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OLD Advent PC - Pentium 4 Asrock Mobo...OC?

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Hey guys! Okaayyy nooby question time!

I have an old Advent PC (PC Worlds own brand I think)

It's got a Pentium 4 @2.8ghz and a pitiful 512mb of RAM but that's all laying on a pretty nice asrock mobo.

I've had a look in the BIOS and I have full acsess to the host frequency and the memory frequency.
Is this a possible overclock to 3.0ghz? Would I need a new heatsink/fan?

Would it make a noticable improvment without more memory, or would more ram be better?

I just want to play with it really just a test pc as its old.

Any advice on how to overclock and what to do as far as the actual figures would be great. Thanks in advance guys!!
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*bump* D: any help pleaseeee
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Well, the P4's did run quite hot. What is the heatsink like on there at the moment?

Only overclocking by 200Mhz won't really require a new heatsink, but it depends on what the current 2.8Ghz temperatures are like. You might able to get away with using some nice new heat paste to get the most from the existing HSF.

I reckon with a bit of persuasion you might be able to get that P4 up to 3.2Ghz
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Oh okay! Well it says it's at 200mhz now and can go up to 300mhz.
It runs at 40 degrees. The heatsink is clean and I have some new paste ready to go on as soon as I get some artic remover stuff

How many mhz should I put it up from 200? it goes up in steps of 1mhz
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Assuming you can boot into windows on the machine. Check the memory timing's and max frequency in cpuz, figure the fsb/memory ratio, bump the fsb 5 or so at a time till your near/at the max for the memory. Run stability test, lower fsb/change memory timings till its stable.
Adding more/better memory would probably make as noticeable of a difference as a slight oc.
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Okay, What I will do is boot the pc up type everything I can change and the numbers, then get cpuz and tell you guys what is says or do a screen shot or something
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