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How to go about Overclocking my new Radeon 9800 Pro 256 mb ?

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Soooo, I just bought a new sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 256 mb version (not the XT) off of Newegg.... Since I've never dabbled in overclocking before, I just want to know as much relevant info as possible in terms of what cooling devices to employ (reasonably priced), what software to use, and anything else I might need to know so I dont end up with an expensive burnt out husk of a video card.  i've also heard that this can be relatively easily OCed to XT speeds.  Here are my other specs:

AMD 64 3000+, Asus k8v SE deluxe motherboard, 1 gb corsair ddr ram, 120 gb hd, etc, etc... I currently have a fan in the side of my case, in addition to cpu and video card fans.

Thanks.
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by:Callandor
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See http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_20881431.html for tips on tools to use.  

You should increase clock speeds a little at a time.  Good cooling is important, too.  Sites like www.overclockers.com, www.rage3d.com and www.tomshardware.com have good insights on how to tweak these cards.
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USE ATI tool to see what card is capible of when it starts to artifact thats as far as you should go. Then download rivatuner. http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?page=rivatuner&menu=8 HERE and enable low level overclocking. ALso if your card is capible of XT speeds it is an easy flash to XT. Also your card in new so it is a r 360 core same as XT so it is a prime canidate for the XT flash. Here is my R350 9800 Pro scores not to shabby. For a year old card http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k3=2582717 03 7519 3DMARK 03
Goodluck let me know if you need any more help.
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Also order the Zalman heatpipe with side fan best there is. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-118-216&depa=0 new version even better and here is sidefan. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-118-212&depa=0 get these two follow the instructions to the T and you will have a killer 9800 PRO or XT if you want to flash bios Enjoy :>)
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Also here is ATI tool to see what your card is safely capible of http://atitool.ocfaq.com/
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by:drumrboy44
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excellent just one more thing, should I consider adding more fans to my case? My case already has a sidefan, i think PSU fan, and the obvious VC fan and cpu fan.  Should I consider a fan controller?
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If it makes a noticeable difference in your case temperature, add more fans, and in your case, you could probably use at least one intake fan.  Cooler air inside the case will result in cooler cpu temperatures.  Try to create air flow, where air comes in near the front bottom and exits near the top back.  A fan controller is useful if you like quiet operation, but in that case, consider the heat pipe technology Dynamic1 listed - I have one and it works well.  There is also water cooling as an option, which I am currently investigating.
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I'd buy a VGA Silencer http://www.arctic-cooling.com/de/produkte/vga_silencer/ for that card. Go to httP;//www.driverheaven.net/guides/videocooling to help install that.
You don't just OC to XT speeds, but flash the BIOS. I'd recommend you use the Omega Drivers at http://omegadrivers.net because those come with a built in soft-mod and the drivers are optimized over the normal Catalyst drivers.

And btw, could you accept these answers so we get credit?
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by:drumrboy44
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Well I didnt want to accept until I got as much info out of you guys as possible :)
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LOL thats ok Drum if you have any more questions related to this we will still help you after points. are given. ANd BTW Defenetly go with 4 case fans if possible they just make it run cooler and protect your hardware.
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You really should not overclock ATI video cards. It takes a huge chunk of life right out of it. Dont overclock AMD cpus either
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