|This is the chip I bought:|
I think I will probably end up running it on the 2500 MHz settings, but if I can do more (stably), I want to have that option. If I kill it, I still have my Barton 2500 to use, so I'm not worried about it. Though if I do fry it, then I can learn from my experience and perhaps give a little boast to the 2500.
I bought this XP-M to experiment with over-clocking and to make my old system last a while longer without having to build a whole new one. I already have 2 gigs of Corsair PC3200, and I thought I could overclock on the board I have. I guess I was wrong. Instead of spending even more money on a whole new system, if I can get a good board that will make everything work together well, it's cheaper when considering my recent expenditures as sunk costs.
I certainly appreciate your concerns, but don't worry about it. I bought these things with my tax return ;)