|How about posting the make/model of your board & telling us which Sempron 3000+ you have? Is it a socket A, 754, 939, or AM2? The socket A Sempron is actually a rebranded AthlonXP, the others are stripped down versions of the Athlon64. And overclocking an AXP is totally different than overclocking an A64.|
"How far do you think I can safely push this thing up with ClockGen until it dies?"
The fact that you think you can "kill" a CPU by overclocking it means you have a lot to learn about overclocking. Overclocking does NOT kill CPUs & you can NOT overheat a CPU to death. The only thing that can kill a CPU is too much voltage. (EDIT: older CPUs, prior to the A64 & P4, did not have thermal protection & can be overheated to death).
To overclock "correctly", you need to be able to tweak ALL the buses (CPU, RAM, PCIe, PCI, AGP, etc), the CPU multiplier, voltages, etc. The problem with software overclocking is the lack of control of all the necessary settings so the results will be very limited. Regardless, software overclocking is the safest way to overclock even though the outcome will be poor.
"My kingdom for an unlocked BIOS!"
Did you look for one? There are plenty of BIOS modders out there that create unlocked BIOSes for many popular OEM boards. I used to post in the Rebels Haven forum which was the place to go to find modded BIOSes & BIOS info. With their help, I successfully unlocked several older Gateway/eMachines boards. Unfortunately their site is no more. It seems to have been replaced by BIOS-Mods.
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