Dont feel embarassed about being a "newb", everyone started somewhere and yes I know when you post on some boards some asshole with a high postcount comes off with some insult to "not waste everyones time" or to do something to your mother, but those people seem to forget at one stage they didnt know their ass from their elbow. A good first tip would be to go to http://www.memtest.org/ this site and download the file then burn via image in nero. this gives you a bootable image disc to test your memory stability and for any corruption. This is exceptionally important because sometimes with inexperienced overclocking or with an overclock beyond the limits of your memory you will risk hosing your Operating system or paging file meaning in a worst case scenario you will have to reinstall everything. that tool lets you test without going into windows. So in the case of a problem, you hit esc and go back into your bios and lower your settings (or loosen your ram timings). For CPU testing, get yourself the hold or either prime or a program which will keep your CPU at 100% load for 30 minutes,something along the lines of ImTOO.DVD.Ripper lets you RIP and convert a DVD to a DIVX. If you want to totally test your processor, this is a good real world test as it pushes your CPU to maximum load for a constant extended period of time. Playing games will not always be the perfect way to test as very few games keep your CPU under constant load for long periods. Now for your CPU, if you want to overclock "safely" then dont touch core volts - you are basically pushing more voltage through the processor meaning it can handle higher clock speeds (again not in every case but most), not touching core voltages is a basic rule of thumb that means although almost every CPU has a certain amount of headroom beyond its rated clock speed you wont be pushing voltages in excess of the manufacturers rated figures. If you run with a stock cooler its advised not to push much higher on core voltages if any, as they are not normally copper and wont be able to handle higher thermal outputs that come with higher voltages. An example would be, my last northwood processor clocked a 3ghz would hit 3.4ghz on stock voltage, but when raised to 1.7 volts would hit 3.8ghz, so a 400mhz increase at stock volts and with raised volts another 400mhz on top of that. I had a high end thermalright heatsink so it could handle the increased thermal output and kept the temperatures under 50c and it was stable - if I had used a standard heatsink supplied by the CPu manufacturer you can be assured at those higher voltages the temperatures would have been drastically higher and into dangerous levels. There are many guides tailored to beginner overclocking but if you have any questions just ask on Driverheaven, we have some experienced overclockers who can hopefully explain any questions you might need answered. Until you get more comfortable with overclocking terminologies and exactly what you are doing just stick with stock voltages and increase in minor increments while testing, even if you run into problems at worst all you will get is an unstable system not cooked hardware.