Need help with overclocking math regarding e8600 cpu and ddr2-800 ram

I currently have a ep45-ud3p motherboard with a core 2 duo e6400 2.13ghz cpu overclocked to 3.2ghz and ddr2-800 ram. My ram/fsb ratio is 1:1. I am looking into buying a core 2 duo e8600 3.33ghz processor to overclock to around 4.0ghz or as high as I can get. My question being, and buying faster ram is out of the question, is how much will the ddr2-800 ram hold me back in reaching that goal? More specifically, what is the math for finding out the approximate max processor speed I can attain with it?
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  1. glpiv said:
    I currently have a ep45-ud3p motherboard with a core 2 duo e6400 2.13ghz cpu overclocked to 3.2ghz and ddr2-800 ram. My ram/fsb ratio is 1:1. I am looking into buying a core 2 duo e8600 3.33ghz processor to overclock to around 4.0ghz or as high as I can get. My question being, and buying faster ram is out of the question, is how much will the ddr2-800 ram hold me back in reaching that goal? More specifically, what is the math for finding out the approximate max processor speed I can attain with it?


    It really depends on your brand of ram. Not all are equal. For reference I have a pc with an e8400 at 3.6GHz.

    Here's a good reference. http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/intel_core_2_duo_e8400_overclocking_guide,2.html
  2. Thanks for the reply, I should have listed the ram in the initial post. It is G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ.

    The timings are 5-5-5-15.
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