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T-Mania

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To whom this may concern,
First of all, i would like to thank all those that have responded to my previous questions. Recenetly i purchased a AMD 3200+ with a-LanParty UT nF3 250Gb-motherboard. I have heard that these processors are more fragle then normal ones, so i am a little hesitant to go all out in overclocking it. However, i have also heard that my motherboard is a fairly nice one. Would it be to much to overclock it 300Mhz or 400Mhz? Although the temperature might not go up would it wear the processor out quickly? And lastly, just as a side question, when OC, if i left the voltage where it was and just increased the FSB Bus Frequency? Thanks a ton for taking your time to listen
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Peter
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Hi,

Let me try to explain, it ain't that the 3200+ is more fragile it just can't take heat as well as intel. Heat wears out any cpu faster, the school of thought with overclocking (OC) is that a cpu under recommended usage will last 10 years if overclocking a cpu it will cut its life in half or there abouts. The thing here is a cpu in 5 years will be outdated and need to be upgraded anyway so why not oc it.

As for your 3200+ if you keep the temp under 60c it will be fine. I always keep mine around 40c at idle and mid 50c's when under full load.

You may need a better than stock hs and extra case fans when overclocking to accomplish this.

The first rule to oc is know how to clear your cmos and monitor temps.

Bump up your fsb in small amounts lets say 10 or 20 mhz's till it is unstable or won't boot then clear cmos back off the fsb a bit, add a little vcore and see if its stable, then add fsb and more vcore in small amounts till you are unwilling to add anymore vcore because of heat or the cpu, ram or something just won't allow it to be stable.

During this process you should run a program like prime95 witch will fully load the cpu and check for stability under full load all the while you are watching your temps

These are only the basics you can mess with ram timings and ram voltages to get a little more but you don't have to for a moderate overclock and I don't really want to go there.

Rick
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