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Hi All,

I'm brand new to this site, so don't really have a clear concept of what overclocking is and what people use it for. Can anyone explain it to me in easy terms? Thanks much.
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Basically if your computer can do xAmount of calculations in xTime, then if you make X time shorter, your computer has to run faster to compensate.

We do this by changing the value of the clock in the bios. Just set the date back a little bit, and your computer will think it missed time and work faster to make up for it.

Hence the name, overCLOCK.
    
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Overclocking is making parts of your computer (processor, RAM, video card) operate at a faster frequency than the original specification. Most people do this to get a performance boost.
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Originally Posted by iMagi View Post
Basically if your computer can do xAmount of calculations in xTime, then if you make X time shorter, your computer has to run faster to compensate.

We do this by changing the value of the clock in the bios. Just set the date back a little bit, and your computer will think it missed time and work faster to make up for it.

Hence the name, overCLOCK.
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Welcome to OCN.

Raising your hardware speeds more than its marketed operating speeds. overclocking can enhance your experience with several applications & games. however everything at a cost. it may degrade your hardwares life or kill it instantly if not done with some knowledge & caution.
Also every piece of hardware overclock differently. some are good overclockers & some are not. (ie: my 2600K can reach 4.8 GHz but yours can do 5.2 GHz without problem).
Also overclocking needs better cooling than stock operation because more voltage+more clock rate= more heat thus need better cooling.
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post #8 of 12
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Thanks for all the replies, everybody. I'm still a little bit murky on it, but will roam around and absorb all the information I can. One thing is clear: overclocking seems best left in experienced hands, so I'm a long way from there. Probably good to know what you don't know, eh?

Take care, all.
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It really isn't that hard to figure it out.

there are many guides, and forums to help you
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very easy if you decide to go sandy
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