Ok, I went into BIOS and the CPU FSB Clock is set at 200. I'm not sure if that was the original setting or if I put it that way, but it seems highly unstable. All my 3d games lock up after about 10-20 minutes of play.
My BIOS, the program that came with the mobo and Aida 32 all agree that my system is around 41-43C so I don't think it's a heat problem.
Please any suggestions on how to get this thing to be quick, but stable!!
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What does that mean? the multiplier? I haven't a clue about OC'ing... total OC n00b cause my previous setups weren't worth the risk. Now I have a quality setup and want speed and stability.... I want my cake and I'm damn well going to eat it too!
So more explanation would be very much appreciated!
Also, what is an FSB Spread spectrum? The settings are .5% and 1.0% I believe...
Also, someone said something to me before about my memory ratio... currently it's set to "By SPD" like most of my settings... should I change it or leave it alone? Is there a science to it or just trial and error?
First...You said you have it set to 10 X 200 at 1.75V. Have you tried 10 X 200 at 1.65V? You only need to raise your V-Core if it is unstable, and then ONLY in increments of 0.025V, not a whole 0.1V! Then try 10.5 and see if that is good. When you were at 11 you crashed games because it was unstable. A slight V-Core increase will solve this... Just watch your heat.
Second...FSB Spread spectrum... leave it at default levels for now.
Third...Memory Ratio is set to By SPD. By switching this to User Defined you will be able to adjust you Latency timings, currently set to 7-3-3-2.5. I'd bet you could run it at 6-2-2-2. Try it and see.
Fourth...AGP clock control. Leave it at default levels. Overclocking your video card is done with your OS and drivers, not through the bios!
I updated all drivers and my bios since that reply. The BIOS reset so I set it to 200Mhz FSB and 10.5 multiplier. It seems stable through benchmark. I have the Voltage on auto...is that dangerous? Idle temp and voltage are 108F (CPU) and 1.6 V.
Don't know if I want to increase, I like to have stability over speed.
I also OC'd the video card through windows to 324/428... that's the highest level that remains stable, or so it seems.
I've got a score of 1645 now. Still seems damn low, but much better than before.
Memory at 6-2-2-2.0 - think I'm getting away with it so far.
Also, my slider for performance/quality on my vid card is in the middle (Performance)
what i set as my ram timings for my nforce2 mobo is 10-2-2-2 because when i set it at around 10-11 i get a 2.4-2.5% increase of memory bandwidth. and how on earth do u change your ratio, i thought that the bartons now are all locked.