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Poll Results: How did you get into overclocking?

 
  • 26% (15)
    I was gaming and decided I need more FPS.
  • 7% (4)
    I was doing CPU/Memory intensive tasks and decided I need more power.
  • 21% (12)
    I felt like making my computer go faster for no particular reason.
  • 3% (2)
    I needed more E-Peen
  • 19% (11)
    I wanted a challenge/hobby
  • 22% (13)
    I saw it done and I decided i had to do it.
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post #11 of 24
I started with PC's in 2005 had no real use for one prior to that my friend sold me an old AMD machine with a 1GHz cpu and 256 ram so I could make some bootlegs to go out Djing with,

Anyway I saw a game I really liked called Trackmania so I purchased the Game got home installed it and smacked everything on high and sat back in amazement at freeze frame gaming, I then started looking over the internet at what I could do to improve my system and soon came to the conclusion that my PC was a crock of 5h1*,

I perused the internet for hours reading reviews on newer hardware CPU's, Motherboards, Ram and saw that with the correct hardware you could overclock from stock settings something I could not do with my system,
So after reading countless more reviews and benchmark scoring I decided to purchase my own oober rig which consisted of,

ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE
AMD 3500+
Radeon X850 XT
OCZ DDR PC-3200 Platinum 4GB
WD800JD-00LSA0 SATA II x4
HIPER TYPE R 580
COOLERMASTER CAVALIER
I still have the above hardware in its boxes,

Any way thats what got me started in the PC world and then into overclocking,
Edited by macca_dj - 10/2/11 at 11:40am
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post #12 of 24
I wanted to play BF2 when it came out. I built a S939 A64 3000+ on a Biostar TForce and 512MB RAM ... played it on the intergrated 6100 graphics on low with actually pretty good FPS somehow. Shortly OCed to 2.6Ghz and got a 6800GS & 1GB RAM

And now I'm upgrading my rig to play BF3 ...
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post #13 of 24
What category would be, I overclock because its soooo much fun
post #14 of 24
It all started back in 1995/6? I had a old Packard Bell desktop. The kind that actually layed horizontal on your desktop, which you then would put your monitor on top. Yep, good ole 15" 800x600 .27 pitch pixel CRT monitor.
Well, its original specs were:
Pentium 75 75Mhz
4Mb ram
800Mb HDD. Rawr, Monster I know!

So, I had a good friend that was also into computers and we would play games against another in Mechwarrior, Command and Conquer over our modems. Yep, them good ole days of just 2 machines connected threw the phone lines.
Well, he would always boast how fast his machine was, etc etc. He had a Pentium 100 100Mhz 8Mb ram and a dedicated video card with 8Mb of video ram on it. Well, I couldnt be out done.

So, I decided to start off by getting some more ram. $100 later, I had another stick of 4Mb of ram to put in my machine!
Then I decided to get my own video card, since now I had dedicated a full 4Mb of ram to be video ram in the built in.
I had picked up a Matrox 3D something, that had a whopping 16Mb of dedicated ram. PCI slot of course. That only set me back ~$200 or so....
Once all that was done, I was like..man. My cpu is still slow though. That was the moment I truly got into overclocking.
I had found the actual owners manual to the motherboard in my trusty old PB machine. Ordered it from the company, had it few weeks later.
To my surprise, overclocking my CPU was as simple as moving some jumper pins. C1-2 to C2-3!! Saaaweeeet!!
I now had a Pentium 75 @ 133Mhz!!!! Stock cooler mind you, that had NO fan on it.
Oh, how I learned about actual cpu cooling then. Needless to say, it never ran long before just shutting down. So, what do I do? Run it with the case open to see whats going on. Upon which, I realize, man this heatsink for my CPU sure is putting off some heat. Hmm..I have a extra little fan here. (Probably from some random old teenage toy I had dissected) Couple of screws later, some very ghetto rig of fan leads to my PSU. I had a fan cooled CPU heatsink. Which worked out great. Never had heat issues after.

I had that computer up and running from that time until late 2000. Only other upgrade I did was get a bigger HDD. A 80G HDD. :xD

That, is how I got into overclocking.

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post #15 of 24
I've always been aware of overclocking, but this rig is the first machine I've ever had that wasn't pre-built, and did it myself. I'm not the type to dip a toe in the water, so I started with a dive!

I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the challenge of overclocking, so I'm nowhere near done yet
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post #16 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smo View Post
I've always been aware of overclocking, but this rig is the first machine I've ever had that wasn't pre-built, and did it myself. I'm not the type to dip a toe in the water, so I started with a dive!

I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the challenge of overclocking, so I'm nowhere near done yet
Wow.. exactly the same story here. Creepy
post #17 of 24
I started overclocking with my old P4 machine, which was 2.4 at stock and which I OC'd to 3.0 to get more FPS out of CSS combined with my old Fx5200 card.
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post #18 of 24
I started overclocking, because I wanted to get to 4ghz on my first custom, i7 950, i had bought a Ibuypower computer, which i got for my bday, and first and second did not even turn on, so i built my own, and started overclocking, warmed then advised the Maximus IV mobo, which was great, but i had to get 2600k, because my 30 day return was not up on the mobo lol. Now i love overclocking, kinda like a special group of nice people to talk about it with, and its also nice making a 3.2ghz cpu 5ghz.
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post #19 of 24
Because I could ...
First entry into the world of overclocking was learning how to flash my Radeon 9800PRO to an 9800XT.
post #20 of 24
I got the same story as Rebelord. I think my machine was a Pentium II with MMX @ 266, 32mb of ram, 2gb of space. I would play games like FUry3, Doom (the originals), Duke Nukem, Starcraft, and somehow I got Diablo II to run on it, which was awesome because when I posted the stats on OCn, they all said it was impossible to run and it would be too laggy. I think I managed to get it to 300 mhz but I dont even remember how I did it...

I only overclocked because I saw everyone doing it and I figured why not?
My system after that was an Athlon XP1800+ which i burnt because i forgot to plug the fan at some point. That gave me an exuse to upgrade to the Athlon X2 3800+
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