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Windows 7: How do I overclock my computer, and is it needed?

01 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit
How do I overclock my computer, and is it needed?

Hey, a guy recommended me to overclock my computer. He said it would make it even better, would it?

And if I should overclock it, how do I do it?

Thank you!

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01 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

You should have no problems with overclocking. It's just a matter of taking your time and not exceeding the limit imposed by the components in your computer (even though others with identical computers might manage more than you).

First of all, and this is very important before you attempt to overclock: Is your system 100% stable at stock speeds? If not, you need to address those issues first. Please post back if this is the case, and we'll endeavour to get your system running stably.

I've found this video that might help you:

You should have no problem with overclocking your graphics cards. This is done through the Catalyst Control Center. Select Performance and then click on AMD Overdrive. When you have accepted the warning, you can proceed. This is what I have achieved with mine (both cards set identically):

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01 Jan 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

The next thing you want to address is are you running stock cooling and would you consider an upgraded CPU cooler?
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02 Jan 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

While it is true overclocking will give you faster performance, the question should be do you really need it? Usually, the only people who really need the increased speed (note that I said need, not want) are serious gamers. The need the fastest machines possible to stay competitive. People who use their computers for web surfing, emails, social media, or office type applications will not significantly benefit from overclocking.

Overclocking is not without its risks. It puts more stress on your components (hence the need for more cooling that others have mentioned in this thread) which can cause shorter component life. It's trickier than using the stock settings because it is easy to push your components too far and frying them so you have to pay attention to what you are doing unless you have a MOBO that watches it for you. Also, many CPUs are locked to prevent overclocking (mostly to ensure longer life) so, unless your CPU and GPU are unlocked (with Intel CPUs, the part number will end with a K), you wouldn't be able to overclock anyway.

If all you need is to boot up your computer and programs faster, adding an SSD and putting only the OS and programs on it and keeping data on a conventional HDD will give you much faster results than overclocking without the risks associated with overclocking.
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