Originally posted by anthony1985
Ok i was just reading on the net that an athlon 2500 can get clocked upto a max of 2.7ghz so i was wondering what u reckon my system could manage.
motherboard is a nvidia nforce2 k7n2g-l with 2x HYNIX pc 2700u 256 ddr 333mhz ram.
Ive never clocked before would love to give it a go if someone could explain to me how, first of all though has it got potential to stop me from buying an athlon 3200 64 and new mobo.
(get back to me on this im really interested)
First off a 2.7GHz Athlon XP setup is not really comparable to a stock 64 3200. why? because the 3200 is 64-bit and has MUCH more potential than the dying XP line of chips. Your best bet is to go with the 64bit rig.
but back to overclocking. Your overclock depends on your MOBO, CPU, RAM, PSU mainly. If any of those has a weakness it's probably your RAM. Most PC2700 will overclock to 200MHz (providing it is good quality) anything above those speeds is pure lock of the draw. Your CPU needs to be unlocked (BIOS will probably tell you that), and your PSU needs to be at least 300watts with stable rails. If it is below a 300watter i would not suggest overclocking. Also your mobo has to support overclocking features like fsb adjusting, voltage options, RAM0FSB settings, RAM timings, the works. If you have met all those requirememnts you should be able to overclock. but before you do...upgrade from stock cooling as well...overclocking provides ALOT of heat at higher voltages and a stock HSF will not cut it.