'Ello out there...
I've been doing a bit of wondering as of lately - and the idea of overclocking my cpu has sort of jumped into my mind. I'm starting to feel the need for a new computer, but since I'm broke and I want to wait a bit for the 8800 to drop and the quad core speeds to get up to around 3.0 and not costing the same as a new pc with 2*2.66GHz QC, I think I'll just stick to overclocking for now. So, if you're still with me after that long talk about nothing, my question for you is, do you think/know/have an idea about if my cpu cooler is powerful enough to clock my 3.2GHz P4 processor (non-duo) to around 3.6GHz or something close to that? My cooler is an Artic Cooling Alpine 7 running at 300-2000rpm and 36cmf if that's any help. I'm not really into this stuff, so I'd be very grateful if you could tell me if I'd be equal to an as**ol* if I overclocked it just the slightest bit =p
First and foremost: what do you have for a motherboard?
You should be alright, P4s overclock quite nicely. Just make sure you know how to reset (just incase). Also, here is the manual, if you don't have it, on about page 30 on, it tells you about the OC features... ASRock Motherboard - Product - 4CoreDual-VSTA - Manual.
I'm more worried about the temperatures... But I guess I can just listen to the cooler and maybe reset the cpu if the fan's about to explode. Thanks a lot anyways :D Oh, now I'm at it, I got an nVidia 7900GT and was sort of thinking of overclocking that, too... I bought a Zalman VF700-cu (or VF900, but I think it was 700) for it... So... Has anyone got any experience with something familiar?
Never had experience with overclocking video cards, but I have overclocked P4s, and even on stock cooling they barely change temperature at all, even when at full load, but you can't always be sure.
I know I'm probably gonna get the Noob of the Year award for this, but how do I find out what multiplier speed and Bus speed it runs at, and if I can change the multiplier speed or not?
Is your P4 an HT, and if so, what number? Cause for some reason I had it in my mind that you had an original. However, I know that the original bus on my P4 LGA775 is 133, so you should have a 6 multiplier for the front bus and a 24? multiplier for the core clock (That seems extremely high). Although, Check your BIOS cause I think I'm wrong. And don't worry, we all had to learn about this at one point or another.
Just to make sure I get the award... What's an "HT" and how do I find that and the number out? I don't know anything about it except it came with the computer and is a P4 3.21 GHz
HT just means that it has Hyper Theading, basically, it imitates a dual core system, or a two processor system. And as for finding everything out, this program will tell you everything, or you can look in your BIOS... CPUID