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Windows 7: Overclocking help?

03 Nov 2010   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zekramcross View Post
Thank you Lordbob for saving me from what almost was a CPU funeral.
Yeah... That would have fried your CPU VERY quickly.


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03 Nov 2010   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zekramcross View Post
Well I have done some research on the Dell website as long with some help from my techer in Tech school. My teacher says that increasing the voltage of my 6 year old CPU is kinda dangerous just like Fabe said, but it is possible to do some minor tweaking in the BIOS to increase the Bus speeds to 133 MHz to 150 MHz.

To add to this she also said something about cooling and how that is a BIG factor in OC. Also, she said not to do it becuase of the age of my CPU and stock cooling. My friend is a BIG fanatic when it comes to OC CPUs, but unfortunetly he also told me to NOT to do it becuase of age and cooling as well with other factors.

Well I would like to thank you guys for helping me out with my curious problem. I know didn't get to OC my CPU becuase of age, but I know I will get to do it on my future computer i'm buying later on( Don't worry I'll tell you guys what I bought when I buy it =)).
This seems to be solid advice.
Im not sure the age opf the CPU itself would be that much of an issue however.

The main problems for you at this point are the locked bios, and other hardware (motherboard) that simply can not handle the extra stress.

Although getting around the bios to OC is possible, even with in Windows software, I would highly advise against it.

As mentioned, even if you do unlock the bios, you will most likely be missing a lot of key settings that you'll need.
For example, setting the DRAM/FSB strap.

When you OC the CPU via the FSB, the RAM speed increses as well. Generally speaking, I think its best to leave the RAM at or below its rated speed.
RAM is the easiest piece of hardware to ruin when OCing BTW.

So if you have DDR2800 RAM, and its set at that speed, overclocking will make it run faster than it should be and most likely result in problems.

On the other hand, setting the DRAM/FSB strap so that RAM is running at 667mhz, you have headroom. Likely once you reach you intended goal on the CPU OC, the RAM will back or close to its rated 800Mhz speeds, even though the CPU is running faster.

If that makes sense

Honestly, if you want to explore Overclocking, your best bet is to build a machine around a Motherboard that is designed for it.
Many pre-built machines lock the bios for a couple reasons.
1. To prevent anyone from changing specs and ruining the hardware.
2. the boards themselves typically can not handle that extra stress OCing creates.

As mentioned, cooling is a big factor. You will want a decent aftermarket cooler for the CPU.
(Even if you have no intentions of Overclocking a good aftermarkerket CPU cooler is still a very good idea IMHO.)

I agree with everyone else. Best leave this build as it is.

In the meantime do a lot of research if you're curious, as Lordbob suggested.
Theres a lot to learn, but can be quite interesting and entertaining
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