the stock heatsink, with some JetArt Nano Diamond Thermal compound. so far, i've seen it go up at around 59*C/55*C @ full load, and that's after gaming for 3 hours straight with chrome and winamp running in the background. i live in the Philippines and believe me, days here get really hot to the point of being nearly unbearable, and my room doesn't have AC too. lol


as for custom HS/F's, does the CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 sound good? it's pretty cheap at the retailer near my place :)  and it looks like it would fit my midtower with no issues too.
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a c 197 K Overclocking
September 21, 2010 6:53:04 PM

I am using Xig Dark Knights nd a TRUE on my regular computers. I have no experience with the TX-3. I can say one thing: better a good cooler that you can get than a great cooler you cannot. :) 

Suggestion: now that you have stable overclock settings, go back and enable SpeedStep. That way, you will reduce your thermal load part of the time.

I have SpeedStep enabled on all of my computers.
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September 24, 2010 1:09:09 PM

haha, good point there :)  and as for SpeedStep, i have it enabled now, but i never dared enable C1E anymore. i heard it can really muck up a good OC when it's turned on.

39 C on idle and never budging that much on light loads.

oh, here's a list of the confirmed upgrades i'll be getting this november. these any good?

RAM:Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 5-5-5-12 1.8v Dual Channel RAM kit


Video Cards: MSI TwinFrozr GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 256-bit

or

Palit GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3 256-bit


another 300GB Western Digital Caviar Blue hard drive

CoolerMaster Hyper TX-3 92mm "Heatpipe Direct Contact" CPU Cooler (i wanted a Xigmatek HDT 120mm Rifle cooler but it's not available here :| )

and for some peace of mind to power these components well, a Corsair CMPSU 550VX 550w PSU

and if i manage to convince them, a Antec 902 midtower case :p 

thanks for all the pointers, jsc. i'll keep this thread updated for anything related to my rig.

:sol: 
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October 4, 2010 12:55:49 PM

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October 4, 2010 2:33:57 PM

oh, one more question..
planning to change my settings for a faster system FSB, but same CPU frequency:

267 x 12 = 3204Mhz (3.2Ghz, still within my sweet spot)

FSB speed = 1068Mhz

still with stock cooler and stock volts..

should i go for it? :whistle: 
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