does ram and fsb speed really make that big of difference?

Dangman

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That DDR2 667 RAM is more than enough to OC with the E5200:

Stated FSB/4 = Actual FSB
Multiplier x Actual FSB = CPU Speed
1:1 Ratio: 2 x Actual FSB = RAM Speed
1:1 Ratio: FSB = 1/2 RAM speed

E5200:
Multi x Actual FSB, RAM Speed = Clock Speed
12.5 × 200Mhz = 2.5Ghz, DDR2-400 <<== Stock speeds
12.5 × 266Mhz = 3.3Ghz, DDR2-533 <<== Easy OC
12.5 × 333 = 4.167Ghz, DDR2-667 <<== Possible max OC.
 

malicious

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yea the question was more:

would 7.5 x 533 = ~4ghz be THAT much better than 12.5 x 333 in games

the answer that i'm coming to is no

tight timings + 1:1 = best bang for buck in games

no need for super high fsb or expensive ram

(i'm getting all these thought from and xbit labs article i just read so....)
 

malicious

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plus my ram can run at 355 44412 1:1 = 4.4ghz at 12.5 w/ e5200

conclusion: this ram should let me push my new chip to the max and not take a huge hit in gaming either....

games = vidcard (duh) probably going to go with 9600gt or something... but that's for another thread
 

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Get a good idea of what type of FSB you want to run. For your CPU, pc800 is plenty, you won't go over a 400mhz FSB and you can keep it at 1:1
 

malicious

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i already have 667 ram that will run 44412 at 355

don't think i'll spring for the 800 even though you can get it these days for like 35 bucks for 2gigs
 

malicious

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things that really do make a difference i'm guessing are:

gpu model
cpu speed
hard drive? - i'm still using an old Barracuda IV - is there a nnoticeable difference with the newer mainstream drives?
 

bigdogchris

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Yeah you're fine. @335fsb, your theoretical limit is 4.4ghz, and you won't get that. Keep what you have.
 

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i'm still using an old Barracuda IV - is there a nnoticeable difference with the newer mainstream drives?
There is, but the difference is mainly with load times. If you're okay with your current speeds, there's no need to buy a new drive.
 
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