thanks bruce. as i read that i just got more and more afraid i of screwing up. looks like a very complicated and long process, and i know screwing up is pretty easy. so i think im just gona go with the old saying. "better safe than sorry" thanks anyway
First off you're welcome for my help.
Second, over-clocking is pretty much a trial and error thing, you have to take some risks while attempting it.
Below I will give a brief run down on how over-clocking is achieved.
If over-clocking is done right, there is little risk of any real permanent destruction.
In short, you have to start with the default values and work your way up in steps until the OS starts to show signs of instability, then you take one step back wards and leave that setting where it is.
Over-clocking involves raising the timings of the RAM modules and the RAMs Voltage settings, one step up at a time, until the system starts to show signs of becoming unstable, then you step back one notch, to the next lowest set of timings for RAM and one step back wards with the RAMs voltage.
The Processor can be stepped up to the next available clock speed if the BIOS allows it, if for example a 2400 MHz processor defaults at 1500 MHz in the BIOS, you can step it up to 2000 MHz. Rarely does a BIOS step in numbers other than 0500 or 0000, so the next clock speed available in the BIOS might be 2500 MHz. Thats 100 MHz above the rating of the processor, it might clock without error, then again depending on the core, it might become unstable and cause many system crashes. There-fore you would step back to 2000 MHz.
There are settings which increase the core voltage, those settings can be 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 If you over-clock sometimes increasing this voltage allows the clock to be increased with better stability, thus it requires more voltage to handle the increased clock speed. However, increasing it from the default of 1.5 and just jumping to 1.9 can cause rapid over heating of the core, this is a bad practice for one, because the correct way to do it, is to increase this setting to the next available voltage instead, which would be 1.6 in this case, also doing so increases the temperature of the core, and requires a much better cooling system to keep the core temp from raising to a dangerous level, this sometimes requires a cooler system consisting of a water circulation system, commonly called a water-cooler.
Once the temperature is brought down to a safe level again, the voltage can again be increased up to the next available voltage of 1.7 and stability checked again and so on.
Over-clockers do this until they reach a peak to which the system is peaked out to its maxinum and still stable, but almost close to instability.
Over-clocking should not be attempted unless you intend to find sufficient ways of getting the extra heat produced out of the system altogether, in other-words bigger heat sink and more exhaust fans.
I realize your gut feelings are to leave well enough alone, however I figured I would still give you a brief run down of how over-clocking the Processor and RAM through the BIOS can be achieved.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 31 May 2010 - 06:06 AM.