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Getting started on e5400

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September 22, 2010 11:29:01 AM

I have an e5400 @ 2.7 ghz with a GTS 450 @ 822 mhz. But my processor seems to be bottlenecking my 3d card. So I thought that I should overclock it upto 3.2 GHz. But the fact is that I have no idea of overclocking. How do I get started?
My PC specs are
ASUS p5QPL-AM motherboard
Silverstone 500 watt(80 plus certified)
2 gb DDR2 ram
1 SATA 1 hard disk
1 combo drive

I have bought two 80 mm fans in addition to the heat sink of the processor to aid in the overclocking.

At the moment my processor is at 32 degrees at idle and at 45-50 degrees at highest load.

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September 23, 2010 8:46:16 PM

This should be your first stop.
Core2 Overclocking Guide

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

Go through the guides. Then take your core voltage off Auto and set your memory voltage to factory recommended values. Change the System Memory Multiplier (or
whatever your BIOS calls it) from AUTO to 2.00, 2.00B, or 2.00D - whichever you need to set the Memory Frequency to twice the FSB. Then when you increase the FSB, the memory clock will rise in in proportion with it. At an FSB of 200 MHz, your memory clock should be at 400 MHz.

Download CPU-Z to check your FSB:RAM ratio. It should be a 1:1 ratio.
September 24, 2010 12:34:57 PM

Would my PSU be enough for the job? One expert from techsupportforum said that it's too low and I should at least have corsair 600 watt to think about overclocking. But it doesn't make sense. He said something that my silverstone strider series psu won't be able to deliver the required amperage for long. He even went so far as to say that it might even be underpowering my system now.
September 25, 2010 1:33:33 PM

ASUS p5QPL-AM is gonna be a bitch to overclock with as it lacks manual cpu voltage adjustment, still good chance you'll get 3ghz~ out of it, but going for the high speeds is gonna be near impossible without the ability to adjust vcore :(