Currently I have a Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT and a Core2Duo E7500 OC'd to 3.33 Ghz With 4GB (2 x 2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 Ram and an EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked. I would like to get the E7500 up to either 3.8Ghz or 4Ghz if possible. I tried just doing what I did to get to 3.33 Ghz but my system becomes unstable and crashes so I'll likely have to mess with voltages and all that good stuff. System doesn't post past 333Mhz fsb and 3.66Ghz (333 x 11) is unstable blue screening Windows 7 x64. Some games such as TF2 don't perform good for some reason, fps drops constantly to 30 fps and sometimes below that on certain maps. I'm hoping by bumping up clock speed that I might be able to squeeze more fps out or maintain higher fps. Although there is really no excuse or legitimate reason why TF2 shouldn't perform much better on my hardware and read some with beefy gaming rigs are also being affected by severe fps drops. TF2 seems to be choosy with what hardware it works well with so some players aren't affected by this and it seems to be a random issue with some hardware and configurations. Besides that I have some applications that could benefit from a higher clock speed so at least 3.8Ghz - 4Ghz is what I'm aiming for.
Unrelated to overclocking but I'm seeking an answer to the following:
Is there any way to repair my Sabertooth X58's? One of them had an electrical problem that would make the system lose power and randomly shut down or reboot. I tried to resolder the power connections but couldn't get the solder to set in right and just got blobs, not sure if I ruined that board. The other one just failed for no reason, stopped posting and only the cpu/dram lights light up without beeps or posting.
I would like to use my i7 again as well as my other GTX 460 in sli. The problem here is I don't trust eBay or Craigslist, Newegg and Amazon have very limited stock now for LGA1366 boards and sellers on Amazon are selling five year outdated (by three generations) tech for jacked up prices. One seller selling the same Sabertooth X58 boards as I have is selling them for $250 used whereas I only paid $200 brand new back in 2010 and 2012 on both Newegg and Amazon. There is no way I'd pay that much for a replacement board used especially not when I've had two quit on me so far after only around a year of use. I managed to screw up somehow and voided the warranty which is why I'm either trying to repair it or find a cheap replacement somewhere. So it's either jacked up prices or some cheap or no name crap for a replacement LGA1366 board. That's why I went with an E7500 and a cheap LGA775 board until I could afford to upgrade to Haswell or whatever is the latest when I can afford to upgrade. At first it was only less than $30 for the E7500 but the LGa775 board I had since 2008 was unstable and might've bit the dust. I ended up receiving an LGA775 GIgabyte G41MT-S2PT in exchange for some work I did so either way it was under $30 out of my pocket which is why I went this route but no such luck finding a cheap LGA1366 replacement that is good for overclocking and supports sli..