Originally posted by Nirvana89
so I guess it would be more simple to just oc my graphics card rather than the whole cpu?
I kinda would like overclocking the cpu but I don't wanna take a chance of overclocking the bandwidth of the pci-e slots that i'll have. I can hold off on that until I have experience in ocing. When you were talkin about ocing the cpu you mentioned "adjusting your multiplier". I assume that that has to do with a few pages back when you were explaining this stuff to me. So going back to that, I would have to get software to change my multiplyer, or cpu to RAM communication speed. I'm going to attempt to put this knowledge to use.
The DFI board that I'm getting says it has a FSB of 1000mhz. I'm guessing the multiplyer is 10....100x10. So I would make the pci-e slots independant first. Then I would increase the 100 number to 200 and make the multiplyer five? So, did I do that right?
Okay, so just for now, lets say I was right. I have now oced my cpu to RAM communication. Now I use the program to oc my video card. I increase my core speed and memory until I see "artifacts".
I assume that those are the two things you can oc. So ocing brings faster cpu to RAM communication and faster video card processing. Sounds pretty good to me.
When talking about cooling, I think I'll get a heatsink fan. Do I put that on the athlon 64 chip like what I see in my computer that I am using now? And if I get an Arctic fan for the video card do I set that on top of the video card or do I set these fans on the case walls?
a lot of boards do not in fact have the ratio of expansion slots:FSB/HTT. in fact I doubt most boards do, however there are some that do. I doubt the DFI Lanparty is one of them that do.
when overclocking your CPU, try and find the limit of your core speed (let's say 2.8GHZ) which can have a FSB/HTT of 280MHZ and a multiplier of 10
what you do next is lower your multiplier, and increase the FSB/HTT accordingly to match the core speed limit, which will give you a higher memory bandwith with that core speed.
let's say you can get your memory to 350MHZ (or DDR700, which is a pretty insane speed) you can have youre multiplier at 8, so that 350x8=2800MHZ
then you will have a memory transfer speed of 350MHZ (or DDR700) and a core speed of 2.8GHZ.
DFI says its board has a HTT of 1000. the total communication speed of the CPU is 2000MHZ, reserving 1000MHZ to communicate with expansion cards and such via the southbridge, and 1000MHZ for the northbridge and memory - systems before A64 used memory via the northbridge, but now it doesn't do much. although I think it still has a few small roles, otherwise they would have just removed it
to find the limit of your CPU, basically, you overclock it until you get errors, or the system crashes. your CPU will far more readily crash the system than actually cause physical damage. there's about a 100000:1 chance of it crashing, rather than causing physical damage.
plus, a lot of motherboards shut down the system when the CPU gets hot
along with that, overclock your GPU (core and mem) until you see artifacts, and now your system can just pump out fps (frames per second) like there's no tomorrow. you can also set higher details for nicer graphics
and pookyman is right. there's no need to get a PCI sound card, as the DFI's onboard 8-channel (7.1) sound card does a damn good job