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Overclocking, is it safe? and how?

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First of all i dont know if im in the right area sorry if i am, i want to overclock my pc to have my games run better, i have a AMD phenom 2 x4 processor, and a radeon hd 5670 graphics card and 4gb ram, i need to know is it safe to overclock as i cant afford to buy new parts, how much better performance can i get from overclocking and how to do it
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GPU Overclocking:
http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/633...r-ati-gpu.html

CPU Overclocking:
http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/50...-oc-550-a.html
    
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Yes it is safe and yes it can ruin your system.

I am a total noob at it, but would advice you to read the stickies you can find on this forum.

As long as you have good cooling and don't play with the volt-setting, you would most likely not damage anything.
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Think of it as using a chainsaw: If you know what you are doing, it is perfectly safe to do. If you don't, then you could end up killing yourself (or in this case, destroying your computer).

I am a novice overclocker and I managed to overclock both my CPU and GPU without touching voltages. For GPU overclocking, use AMD Overdrive or MSI Afterburner (Afterburner recommended). For CPU overclocking, do it via your BIOS.

Use CoreTemp to monitor temperatures. use Furmark to test to GPU stablity. Use Prime95 to test for CPU stablity. use CPU-Z to monitor clock speeds of your CPU and GPU.

All those can be found by googling and clicking the first link that pops up
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ok thats good, so honestly is it worth doing? worth the risk? if it doesnt do to much to my computer ill pass on it but if its decent ill read more into it
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You can easily increase performance up to 20-30 % so yes it is worth doing. But I have killed one gfxcard and one motherboard because I didn't know what I was doing, so I've learned the hard way. But don't let this scare you from trying. Read as much as you can on the topic and start of slowly. There are people here who can OC insanly - don't try to copy them - they know what they are doing.
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its not safe
my brother died that way
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When I first started overclocking the benifit for me was being able to but a p4 3.0 GHZ CPU and get it to run at 3.6 GHZ speeds and only pay for a 3.0 GHZ cpu.

The only difference between CPU's in each generation is CPU speed. Example I7 920 is the same exact CPU as the I7 950 except for the clock speed and price. The idea for me has been the ability to buy a 920 and get it to perform like a 950 and save the money.

My sig rig says different since I am running a 990x, however that comes with 2 extra cores...

But you get the idea.
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