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Windows 7: New to the whole OVERCLOCKING thing?


27 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
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

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

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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27 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Short version: You aren't going to overclock anything in your current system and get any extra performance.
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27 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for your replies! I guess my next step would be upgrading to a faster processor or even a motherboard?
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27 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 8 pro x64
 
 

AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ 2.2ghz

It can be overclocked if im thinking right but there would be nothing in it aka performance
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27 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 8 pro x64
 
 

best bet would be to upgrade the Motherboard and get yourself an FX-8150 Or FX-8350
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27 Jul 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

My Nvidia Geforce 9600 GSO 1gb video card has one 6 pin connection for power but the pig tail plug that came with it has two connections for the power supply. This may be a stupid question but what would happen if I plugged both of them into the power supply?
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27 Jul 2013   #8

Windows 8 pro x64
 
 

Can you stat more information
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27 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 8 pro x64
 
 

Oh i know what you saying if its this cable nothing bad will happen


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27 Jul 2013   #10

Windows 8 pro x64
 
 

Some have two molex's to give it enough juice

same of them have a male molex and a female molex meaning one is for power and the other you can use for the likes of a uv light
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