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Old 23rd August, 2005, 03:27 PM
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Noob help request - Overclocking Athlon XP 3000+

Hi all,
I'm a newbie to Overclocking and I'm looking for some advice/guidance in this.

My Specs are:
Athlon XP3000+2.167Ghz Barton CPU
Asus A7V8X-X mobo
1 GB (2 X 512MB) PC3200 DDR 512MB RAM
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Atlantis PRO 128MB Graphics Card

I have not upgraded the BIOS since I got the system, and I'm running Windows XP Pro.

Anyhow, Can anybody suggest what type of overclocking I can do on this System with a standard setup (Heatsink that came with chip) that will be pretty stable ?

Like I said, I'm a total newbie when it comes to this, so any advice/pointers would be great !

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Old 23rd August, 2005, 05:27 PM
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The best approach in my opinion is to bump the front side bus up by 5mhz, and then test for stability using stability utilities the can be found here in the AOAFiles section.

Once you have determined a speed is stable step up to the next speed.

The whole time you test for stability you want to be watching your temperatures. You can do this with a program like MBM or SpeedFan. You want your cpu temperature to stay below 50C or so with an Athlon XP.
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Before you do anything, make sure your system is stable as it is. Second, ensure that your AGP hz is set to 66. Third, Stay calm and patient. The key to overclokcing is not to see how high you can get it, it is to see how high you can maintain a stable and usable system. I just posted a long thread to Noob 3500 AMD post about the proper method to overclocking.

Quote by:funnyperson1:
"You can do this with a program like MBM or SpeedFan. You want your cpu temperature to stay below 50C or so with an Athlon XP."

You better heed close to this persons advice about the heat!!!
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Try dropping your multiplier down .5 or 1x then lift up your Front Side Bus I go 1Mhz or 2Mhz at a time higher the faster but when you get to high then you will need more voltage for the CPU to run stable BE VERY CAREFULL HERE you will also most likely need better cooling then as well watch your temps. If you don't want to go that high try dropping your RAM timings down this will make your system run faster aswell but if you go to low it will also become unstable. My timings where 8-5-5-3 now 5-4-4-2 with noticeable speed differance.
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