Overclockg e2160 + Gigabyte P35-DS3L

Hey all,

First time posting so a big hello to all.

Now first off I know this combo is old school. I am more of a console fan these days and only use the computer for the odd MMO, browsing and some COD4, but I want more speed out of it to run crysis 2 and some other games that I'd like to try on the PC.

So Ill start. The motherboard is a gigabyte P35-DS3L. It has been great, no problems. A while ago one of my mates overclocked it, not by much but it did bump the smoothness up a bit but it reset itself soon after, since then I have not touched the FSB settings until last week when I was weighing up spending $1300 bucks on a new gamer system or just try to pump out as much as I can out of the old 775 chip.

Booted to bios and set the FSB multi to 9 and FSB to 333, rebooted. Nothing, tried 240 and it worked, rebooted and tried 270 and it worked. This is with dram 2:1, 540 on 270mhz FSB. I set the dram multi to 2.0 and FSB 333mhz but still nothing so I stopped and left it at 270.

Now I wouldn't have thought this changed it but it did, went and bought another 2GB of ram and a new HD5670 to boost the system more as I was happy with the clock. Now I can't overclock at all! I shorted the cmos, reset it, tried setting volts to auto, manual, tried everything but nothing works. Soon as the FSB clock is enabled it just goes back to safe settings (boots reboots).

Does anyone have any idea how to get it to overclock? What should my voltage settings be if I am running 333mhz FSB? I know the dram should be 667mhz. What about dram volts etc?

Any help is appreciated.

System specs:

Gigabyte P35-DS3L
2GB DDR2 800mhz Kingston
2GB DDR2 800mhz PNY
Intel E2160 1.8ghz
ATi Sapphire Radeon HD5670 DDR3 1GB
200GB sata
320GB Sata
550W PSU
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  1. This one is easy.

    This should be your first stop.
    Core2 Overclocking Guide

    Shadow's Gigabyte motherboard OC guide:
    It's for an EP35-DS3L, so you are in luck.

    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 from AUTO to 2.00Then 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.

    Don't worry about trying to overclock your RAM. The minimal performance gain is not worth the trouble.

    You will need better cooling. This is an excellent budget cooler (if it fits):
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

    Suggestions for applying thermal compound (I use these):

    Keep the vcore under 1.5 volts and your load temps under 70 C.
  2. AS soon as the FSB is unlocked it wont boot to windows.

    Tried lots of things. Why will it not even go 1 mhz?
  3. Hmmm. Don't know. Possibly the mixed memory has something to do with the problem.
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