I ran my 3200+ at something like 2.4 GHz. I took it down when I realized it didn't really matter that much; my graphics card is my bottleneck, and I haven't been able to OC it hardly at all.
Ha! I'm running Matrox graphics cards...I'm not gaming, but I do unnerstan.
Armed with confidence off of your post, I just "upped" my 3200+ 64 to 2.4 and am idling at about 47C (room is presently 69.3F, CPU fan is stock unit at 2312RPM). I'll let it sit here for a few work sessions (Photoshop and Flash) and see what kind of real world temps I bump up to. I do a lot of batch processing in Photoshop that can run to 45 minutes at near-full processor.
1. Where would you stop with a 3200+ Venice? Idle at 50? Extended loads at 55? I think AMD's benchmark is 65C...but I'm a wuss about these things.
2. I have no idea how to change my memory settings. I'm using 2 1 GIG sticks of Corsair XMS PC3200, and am getting great speed: AIDA32 says 4.7G/s read which is roughly equivalent to a P4-3.00HT with dual PC3200, and 1.8G/s write, which is higher than an FX-51 with dual PC3200 (I am using dual channels).
I know the memory is stock at 2.75 volts, and have the option of bumping it to 2.8...is that how I'd speed it up a bit, without changing anything else?
Mobo is an Asus A8V, and my diagnostics say the Mobo supports only 2.9v...I'm a bit confused (Lickety will corroborate this...).