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post #61 of 68
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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
HDD: Seagate 320MB SATA

- I got a 120MB IDE HDD, do you think if I plug it in, the 450W PSU still can handle it?
I'm sure you mean 320GB and not MB? .And correct if I'm wrong but isn't IDE super slow relative to PATA and SATA interfaces? In either case I think your PSU can handle it.

btw, to stop any confusion over prefixes:

Centi (C)=10^2
Kilo (K)=10^3
Mega (M)=10^6
Giga (G)=10^9
post #62 of 68
Thread Starter 
Yeah I meant GB. A 320MB SATA must be a limited collector's edition
But looks like I need to get a better PSU anyway though.

Back to overclocking, I can set FSB to any numbers right? (eg. 1 increments... such as 343, 344, 345?)

So since E6320 is 7X multiplier,

If I set FSB to 330:

330 X 7 = 2310 (2.3 Ghz)

With DDR2 667:
330 X 2 = 660

So that means it's possible to OC my 6320 to 2.3Ghz?

If it's correct, I got 2 questions though:

- How much real-life performance loss are we talking about here, between overclocking to 2.5Ghz and 2.3 Ghz?
- Is it safe for the memory to be ran at that "borderline" limit? 667@660?


PS: Other thought, maybe I could OC the RAM too? Is it hard?
post #63 of 68
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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
With DDR2 667:
330 X 2 = 660

So that means it's possible to OC my 6320 to 2.3Ghz?

If it's correct, I got 2 questions though:

- How much real-life performance loss are we talking about here, between overclocking to 2.5Ghz and 2.3 Ghz?
- Is it safe for the memory to be ran at that "borderline" limit? 667@660?
Don't know enough to answer your first question but yes its absolutely 'safe' to run memory at its borderline limits. The RAM sticks are tested to run safe at slightly above their stated frequency, much like how fuses have some leeway (a couple of amperes typically) before they blow; if that made any sense to you. Not entirely sure though...
post #64 of 68
Thread Starter 
Anyone else can help me with OCing?
post #65 of 68
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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
This is my current PC:

AMD Athlon 2500+ Barton
1GB Geil DDR400 (512MB X2 in Dual Channel DDR Mode)
Gigabyte GA-7N400Pro-2
Gigacube 128MB Radeon 9600 XT
120GB Maxtor ATA133 7200rpm 8MB
Soundblaster Audigy


I'm going to build a PC from scratch from this list: http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

Upgrading only the box, since I got everything else already. Thinking to make it less than AUS$1,000.
From that site, what would you build ? (maybe you can salvage something from my old pc, although unlikely?)

Thanks.

PS: Not for overclocking though.
Here is the best $500USD system according to Tom's Hardware
Link
post #66 of 68
if your ram becomes a problem you can always drop the divider...I would wait till you get your computer setup before you get to oc'ing. I would like you some guides but I am too lazy atm...

You can always oc your ram...so
post #67 of 68
i'm not that crazy about ocing, but since you insist.

yes that is compatiable if you are using the 667mhz rated ram, running at 333mhz fsb for both, which is 1:1 ratio. when you overclock more than 333mhz fsb it will be higher than your 667mhz ram fsb and may not able to handle it, so you would have to underclock the ram using a different ratio. you won't lose very much performance so dont worry if you have to, unless its a very big drop.

if you get a black screen when you restart, you can reset your bios settings from the CMOS by switching the jumper on motherboard, but some motherboard does it automatically if you shut off the power supply, such as ASUS.

you can download the software SysTool and go to cpu overclock, and click on stability test, or use some other software to do some stress test, if you receive error lower your cpu speed. use software like Speedfan to monitor your temperature. its not easy to say and oc'ed cpu as good as a better model at the same speed, they can have larger cache for example, but you can find out improve in performance with some benchmark software.

looks like e6320 is the newer improved version. i have the e6300, i could oc it to 2.9ghz, but it need higher voltage, it gets too hot. i run mine at 2.6ghz for lower heat and more stability.

but for gaming, the 8800gts will make the biggest improvement.
post #68 of 68
Thread Starter 
Should have bought the E6420 huh? It has 8X multiplier.

So if it was 6420, with 667 RAM, all I need to do is:

set the CPU frequency to 333,

333 x 8 = 2.6Ghz.

And I don't even have to change anything on the RAM.
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