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    Default Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    Howdy y'all....way to push that stereotype...hehehe....sorry 16hrs @ work and still going....

    Need help in breaking the 2.5 Ghz. I've been overclocking systems since I learned how to on my Athlon XP 2500+ Barton core. I've somewhat overclocked my current setup but I'm a little disapointed with the results. Specs as follows:

    Case: Silverstone SST-LC03 Customized (2x 80mm exhaust fan, 1x 80mm intake fan)
    MB: MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum
    Chip: AMD64 3200+ (Forgot the core name but I know I got the good one)
    Ram: 2x Corsair XMS TWIN X Dual Channel PC4000 (2 GB total memory)
    GPU: eVGA 6600GT 128MB RAM
    Customed Thermaltake BIG Water cooling (2x 120mm Radiators) cooling GPU and CPU.

    Settings:
    CPU Voltage: 1.55v (I think)
    Ram Voltage: 2.8v
    HTT: 4x
    FSB: 250
    Mutliplier: 10x
    Ram Timing: Set @ 166 auto/default timing


    I can hit 2.5 GHz but I know I can hit a higher mark. I lower my HTT to 3x but still can't go over 251 FSB. I up the voltage and still nothing. What is wrong???

    BTW: 32-36 degrees with no load. 45-48 @ 100% load. All in Celcius. Water temps from both radiator cores (intake).

    HELP!!!

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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    Houston... at least you didn't get hit too hard. Got a couple of step brothers in the surrounding area and they didn't suffer any damage. I'm from Amarillo BTW.

    You might try loosening up the memory timings a bit just to see if it can go higher. I generally prefer to run more aggressive timings but if you're just looking to see how high you can get the processor, then it may be an idea to accomplish this. If this doesn't work then you may need to look into some way to raise the RAM voltage. OCZ makes a DDR Booster but it isn't compatible with all motherboards. You might check out their site and look for your MSI board.
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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    Houston evacuated for no reason. I guess better safe than sorry. WE HAD .3 INCHES OF RAIN FOR GODSAKE!!! I was sort of dissapointed. Were you hit?

    Hitting a high speed is not my concern actually. See attached. I promise you that that is no BS. Not photoshopped or anything. Stayed on for a good 45 secs after booting.

    What I need is hopefully 2.8-3.0 GHz range that is stable. Heat issues are no problem because I plan to get a mini fridge for cars, poke 2 holes on the side, keep it on and put my radiators with the fans in there. That should keep it down.

    Mem timings as follows:
    3-3-3-7

    Not sure if that's ok.

    Should I lower my HTT, up the bus and voltages? Oh also, I think I have a 400-420W PS. Maybe higher?

    Powered items:
    3 80mm fans (intake/exhaust)
    2 120mm radiator fans
    3 Maxtor 250GB 7200Rpms HDs
    1 DVD Dual layer Burner
    2 Pumps
    and my GPU.

    Ideas?
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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    You'll get no where unless you replace that PSU. I'm almost suprised you can overclock it at all. If you expect to be stable at anywhere near 3GHz, you'll probably want something over 500W from a good brand.

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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    I kinda thought so. Ordering OCZ Powerstream 600W. I know that I have no SLI yet but might as well be ahead of the game.

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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    that corecenter it's a litle stupid...once i was testing fsb @245 a run hotcpu tester and for a few second corecenter put the fsb to 766, didn't crash but...........stupid i guess
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    1,8Ghz @ 290*9=2,6Ghz 100% stable

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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    That's why you overclock in the BIOS, not with some silly program...

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    New problem!!!! I just got my eVGA 6600GT AGP ed. I put it in and nothing. Doesn't post!!! What is wrong!!!!!

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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    No, not a drop of rain here from the storm.

    What was the old card?
    You mentioned earlier water cooling for the GPU... is it mounted properly?
    Do you get any beep codes from BIOS when you power up?
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    Default Re: Breaking the 2500 MHz Barrier

    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    No, not a drop of rain here from the storm.

    What was the old card?
    You mentioned earlier water cooling for the GPU... is it mounted properly?
    Do you get any beep codes from BIOS when you power up?
    No this is a new card I got yesterday. Completely stock. I even defaulted the bios to make sure. It just doesn't post. When I insert my old card, it boots up fine. Maybe I got a dud?

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