In Need of Guidance! ((Overclocking my CPU+RAM))
I'm overclocking for the first time, with the following specs:
MSI K8N-Neo4 Platinum
2x1gb OCZ PC-3200 RAM, 2.5-3-2-5
I've been skimming through oodles of OC info, and what i did first was to find the CPU max... so i lowered RAM to 100mhz, lowered the LDT multiplier to 3x, and raised the HT speed (default 200 x 9.0) all the way up to 298 on stock voltage where it was stable for a 8 hours torture test on prime95 (both cores).
I think I understand the way CPU OC'ing works now.... but I think I've hit a wall when it comes to understanding how the RAM stuff works. I at least know it was a mistake buying PC3200! Basically, as soon as I raise the RAM above 100MHz (which, when together with 298, should be 149Mhz) to 133MHz (which should still be under 200MHz, the normal speed, right?) and I select save and quit in the Bios, I stop getting a signal and I need to reset the CMOS.... What's up with that? I tried raising the Ram voltage but to no avail.
What are your suggestions, oh most wise Techforumers?
If I should loosen timings, which should I loosen? Also, I think my 'command rate' is at 2T by default... I've heard that it should be at 1T; what of that?
What kind of compromises am I looking at in terms of performance at the moment?
I thirst for info!
Thanks in advance!
*Opteron 165 @ 2.7 Ghz
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
2 GB OCZ PC3200
Gigabyte 8800 GTX
24 inch display (with bonus high pitched squeaky sound-- thx gateway)
*Dell XPS Gen2 laptop