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Overclocking

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zxspectrum, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Well im in a dilemma. Ive got a processor and it runs at 839 mhz, i dont know if i can overclock it to run any faster or should i just buy a new processor and how will i know if that will fit and runn right in my mother board ???? Any ideas folks ??
     
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  2. _omni_

    _omni_ Megabyte Poster

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    check here or here.
     
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    What do you use the PC for?

    How much memory does it have?

    What type of processor and motherboard is it?

    All questions that need to be asked when considering overclocking / upgrading.

    8)
     
  4. hbroomhall

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    It depends on the exact model of processor you have, and the make, model and revision of your motherboard.

    Some processors can be overclocked fairly easily - some not.
    Some motherboards are known to be friendly to overclocking, some won't be.

    Unless you can get a reasonable increase in speed overclocking generaly isn't worth it, as it frequently leads to instability. For example - it can mean overclocking the other buses, and the devices may not be happy with this.

    And the increase in heat output often means a new heatsink/fan assembly.

    Harry.
     
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  5. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Just been looking at my spec and i have a 863mhz processor and 384 of ram, im not too sure about what i can do with the mother board as it just says dell on it???? The processor is an intel one if that makes any difference???
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Do you really need to overclock it, or is it just something you would like to try out?

    CPU+mobo assemblies can be bought quite cheap new or on ebay. As Harry said pushing something to do that little bit more generates more heat which equals more heat and can be problematic..

    Just my 2P :)
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Most Dells that I've seen have no way of overclocking, as the required entries in the BIOS are not available to be changed.

    Harry.
     
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  8. Boycie
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    ah, Dell! They have their own BIOS don't they? It is locked right down...
     
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  9. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    I only need it to run a visual web developer program , i think i l go for the motherboard combo thing and see what goes, cheers for all your help guys
     
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  10. Boycie
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    Do you know what spec the software needs? You might only need another stick of RAM........
     
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  11. Clyde

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    and overclocking leads to system instability plenty of times..

    I don't see the point myself. If the kit is that old, upgrade it. If its new kit, why make it unreliable by ekeing out an extra 10% power that you'll likely never notice.

    It's like the guys who customise their slow cars and get an undrivable, uncomfortable mess...

    but for those - whatever floats yer boat!
     
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  12. hbroomhall

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    Don't forget to double check that a new motherboard will fit the case. Some Dells have non-standard cases. And of course make sure the PSU will run the new board!

    Harry.
     
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  13. noelg24

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    Mate your using an Intel CPU which can not be overclocked at all...and as Boyce says its Dell which makes it all the more difficult...just upgrade the whole shebang mate...you will be better off that way...
     
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  14. Boycie
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    oh, yeah, haven't Dell created their own plug for PSU and mobo to stop you using a standard ATX one? :blink
     
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  16. AJ

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    COOL now I've got to save the chip pan oil :twisted:
     
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    I might try this on the really noisy server sitting next to me but judging from the size of it, it would send me broke just buying enough oil for it.

    I wonder if it ever occurred to them to put the hdd into the oil too? Just to see what happens of course.
     
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  19. eyeball

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    Chip pan fat would not work, not pure nuff. The HDD woudl stop working i'm pretty sure, but please try it and let me know :)
     
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  20. Baba O'Riley

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    I can't see many people wanting to try to fill their PC with cooking oil. On the other hand, it's versatile stuff, you can even use it in a diesel engine.

    Why not just buy a new mobo/CPU? I saw this here at ebuyer which seems like a bargain. I've not heard much about VIA CPUs but I'm guessing they've "done an AMD" and the 2000+ bit means it's equivalent to a 2GHz Intel. Can't argue with that for £40.
     
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