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#1 Uraiser

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 10:44 PM

Ok, Let me start off by saying I try to help all i can around these boards with the software department, that is a breeze for me. Hardware im still rusty at, but im studying about it in an A+ study guide. What I want to do is overclock my Processor. Im running an Intel Pentium 4 1.7Ghz, I have the standard fan installed, and i dust out my computer every month with a can of compressed air very carefully. You know the usual, Putting something in the fan just enough to block it from spinning as to not over rotate it and stuff. Now my questions are,

How would I go about overclocking my Processor?
Do I have enough protection from over heating?
If I do this, how long can I leave it overclocked?

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:05 PM

u should upgrade ur stock cpu fan if u want to overclock, to cpu coolers to prevent overheating to happen. u can overclock but just check the temperature of ur cpu by using certain software. I were u I dont want to risk :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 11:08 PM

Thanks, i was thinking the same thing. But i wanted advice, as i said, im rusty on hardware.

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 10:28 PM

First of all, did you build this computer yourself? If it is an OEM (Dell, HP, Compaq, whatever) they lock that part of the BIOS and you can't change anything. Now, for getting to overclocking I'll direct you to a very nice guide http://forums.livingwithstyle.com/t113472-...pu-and-ram.html You should be able to get a nice boost with the stock heatsink, though you may want to look into an aftermarket one and push it even further. Also, overclocking tends to put a heavier load on your PSU so you should definitely do as much stability testing as you can.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 03:51 PM

Be sure to monitor your temperatures while doing this (it's the heat that'll fry your CPU). Here's a free utility for it: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

If you just kick it up a notch you can run it a lot longer than if you kick it all the way up to it's max (heat's the killer there also).

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 12:43 PM

Thanks guys, im sorry i havent been very attentitive to this post.. I've been having trouble with windows vista, went back to xp.




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