What would LIMIT me OC'ing this?

weatherphobia

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Using these parts to discuss.

#1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 95W Quad-Core CPU With Op Frequency 2.5GHz & FSB 1333MHz

#2 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard With FSB of 1600/1333MHz

#3 And 4GB of DDR2-800 Ram for this same system with some SPECS..
Speed DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Cas 4 Timing 4-4-4-12
Voltage 1.8V - 1.9V Heat Spreader Yes

With those parts 800mhz ram and cpu and motherboard, would there be any limiting factor to Overclock that CPU?
If there were some change to make, except the cpu, to make this system more Overclockable?

If a change would be needed then would it be The Ram or the Motherbaord? and do you have a model or link to provide as a replacement.

What if instead of the ddr2-800 I chose above I decided to go with CAS 5 or even CAS 6 levels buy choosing a DDR2-1066 ram? I've even seen good ranking for CAS 7 ram that was 100% more expensive than the others and tons of people bought those CAS 7 ram sticks by the hundreds. People seem to love buying the highest frequency ram and pay no attention to the latency...I wonder why that is...

But back to the LIMITS to overclock, does anyone see any?

thanks all!
 

richardscott

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yea cos of the lower spec cpu you get a lower multi so you need a higher fsb the most likely thing to hold you back will be the ram atm id go for some cas5 1066 stuff. if you cant afford it then only get 2gb for now
 

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How far are you looking to take the 9300? Bumping the FSB to 400 will give you 3GHz, 450 and you'll be at almost 3.4GHz. The 9300 has a small 7.5 multiplier, so hitting 4GHz will be hard. (4000 / 7.5 = 534MHz FSB) If you want a 1:1 ratio, you'll need 1066MHz ram. Just depends on how high you want it. Speaking of which, what cooler are you using?
 

weatherphobia

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So I guess OC is done in the bios of the MB. Guess I'll have to wait until my MB gets here and we boot it up. I wish my life was not so dark and alone and with a chance to survive or escape alive. But I will take your OC advice and go it slow with overclocking..

thank you sir