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Thread: Help me overclock my athalon xp 3000 barton




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    I just built my system but I don't think im getting my money's worth. I have a barton 3000 processor, 1 gig corsair ram (2700 I think) , asus a7v8x motherboard, pny gf fx 5900 ultra running at 510/961.I'm hitting 6132 3d marks 03. But when I look online just about everyone has their cpu and front side bus overclocked. I know how to get into the bios to do it but I have no idea what to set it at to get a boost in performance while still being 100% stable. Any help for the newbie scrub would be much appreciated.

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    Basically ya have the wrong mobo, memory and CPU for any real overclockin'. For starters the VIA chipset of ya mobo doesn't come close to the nForce2 in performance nor overclockin' ability plus ya memory (if PC2700) is just about at its limit with that CPU's FSB (some extra isn't out of the question above 166MHz but not to much) and the higher rated ya CPU is the less headroom ya have when overclockin'. Normally I'd suggest bumpin' the CPU voltage up 0.1v, the multiplier down to 11 and the FSB up to 200MHz but the KT400 doesn't like runnin' at those speeds plus ya'd need PC3200 memory minimum to do this with anyway. Sorry that this sounds like bad news but that's the facts. : peace2:

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    I appreciate the info. I knew the n-force was better just didn't know how much. Is there a way to double check my memory to see if it's 2700? Well if i spend the money to upgrade the mobo and the memory do you think it's worth the overclock?

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    Change it to an Abit NF7-S with some good BH5 memory (Kingston HyperX 3200, Mushkin Black 3500 Level II, OCZ 3500 Platinum Limited Edition) and with a decent heatsink/fan you should be able to run that processor at 2.5Ghz all day long, say 225x11 or so.

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    If I go that route do you think it will increase performance that much? The fsb increase should help will gaming too right? Man this is getting exspensive. I'm going to have to make a choice sooner or later, fast gaming system or healthy marriage. Normally it would be a no brainer but she's a damn good cook.

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    Hehe, well its up to you. Did you get the 3000 Barton with 333 or 400fsb?

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    I got the one with the 400 fsb. And the mobo supports it with the updated bios. But from the advice im getting on here is that my memory which is pc 2700 is not fast enough. The memory is corsair. I thought at the time it was what i needed. I got it from new egg and the reviews said it was good for overclocking due the the cas settings and the heat spreaders on it. Should I even chance messing with the fsb or just wait until i can buy the new memory and mobo?

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    Ya memory speed should at least match that of ya CPU's FSB (200MHz = 400DDR = PC3200).

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    What brand memory do you guys recommend? From what i have read it seems like Kingston or Mushkin is the best. What do you guys think? How can I double check the memory I have installed now. Because i'm not 100 % it pc 2700?

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    There should be a sticker on the memory stick which states its speed.

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