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  1. Change them one by one. If it fails to boot or you get a blue screen at windows startup, obviously you pushed it too much. Even if it does boot up, there could still be problems, and the way to test for that is to run Memtest86. Google it, download it, and burn it to CD. You have to boot off it for it to work. Since it was on auto, I bet you still have a bit of headroom in the memory to exploit, depending on the quality of it. Like I said, play with the CAS first, as it makes the biggest difference, but the others can add up too. These timing are highly dependant on the FSB frequency of your motherboard. If you lower that frequency (and hence lower your CPU speed) you might be able to get a significant boost in memory timings out of it that could actually give you better performance. You just have to play around with it and see. Oh yeah, I hope you know how to reset your CMOS settings on your motherboard manually. If you don't, find out how before you proceed. If you can't even get to the BIOS screen after changing a setting, you need to reset the CMOS.
  2. How can you know how to OC yet not know anything about memory timings?? Anyway, I have done some benchmarks, and yes memory timing make a noticable difference. The biggest factor is the CAS timing. Looking at your timings it seems that you either have it on auto, or you increased it for your CPU overclock. In any case, those timings are quite long and could be hurting performance. My CAS timing is 2.0. Going from CAS timing of 2.5 to 2.0 was the equivalent of about 40MHz in CPU overclocking. Use Memtest86 to check for memory errors. It's time consuming, but change each timing by a step, run memtest, and if the're aren't any errors, lower it again, and so on. Use a benchmark program to gauge your progress (I like AquaMark3 the best). Raising the voltage of your RAM can sometimes get you faster timings, and enable the memory to run faster, but don't increase it too much. In short, your timings are too long. If it won't boot by lowering the timings, try cutting back on your CPU overclock and then try lowering the timings. It's very possible that you will have better performace with a slower CPU and tighter memory timings.
  3. 60% use 60Hz refresh rate? OMG, I can't stand anything below 75, or I go blind.
  4. I had the same problem. I fix it by rebooting. I can only get it working once per reboot, however. Closing and trying again results in a hang at loading sounds for the second account.
  5. 3800 X2 is twice as expensive. I don't think that's in the budget. I'd ditch the mobo and 3400+ and get a DFI mobo and an Opteron 144 (socket 939). You can overclock it to 2.5 GHz on stock settings and it has double the L2 cache of the others (better performance). Now if you can afford the 3800 X2, then get it, but I suspect it's out of the budget.
  6. I had a similar problem a while back with my SATA/IDE drive settup. I couldn't solve it, but it didn't matter, as I was switching mobos and systems at the time. You do have to load the drivers for the SATA when you install XP. That much I know.
  7. What's your CPU speed right now? If it's much below 2.5 GHz, you likely will not see a significant improvement in FPS just by changing the video card.
  8. Opties are great. I'm running a 144 OC'd to 2.5 GHz on stock voltage and cooling. Now I'm kinda wishing I got the 165, but I didn't have the money at the time.
  9. Are you planning on using your old harddrives for the new rig? If they are not SATA, make sure the motherboard you get supports PATA and SATA, else you will need an adaptor.
  10. Do you know if you want dual core or not? Dual core won't really help you in BE, and the extra money can be used to get a faster single-core CPU in some instances. However, if you do other stuff besides gaming, you might consider it...and quite frankly, the future IS dual core.
  11. They made NF2 for AMD64s? I thought it was only Athlon XPs? Anyway, try the NT fix and defrag your HD. Is the HD you play off of almost full? That could cause problems too.
  12. what's your budget? then we can start
  13. I'd like to get one, but after reading through all the reviews on them at Newegg, I'm not so sure. I don't want to deal with dead pixels and color gradients. What update rate is ok for gaming? Is 12ms good enough? Or should I just stick with my old CRT? This one seems to be the best I came up with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustRatingReview.asp?Item=N82E16824001070
  14. Does it do the same thing if you alt-F4 from the game?
  15. An FX-60 with a GF7800 is the best you can get. FX-60 is the best CPU on the planet right now (but costs over $1000)