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Socket 754 MBO - ram upgrade

macko911

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Hello, I have an Athlon 64 3400+ s754 @ 2400 MHz which I tried to overclock and for some time now I've been hiting 2580 MHz. FSB is @ 215 MHz and RAM is set @ 2:1 400 MHz. I tried to increase bus speed by 1 MHz from 216 to 220 MHz and none of this worked. Actually @ 216 and 217 I could manage to log on to desktop but it would freeze after 3-4 minutes. As soon as I returned FSB to 215 MHz everything worked normal, Windows booted, etc. I would like to achieve at least 2.65 or even 2.7 because I've read that this CPU is capable achieving it. So, after some talks with my friends I came to a conclusion that maybe I've been limited by RAM.
My question is what would be the best RAM upgrade, Corsair, OCZ, or is it something else??

Specs:
CPU: AMD AThlon 64 3400+ (Venice) @ 2580
CPU cooler: Gigabyte G-Power II Pro
MBO: Asu K8V-X
Memory: Kingmax 1 GB DDR
Transcend 1BG DDR
GPU: Asus AH3650 Silent 512 MB DDR2
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 160 GB PATA
WD Caviar Blue 250 GB PATA
PSU: MSI 400W

Thanks
 
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I've ran my OCZ platinums at 230Mhz without touching voltages.

Take into account that the maximum overclock not only depends on the CPU but on the board as well. I have a QX6800 that I can't get past 3.2Ghz on a 4 phase board but I tested it on a 6 phase board with modern VRMs and got to 4Ghz with ease.

Before plunging for some RAM try setting RAM at a lower ratio and find out just how far can the CPU go on your particular board.
 

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Yesterday I was trying all day to get over 2580 MHz but with no luck, so I decided to leave as is until I get better rams (I'll buy those ocz platinums you mentioned) and I'll get back with more info
 

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I have a Foxconn Winfast K8S760MG-6LRS here with a max fsb of 232 and i'm rollin it now at 230. My memory is cheap ass generic memory i got new from ebay and it rolls at 200mhz now. CPU is a 3200+ but with 1m cache which is rare for a 754. HIS IceQ 4670 1gig dd3. That rig is fast enoguh to roll win 7 pro 64bits aero. Nice rig you got there. HTPC and light gaming too I guess.

Go for Kingston value ram. I was able to overclock it on a socket 478 setup. The cpu was from 2.4 up to 3.0 so the ram was able to follow.