Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357
How does one overclock in Windows 7? Are there programmes built in/ out there that help tune your PCs into their maximum potential?
It's just one of those things, unfortunately, that if you have to ask- you probably shouldn't be doing it. Yes, we all have to start somewhere, so I'm not saying never do it- merely that you need to research it thoroughly before you try.
Overclocking does bring a performance boost, but it also comes with a chance of doing irreparable damage to your hardware if you get too eager or simply do not know what you're doing. Even when you do know what you're doing, there can be a significant amount of tweaking in order to have a stable system and the potential for damage is still there.
The method in which you'd overclock depends very much upon what hardware you have. For example, I have a Core i7 975. This processor can overclock differently than a Core i7 920, for instance. Likewise, the Core i7 branch is significantly different than the Core 2 Duo. Not knowing your hardware specs, it would be rather pointless guessing which method you would need to use. It may even be a moot point if you're using a built to order PC, as many retail models have the applicable settings locked in the BIOS.
It also bears mentioning that good aftermarket cooling is generally considered to be a prerequisite to overclocking.