Originally Posted by supercow;15166248
i know it sounds dumb, but i was really wondering if i could crank a celeron g540 up to 3ghz?, seems too high so ill ask you guys if it can be done...
No, you'd be looking at around 2.63-2.67GHz at most out of that, assuming you can even reach 105-107MHz BCLK.
Unfortunately 1155's BCLK is really tied down. I can't even POST past 105.5MHz on mine.
Honestly, those extremely cheap Sandy Bridge chips are really only good for a budget setup, to step into a K series chip later (or a server / HTPC build).
If you want a better performing CPU, you'll need the i3 2100 with a P67 / Z68 board. That chip would do around 3.25GHz or so, and it'll beat the AMD quads at 4GHz in gaming.
Plus you'd be set for a 2500k later if you wanted (or the next gen chips).
Or you can also step into a cheap AMD build...but the i3 2100 is a far superior chip honestly.