Hi, I just got this cheapo biostar board and found an old 775 pentium D 820 smithfield for practicing my overclocking skills, however I seem to have hit a brick wall without going anywhere, the board I guess will only allow me to go as low as 800mhz on the ram freq and since the cpu freq is 800 I can't actually do anything to it except PCI adjustments and voltage adjustments (which are useless without actually needing them). Anyone have any experience with these or similar boards?
I understand very little about timing but somewhere between my brain getting fuzzy and realizing that the timings wont actually affect my ram frequency I gave up on trying to learn those. Unless I'm wrong.
Alright since it appears that no one can answer THAT question for me, anyone recommend what would be the best 775 for OCing, bear in mind I'm using this as a practice board, I'm fully aware that I could drop a bunch of cash on a better board with a better socket a better CPU etc, but for practice purposes only what would the best 775 be?
Okay neither question was answered, well I eventually figured out by asking on overclockers.com about it, my PCIE was still set to auto and refused to overclock as soon as I set it to manual and then adjusted my FSB it worked right away... as for my second question it seems a Q9650 is about my best bet, although knowing what I do know and that is that sometimes these procs are designed on a friday before a long weekend I just wanted some professional experienced advice as to whether the 9650 was a good unit or a dud, can't find too many for sale (lots of c2d's out there) not sure if that's promising or discouraging in terms of their quality.