tryed and failed................trying again


Apr 20, 2004
I posted this in the overclock section but no love. I figured with a little more flow to this forum maybe i could get some help.

I looked around and i see a little of what i want and its still missing a lot.

I want to get a A64 3000+ Winchester and OC it. BUT i need to know what motherboard would provide the best and easiest OC.

1. I think from what i have read in threads and elsewhere that the MSI K8N Neo2 that right?

2. Ram, i know i need some headroom above PC3200 obviusly. Do i want 1gig of Ballistix PC4000? Or is there a cheaper option that is better or an equal priced option thats better?

3. Cooling. Will i need something other then stock cooling? if so what HSF/thermal paste is recomended?!?

. I know some, but not a lot about OCing. Is there a site or someplace that would kind of break this down step by step? I am not looking for massive OCing like 3Ghz, but a nice 2.4-2.6Ghz would be perfect for my first time.


The streakbreaker....


Dec 31, 2007
Here's a site with a lot of info on overclocking;

I've heard good things about the MSI board as well. As for memory, again, I'd read some reviews before you buy, especially with that board to see which memory works the best. Stock cooling can get you some reasonable overclocks, but it just depends on how far you want to go...

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Try post each question in the relevant forums if you still don't get a response.

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..oh yeah - and to try to answer your Q's:

1 - any Nforce 3 Mobo will do nicely
2 - I'm no expert - but Ballistix is good.
3 - Stock will be good up to 2.4, I think u'd need something better for higher O/C.

Like my water cooling for example :lol:

When I get my 90nm A64 - 2.8Ghz here I come!!!

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Jan 19, 2003
I tried posting a similar question regarding the memory, but I got no replies. Anyways, here is what I believe:

1. Yes, the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum seems to be a great motherboard for overclockers.
2. Get the Athlon 64 3200+ and some cheap Corsair PC3200 CAS 2.5. The multiplier on this CPU is set at 10x. This way, you can set the FSB to 240 (Hypertransport Multiplier @ 4x = 960MHz), set the memory setting at PC2700 which is basically a 166/200 divider, that will immediately give you a 200MHz speed on your memory (240 * 166/200). The result will be 2.4GHz (Athlon 64 3800+).
- Of course you can get PC4000 and run your memory at 240MHz as well instead of 200MHz, but I don't think the extra performance justifies the added cost ($268 vs $146).
3. From what I've read, 2.4GHz should be quite easilly attainable with stock cooling. After all, you can try and only if you fail then spend the extra money on more advanced cooling solutions.

Hydor L30 pimp,
A64 Danger Den RBX waterblock (currently ghetto style cooling an Athlon2500@3200)
120Thermochill Rad
Criticool waterplant rez

all 1/2" tubing

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