Hi, i just recently bought this package deal and set everything up, but im having some problems trying to overclock. When i go into BIOS and try to change the cpu frequency, it shows that option as being greyed out. My question is does this mean i cannot overclock with this motherboard? CPU? or do i have any alternatives to overclocking?
You will not be able to increase the multiplier, but you should be able to decrease it.
Here's what I mean:
E5500 is 2.8 GHz (200 MHz X 14). You probably do not have any way to increase the core voltage on the motherboard, so you need to find the highest speed that the CPU will run reliably. So, if you can, select the 266 MHz FSB freq. 266x14= 3.7+ GHz.
It probably won't run without the voltage increase that you cannot do. Drop the multiplier to X13 (3.45 GHz). It might run at that speed. If not, decrease the multiplier again (a little less than 3.2 GHz). That should run.