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ok well since things are starting to require more CPU power and im lacking money to upgrade i figured i would overclock my cpu. system specs;

gateway gt5082 media center edition
windows 7 ulimate
athlon 64 x2 3800+ @ 2.0 ghz
2 gigs ddr sdram
80gb sata hdd
nvidia geforce 9500gt
450 watt power supply
aircooling

i would like to get to 2.4 ghz if possable or even 2.2 i guess. any other questions let me now, and the motherboard is....a gt5082...not much info on it. atleast i cant find any. ik its a socket 939 with nvidia geforce 6100 chipset and nvidia nforce410/430 mcp south bridge. i have cpu-z for info.

thanks in advance, this will be my first time overclocking.
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If it's a stock Gateway motherboard, you probably have no overclocking options. You'll have to try to find some software that will allow you to overclock, and there may not be any available. Your best bet is probably going to be saving money until you can upgrade your motherboard/RAM/CPU. You aren't going to gain much performance on that CPU/RAM anyways, sorry to say.
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Welcome to OCN, this place is great.

Unfortunately, basically what was already said is right.

OEM mobos prevent you from OC'in at all (they don't want you toasting your stuff and then blaming them). So you will most likely need to build your own computer to get into OC'n.

You might be able to get a software tool like setFSB or something to work, but I wouldn't bet on it.

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You could always buy a used athlon 64 x2 to increase cpu performance. I believe the best processor of that type was the 6000+, but the processor I have should be pretty cheap since it wasn't ever top of the line. Despite your socket being compatible (AM2) your motherboard may not support upgrades beyond the AM2 socket 64 X2 processors.

My 5600+ is adequate but slow for modern games, and is probably bottlenecking my GPU by 5-15%. To load Civ V for instance, from launch to gameplay is nearly 5 full minutes of loading! BF:BC2 maps load in about 30 seconds. However I can play crysis at a mixture of high & medium settings in HD and get good frame rates. Honestly you would see big performance gains just by getting a new GPU, even a 9800GT or GTS250.

What resolution are you gaming at?

edit: just read that you have socket 939. Last I looked, prices for CPUs in that socket were somewhat high so maybe that's not an option
Edited by TehStone - 10/17/11 at 4:16pm
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You could always buy a used athlon 64 x2 to increase cpu performance. I believe the best processor of that type was the 6000+, but the processor I have should be pretty cheap since it wasn't ever top of the line. Despite your socket being compatible (AM2) your motherboard may not support upgrades beyond the AM2 socket 64 X2 processors.

My 5600+ is adequate but slow for modern games, and is probably bottlenecking my GPU by 5-15%. To load Civ V for instance, from launch to gameplay is nearly 5 full minutes of loading! BF:BC2 maps load in about 30 seconds.
He said it is a socket 939, the best socket 939 CPU is either one of the top Opterons or a FX-62. Socket 939 came before AM2 (Which was also at the time called by some, Socket 940).

My advice, because i was in the same boat a few years back, is save up money and upgrade the entire system. two years ago i was still on an Opty 180 clocked to 2.9 got a 720 then my 955 and have loved it since...even though that Opteron was a very fun chip to OC with.
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You could always buy a used athlon 64 x2 to increase cpu performance. I believe the best processor of that type was the 6000+, but the processor I have should be pretty cheap since it wasn't ever top of the line. Despite your socket being compatible (AM2) your motherboard may not support upgrades beyond the AM2 socket 64 X2 processors.

My 5600+ is adequate but slow for modern games, and is probably bottlenecking my GPU by 5-15%. To load Civ V for instance, from launch to gameplay is nearly 5 full minutes of loading! BF:BC2 maps load in about 30 seconds. However I can play crysis at a mixture of high & medium settings in HD and get good frame rates. Honestly you would see big performance gains just by getting a new GPU, even a 9800GT or GTS250.

What resolution are you gaming at?

edit: just read that you have socket 939. Last I looked, prices for CPUs in that socket were somewhat high so maybe that's not an option
Your hard drive might be to blame for your loading times.
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^ I have a 1TB caviar black now & the fastest ram the motherboard will support, so I can assure you that my ancient processor is probably the culprit. I'm building a Sandy bridge/M4/SLI rig next month so I haven't bothered updating the sig.

I'm soooo done with long load times it's not even funny. The current rig will be relegated to the living room as a HTPC where I'll use it for casual gaming, LAN gaming, and DVR!
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