|27 Jul 2013||#1|
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New to the whole OVERCLOCKING thing?
I have an average system and I have average computer operating knowledge but this OVERCLOCKING thing has peeked my interest. I'd like to tweak my average system into something I wouldn't be so bored with! Can someone help me tweak my system to run faster?
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|27 Jul 2013||#2|
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Sorry, I'm not as familiar with AMD setups, so I don't have much specific info on how to OC your system.
Generally what is OCed in a PC is the CPU, then the GPU, and then also sometimes the RAM and/or VRAM on the video card, usually in that order starting with the CPU as the main thing that is OCed.
When OCing, the main enemy is heat generated when components are more fully loaded crunching data as well as staying under safe operational voltages for the hardware. When OCing a CPU, often for it to be stable and not crash the voltage to it will need to be raised to a higher but still relatively safe level. To test stability there are different programs which can be used to load up the CPU such as Prime95, Intel Burn Test, and others. As mentioned, this will also cause the component to generate more heat, so you want to also monitor that (with programs such as Core Temp) to make sure it too is within safe limits and that your heat sink/cooler, airflow through your case, and home/room air conditioning are up to the task.
The motherboard and BIOS play a role too in what OCing features they offer.
Perhaps others here will be able to help more with your specific hardware and letting you know what the reasonable safe limits for it are. If not, there is always Google, but I would start by searching and/or asking in the AMD section over at overclock.net.
Also, it's good to ask yourself what you want to achieve with OCing. For example, the reason I OC my hardware is because it was more or less actually designed to be provided there's sufficient cooling, and because I use my PC to crunch for scientific research, keeping my CPU and GPUs dynamically nearly fully loaded 24/7, as well as gaming and whatnot.
Generally you'll likely only be able to achieve a 10% to 20% increase in the performance of specific components. Some people can OC different components as much as 50%, or sometimes even more, but they usually have "extreme" setups (that is, perhaps not practical as a general use PC) to specifically achieve high benchmarking scores.
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