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Windows 7: Should I try to overclock with my spec?


06 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Should I try to overclock with my spec?

*Click "My System Spec" on left bottom to see my spec*

Is it safe for my spec to overclock?

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06 Jul 2010   #2

 
 

Stock cooling - not much.

3rd party cooling - go further.

It depends on whether you need to or not. ie Gaming.
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06 Jul 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

IMO, I would leave it alone... the fact that you ask if you should, suggests that you probably haven't had much experience in over clocking... Your first experience should be done on a machine that you can afford to lose, as it is very easy to brick your computer if you dont know what you are doing... overclockers.com is a good site for beginners ..
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06 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks I'll keep those suggestions in mind
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08 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Pick yourself an old mobo and socket 478 Pentium 4 HT (I can think of a couple of good boards to look for). Will only cost you around $50 on ebay.
Do some reading on these here forums on how to OC.
OCing is fun, but that feeling you get in your gut when you cop a wiff of the pugnent smell of burnt hardware, is not something you want to feel with your main rig.

Thorn
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08 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm jealous of you guys for knowing this knowledge... long way to go until I can OC >.<

EDIT: I downloaded NVIDIA System Tools with ESA Support and it seems I can use it to OC
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08 Jul 2010   #7

Win7/XP
 
 

Personally..I dont put much faith in gui tools for overclocking.
First..they tend to use alot of 'auto' settings. And this can lead to over voltage to the CPU.
It may work fine for a 'mild' overclock..but I certainly would NEVER use it to go 'wild'.

It took me many hours of fiddling and testing to get my E8600 to run stable at 4.2GHZ on air (tuniq 120 tower cooler).
I doubt...very...very...VERY much any gui tool would achieve this. Matter 'o fact, I'll go so far as saying that such a tool would NEVER achieve such a boost as my 4.2 was done by tweaking many settings that those tools simply dont modify.

As far as risking a mobo... ASUS has some built in goodies to help prevent such things and recover from a bad OC. (Not sure how it does if you really fudge up and send 2V to the cpu tho. )

Regardless...good luck!!
Take it slow...
Get a good understanding of what you are doing before going gonzoid with higher freq's.
As a suggestion, you may want to visit some OC forums. Try some milde and mid range settings others have used. They may or may not work for you, but you'll certainly be inside the envelope, and safe, from nuking your rig.
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08 Jul 2010   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microhard View Post
I'm jealous of you guys for knowing this knowledge... long way to go until I can OC >.<
Just keep in mind that none of us were born with Overclocking knowledge - we all had to start somewhere

That and a lot of reading plus plenty of trial and error testing...

Personally, the most important thing to do first is to research what the 'max safe volts and temps' are for your CPU, RAM and NorthBridge.

Particularly with stock cooling.

Knowing what not to exceed can avoid permanently damaging something.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dood View Post
Personally..I dont put much faith in gui tools for overclocking.
First..they tend to use alot of 'auto' settings. And this can lead to over voltage to the CPU.
It may work fine for a 'mild' overclock..but I certainly would NEVER use it to go 'wild'.
Ditto.

The BIOS is always the best way to OC.

The only time you should really resort to GUI tools are for locked BIOS'es.
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08 Jul 2010   #9

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microhard View Post
EDIT: I downloaded NVIDIA System Tools with ESA Support and it seems I can use it to OC
Do not, I repeat, do not use OS based software to overclock; especially if this is your first foray into overclocking.

Read, read, read. Read until you know every insignificant minor detail about each piece of hardware in the machine. Once you've done this, you won't need to ask, you'll already know about what to expect in terms of clocking, what you'll need to achieve it, and, most importantly, you'll have the knowledge to go about it the right way: in the bios.

The E8400 is a very nice chip. I just recently retired one to the htpc. For the most part you can expect to get ~ 3.6-3.8GHz on stock voltage (given the right cpu), and 4-4.2GHz with a minor bump. I can't tell you what "minor" means for your chip, but, as I said earlier, that's something you're going to find out when you do things right.

Some cores, like the E8400, really do not like being overvolted... and they generally perform worse when they are, which is just another reason to avoid software based OC tools.
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09 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Do not, I repeat, do not use OS based software to overclock; especially if this is your first foray into overclocking.
Thanks I got rid of it before I touch it. Anyways, how do I find out what hardware I can OC?
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