I have an AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 Ghz. A fairly older cpu but still runs very fluent on newer games. I also have 4GB Crucial BallistiX 1600 Mhz DDR3 ram. But by default, in bios, the ram speed is set to 1333 Mhz.

When i change it to the default 1600 Mhz clock. I get BSoD a few minutes after booting Windows, just by browsing the web or staying idle with no tasks running. So i have to change the voltage from 1,5V to 1,66V to be able to run ram at 1600 Mhz default clock without problems.

I can also choose to overclock my CPU to 3.3 Ghz without messing with the voltage and those things. But i can't have the ram voltage set to 1,66V from 1,5V and have ram speed at 1600 Mhz the same time as overclocking my CPU to 3.3 Ghz.

So my question is, should i have default voltage on my ram with the stable 1333 Mhz, but have CPU overclocked to 3.3 Ghz from 3.0 or the Ram at 1600 Mhz and CPU at default 3.0 Ghz? I know that either one of these setups wouldn't give me a that noticeable performance boost. But which would the best option in my case? I would also rather have any of those tweaks than running both on Default.
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  2. yes, cpu, since you'll be raising the FSB speed (I dont know of a 945BE) You'll automatically overclock everything. You don't mention an aftermarket cpu cooler but if you get one you could probably hit 3.8 failry easy.
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