GA-965P-S3 rev3.3 + E4300...What memory?

nikao27

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Hey guys.
I plan on building up a new system:
GA-965P-S3 rev3.3
E4300
7600gt (not sure of the brand yet)
I'll also get a good CPU cooler.
I want to overclock both the CPU and the video card.

I work at Microbytes (computer store in Quebec), so I pay cost on all parts. Price is not a big problem, but I will stay with 1G. I'd like to know what you guys would recommend me for the memory.
I'd like to overclock the CPU around 400Mhz (or more), to see how good the E4300 can do, but maybe I wont run it 24/7 at that frequency.

Actually, the brands I could get would be OCZ, Corsair...or Kingston...but I wouldn't take Kingston for OCing...heh...
I was thinking about the OCZ 800Mhz 1G or the Corsair XMS2 800Mhz 1G.

I'd like to see your "Top 3" or something like that for what memory I should use on this setup. Also, what would be the best timings here?

Thanks!
 

nikao27

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Finally, these are my options with the prices in CAD...I also save taxes.

143$ OCZ 800Mhz 1G Gold Kit
146$ OCZ 800Mhz 1G Plat Kit
144$ Kingston 800Mhz 1G Kit
164$ Kingston HyperX 800Mhz 1G Kit CL4 or CL5
164$ Corsair 800Mhz 1G Twinx C4
176$ Corsair 800Mhz 1G Twinx C5

What would you guys recommend?
 

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Hey guys.
I plan on building up a new system:
GA-965P-S3 rev3.3
E4300
7600gt (not sure of the brand yet)
I'll also get a good CPU cooler.
I want to overclock both the CPU and the video card.

I work at Microbytes (computer store in Quebec), so I pay cost on all parts. Price is not a big problem, but I will stay with 1G. I'd like to know what you guys would recommend me for the memory.
I'd like to overclock the CPU around 400Mhz (or more), to see how good the E4300 can do, but maybe I wont run it 24/7 at that frequency.

Actually, the brands I could get would be OCZ, Corsair...or Kingston...but I wouldn't take Kingston for OCing...heh...
I was thinking about the OCZ 800Mhz 1G or the Corsair XMS2 800Mhz 1G.

I'd like to see your "Top 3" or something like that for what memory I should use on this setup. Also, what would be the best timings here?

Thanks!

P965 chipset prefers 5-5-5 ram @ 1.8V. I've got my A-Data 2x512mb DDR2-800 sticks running 4-4-4-12 @ 1.9v even though they're 5-5-5s. They do run error-free @ DDR2-900, 5-6-6-20. I'd look at Newegg.com for your motherboard and see what the reviewers are having success with.

You could run 8x400, which your motherboard should be able to handle, no prob. read the article in my SIG to see the effect dropping the multiplier has on the NB fsb.
 

zenmaster

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1st off, you want to OC the 4300 at least 600MHZ and run like this 24/7.
This is a VERY light OC for the 4300.

For this speed you only NEED DDR2-533 RAM.
You can likely push this CPU to 3.0Ghz w/o special cooling w/ DDR2-667 RAM.

DDR2-800 RAM is overkill for such light overclocking.
 

nikao27

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1st off, you want to OC the 4300 at least 600MHZ and run like this 24/7.
This is a VERY light OC for the 4300.

For this speed you only NEED DDR2-533 RAM.
You can likely push this CPU to 3.0Ghz w/o special cooling w/ DDR2-667 RAM.

DDR2-800 RAM is overkill for such light overclocking.
The 4300 runs at 200Mhz...right?
It has a multiplier of 9...right?
If I overclock to 400Mhz, it means 400x9...right?
400x9=3600...3600Mhz=3.6Ghz...right?

Actually, 600Mhz would make 5.4Ghz...that's a bit too much :lol:
If I'm right, I should be able to go up to 3.6Ghz with PC-6400 without OCing the RAM.

Correct me if it's wrong, but 800Mhz would be a good choice if I want to push the CPU a bit higher than 3.6Ghz.
 

zenmaster

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No, you have lots of things confused.
To start, The E4300 runs at 1.8ghz.
You said you wanted to OC the "CPU" 400mhz.
This is a result of 2.2ghz.

Perhaps you meant that you want to OC the "FSB" by 400mhz.

The "Std" FSB for the E4300 is 800Mhz and required DDR-2 400
This yields a speed of 1.8GHZ for the CPU.

If you increase the FSB to 1033Mhz which is the Std for the rest of the Core2Duo lineup, this yields a speed of 2.4Ghz for the E4300 and requires DDR-2 533 RAM.

If you increase the FSB to 1333 this will result in a speed of 3.0Ghz for the E4300 and DDR-2 667 RAM. This is about the max speed for the E4300 which does not require significant tweaking of voltages and other items. This is what I consider the MAX OC for 24/7 operation, but others could have different views.

For anything over 3.0Ghz, you will need DDR2-800.
Most report they hit ceilings between 3.2 and 3.4GHZ.
However, this requires a fair increase in voltage to hit and may not be best for long-term use.

(Note: A FSB of 1200Mhz which is 400Mhz over the Default results in a 2.7Ghz speed and requires DDR2-667 RAM. The E4300 can still run at stock voltages at this speed in most cases.)
 

nikao27

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I meant I want to overclock the FSB clock of 200Mhz (as in "200Mhz x 9 = 1800Mhz=1.8Ghz) to about 400Mhz. That would mean a FSB of 1600 and represents 3.6Ghz.

BTW I just decided I would take the Corsair XMS2 800Mhz 1G TwinX C4.
 

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DDR2-667 is what you want with that CPU, anything more is overkill. I have the exact same set up as you and overclocked at 3Ghz with Arctic Cooling F7 Pro ($20 CAD) with no trouble. OCZ has a $15 rebate on said memory right now I think.

Check out www.directcanada.com, best Canadian site to get parts from by far. :) No PST! :D
 

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Just one thought. I own an E4300 with a Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 MB and DDR2 800 Memory and I was unable to get it to 3.6Ghz (9 X 400). The highest stable FSB speed I was able to reach was 360Mhz, and it wouldn't boot past 370Mhz. (Yes I know about FSB dead spots and tried increasing the FSB past it :D )
If I lower the multiplier to 8 I'm able to boot up at FSB500 but the system only recognizes FSB390. It all seems to depend on which version of the E4300 you get because people with earlier versions of the E4300 don't seem to have the same problem. I suspect this FSB wall may be due to immature MB support for the E4300. I'm running the latest BIOS and still nothing. I hope you have better luck than I did but be aware that it may not be as easy as cranking the FSB up to 400.