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Overclock a Dell? Yes we can.

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I did it, i managed to overclock a Dell with nVidia Control panel.

Dell Inspiron 531:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
Motherboard: Asus mobo especially made for Dell
GPU: MSI R4350 (ati hd 4350 chip 600MHz clock 400MHz memory, 1GB DDR2)
RAM: 4x 1GB kingston at 667MHz

I couldnt change the multiplier or the vCore, only the FSB.
I got it as far as 237Mhz without a BSOD but as soon as i ran Prime it crashed.
I got it to 224Mhz stable (6 hours of Prime95 then i quit)

CPUZ validation



With GPUTool i OC'd the GPU core from 600MHz to 850MHz and the GPU memory from 400MHz to 491MHz.



I used Passmark performance test to get an idea of how much this actually increased the performance.

The benchmark score at stock speeds:



The benchmark score when OC'd:



To keep the ****ty Dell at acceptable temperatures i replaced the stock CPU cooler with the silent and better Arctic Alpine 64 Pro which i installed with Zalman Thermal Grease and i added an Scythe Mini Kaze to the passive cooled MSI R4350.







I also modified the airflow in my Dell case by cuting some holes and removing some of the plastic to put some old fans i had laying arround as air intake.

The two little ones on the side blow cool air to the GPU and the big one in the front is used for the total airflow in the case.





I still have to close all the other holes and gaps but thats work for later. Also if any of you have ideas to OC further, just let me know.
Temps are fine now, both CPU and GPU dont get to 50°C even when under full load for hours on end.

I'll test some more and provide you guys with the test results. I'll also submit them to hwbot.
 
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Haha.

I remember when I covered one of the pins of the Q6600 in my mother's Dell XPS 420 with a tiny piece of electrical tape.

It raised the FSB so that it went from 2.4GHz to 3.2GHz.
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I remember when 3Ghz was the sh...
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Haha, this is only a project becaus i'm bored. The Dell wasn't being used and i only spend 20€ on cooling and stuff.

Its not my main computer...
 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 SSD (250GB) WD 3TB EK Supreme LTX CPU block (plexi) EK XT 360 radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK DCP 4.0 pump Phobya 250mm tube reservoir EK Compression Fittings Masterkleer 3/8" ID 1/2" OD tubing CLEAR 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Mayhems Pastel White Windows 10 64bit iiyama 24" (1920x1080) Dell 19" (1440x900) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K70 (Cherry MX Red) XFX PRO 550W Core Edition NZXT Switch 810 (white) Razer DeathAdder Black Edition 3.5G 
Audio
Bose QC25 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (3.50Ghz @ 1.37v) AMD Sabertooth 990FX MSI GTX 460 1GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 830 (128GB) Cooler Master Hyper 212X Windows 10 64bit Corsair VS550 
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i5 540M 2.53 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 8 GB DDR3 1067 MHz Western Digital 1TB 
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