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#1 kevin92

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:01 PM

Hi, im running an Intel core 2 duo E6400 processor, and i've ehard these can be easily overclocked. I've never done overclocked before, so I was wondering if it it a tough process, and whether i could risk breaking something?

Any advice would be nice.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 10:52 PM

Im not 100% sure of hte process or any of it at all, I know there are programs to do it for you, and there is a method that was widely used by people before involving a pencil and some component of the motherboard,

I know that if you do manage to successfully OC your processor that it can lead to problems occuring faster and more frequently as it is running at a larger capacity than it should

Think about it this way

if we stuck you on a treadmill and walked you at 3 mph, and you did that day in day out for say 3 hours a day

now picture one day we set it to 6 or 7 or even 8 mph, And did the same thing


kind of the same concept here, you're telling your cpu to work faster than it was built for, even by a marginal size, but it still affects it the same :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:08 AM

Overclocking is a very complicated process because stressing one part of the system (overclocking the CPU) will put stress on other parts of the system (RAM, system bus, vid card, etc)

Here's a good site for information: http://www.overclockers.com/
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:52 AM

There's some good reading from Toms Hardware about overclocking the Core 2 duo HERE. I've also read (can't find the articles now) where they've overclocked the 1.8ghz Core 2 duo to 3ghz with no problems. Of course, they're set up for extreme cooling no doubt. There's been a lot of chatter about how easy it is to overclock these cpu's without any problems.

Still, word to the wise....you can damage your cpu (amongst other computer components) easily by changing the way they were meant to be used.
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Posted 27 January 2007 - 10:51 AM

Your processor is already top of the line. I mean, I justify overclocking my sempron 2800+ for a performance boost, but at normal speeds, It can still play any game on high settings (cause I have lotsa ram and a good vid card).

Overclocking can be fun, and it feels good to get your system running faster than it should safely. But do you really want to risk damage to your $xxx cpu while if I blow up my $30 cpu, its no big loss.

I would say to only overclock if your system really needs it. If yours can't already play games on high, its probably another component like ram or video card that you could upgrade.

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:35 PM

Overclock an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400? What are trying to run?? Quake 4, Far Cry & BF2 all at once? Do you really want to run the risk of ruining you CPU or another component just for an unnoticable speed boost?

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 07:37 AM

The extreme core 2 duo's are noted for their ability to be overclocked without problems.

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At Tom's Hardware, they overclocked the E6400 to 3.10ghz with the stock cooler without problems. Overclocked it to 3.33ghz with top of the line coolers on it. I'd feel safe overclocking to 3ghz with a stock cooler myself. Most sites that I read used "CPU-Z" to overclock the processors. Do a lot of reading before you decide to overclock Kevin92! :thumbsup:
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