Quote: Originally Posted by winsupertweaker
When you are using your Desktop Computer for Gaming, always upgrade your Power Supply to at least 650 Watts...
I personally never recommend overclocking. If I want a faster processor, I want it to be the fastest mfg processor that will work with my mother-board and the processor Socket.
...Wow! What a difference when you have another 1Ghz speed increase. That can never be donen by overclocking in the end-user world. You would need liquid nitrogen. lol
With respect to gaming and graphics cards, it's not the PSU's overall wattage that matters; in fact, to a graphics card, watts are meaningless. Graphics cards require amps.
Most machines just don't use anything near the wattage of most modern PSU's. For anything but a high end gaming rig, 650 watts is overkill as you'll use just over half of that.
Of course, this is going to vary dependent on your video card; which brings me to my point. You want a power supply that has high amperage on the +12 volt rail. 500, 600, 700 watts, whatever, just make sure it's capable of at least 50 amps (to be safe), of course, the more the better. You need a lot of amps on the +12 because that's the rail that powers most of the machine.
Not recommending overclocking is always a safe bet, and a lot of times I don't recommend it either when I get the sense the user is a novice, or when I see he lacks the adequate hardware. However, to suggest that 1GHz overclocks can "never be done", or that you'd need nitro to keep temps down is wildly inaccurate.
True, it's harder to get a 1GHz oc from an AMD, but it can be done. Intel Core cpus on the other hand have been capable of 1GHz oc's since Conroe... which is a few years. My i5 2500k defaults at 3.3GHz; mine's at 4.5GHz. I can go 4.7GHz @ 1.31v, but it's pointless because at 4.5 the cpu is already pushing my graphics card as high as it will go. 4.7 and above only nets 1-3 fps increase.
If you do your homework and select the right parts, there will be little to no issues. Most board makers today include overclocking software (which is actually the worst way to do it; if you're going to do it, do it right, in the bios), and so they've made it so easy there's literally no thinking involved. Sure, all software overvolts, but, again, do your homework and don't rely on software.