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Old 03-07-01, 11:04 AM
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Can someone please give me the fundamentals of what overclocking is, how you do it, watchouts (i.e. heat, etc.)????
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All depends on your system, really. Basically, most chips can actually run a lot faster than their stated speeds. You usually have to do something to "unlock" them, then you can eitehr change the multiplier and/or the bus speed of your system, both of which will increase the processor speed. You might also have to crank up the voltage, and you'll definitely have to add more cooling to your system if you want it to run stably. Bus speed, multiplier and voltage levels can all be controlled from BIOS if you have a decent motherboard, and since just about anything is better than the standard heatsinks/fans that come with most processors, cooling isn't too much of an issue. Basically, the more you can cool your system, the more you can overclock it; high temperatures kill chips and generally make your system run a lot less stable.

Check out http://www.overclockers.com/ and http://www.tomshardware.com/ for some basic information about overclocking. See if you can find some information relating to your particular motherboard and processor. If you know what you're doing and you know the specs of all your machine's hardware, it's pretty easy to do. But you have to take it one step at a time; wading in and cranking your multiplier up as high as it'll go is a one-way ticket to a fried CPU. Do some reading, find out what other people have done with similar systems to your own, and just take it slowly.
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One note: Intel chips have been multiplier locked for some time now. Athlon chips aren't (i think).
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before doing it read a lot about it unless burning out your processor is no big deal.

What type of motherboard do you have ,what processor do you have,type of ram(pc133 cas2 or 3 brand),what type of case do you have, what fans do you have in the case?.....

if you can not answer those types of questions then research your computer and learn as much as you can. you will see the problems that others had with the same components when overclocking.

Sometimes you just get a little and decide to leave it at that. I have my p3 800e overclocked to 880 Mhz. I decided that buying a new heatsink and fan for my cpu, then having to up the voltage running to my cpu was not really worth it. I am able to get another 10% out of my processor without really spending any more or doing much at all
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Research research research!!


I definitely recommend doing all the research you can before embarking on the great journey that is overclocking, b/c once you begin, there's no turning back!

And remember, once you begin, you're essentially voiding the warranty of your CPU, motherboard, and pretty much anything else inside of your computer.

Good luck!

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