16th September 2004
hey i see alot of ppl talkin bout overclocking their CPU???:confused: can someone please explain what this is...i know its suppose to make ur cpu better??? i think but im not really quite sure about it...also is is worth doing and what are the risks if u do do it???? thnx
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
Moved to the correct forum.
Bludy, overclocking your CPU is simply the process of telling the chip to run at a higher clock speed. For example: if you have a 2.4Ghz Pentium 4, that speed, 2.4Ghz, is the speed at which the CPU processes data. It is the speed at which the manufacturer has determined that, judged by the amount of heat that is given off and the type of cooling that will be used, the chip will safely operate at without risking damage from it's own heat production. However, many gamers choose to overclock their chips to make them run faster. However, this once again produces extensive levels of heat, and whoever does it should be very careful and know something about their CPU's heat resilience before taking such a risk (you could suffer the potential of a complete system meltdown if it is overclocked too high). It will indeed accomodate many of the more resource-demanding games out, such as Doom 3 of course, but it is stronlgy recommended that you equip your system with a powerful cooling system. This would entail either having a very powerful air cooler (heatsink & fan) along with at least one or two intake and exhaust fans in your case, OR having a water-cooling system, which I personally would recommend for the purpose. However, for your sake, I would not risk overclocking. If you insist, then first obtain help from somebody with experience, and buy yourself a powerful CPU cooler.
I post to get attention
23rd March 2002
31st October 2002
First of all i wud say:
Buy a good cooling supply. www.thermalright.com for instance.
I got a 2,8Ghz pentium running stable @ 3,4Ghz with a thermalright slk 900
When it comes down to air cooling, thermalright is the most reliable and best performing.
Also buy a good cooler, cuz when u buy one of those thermalrights all u get is the block.
Pick a 80mm or 90 mm fan.
Altough the new one, xp 120 can handle a 120mm fan.
Also, to overclock your cpu u have to crank up the FSB (front side bus)
Best way to learn this is by doing it yourself with the help of a friend that knows smt about it. Note, when u overclock your cpu it will also overclock your memory. If u overclock, do it in steps, crank up the fsb 5 to 10 mhz each time and crank it up again if it runs stable.
Also before u start overclocking, learn how to reset your bios. I see many guides for overclockign were they never say this but it's fairly important.
I remember when i first tried and my comp wudn't boot anymore, i paniced but then my friend teached me that u could reset the bios to it's default state.
Addicted to GF
27th June 2004
It really depends on your Processor, AMD is great for overclocking while intel even ships overclocked so it's not safe to mess with.