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I've never done this before, would it be worth it?

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I've been thinking a bit. I have a quite "okay" rig (in my opinion), but it's starting to slack a bit with newer games, skyrim, LA Noire etc, and since I can't afford building a new one at the moment, and my birthday is half a year away, I thought perhaps I could get some more juice out of it by overclocking.

Yes I've read some guides about how you should do it ETC, but I really feel like not wanting to **** everything up just because I can't run skyrim on high graphics, that's why I ask for help biggrin.gif

It's a custom rig me and my dad bought a couple of years ago, I've replaced some ram and the hdd over the time but the rest has been there since.

Since I've never tinkered anything at all with these kind of things, I'm not sure if I SHOULD try, or if it's even worth it.

What do you guys think?


Here's my hardware, pulled from SiSoft Sandra:
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Processor
Model : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
Speed : 3GHz
Cores per Processor : 2 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
Type : Dual-Core
Integrated Data Cache : 2x 32kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 8-way, 64 byte line size
L2 On-board Cache : 6MB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 24-way, 64 byte line size, 2 threads sharing

Computer
Mainboard : Asus P5N-D
BIOS : Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS P5N-D ACPI BIOS Revision 1101 05/18/2009
Bus(es) : X-Bus PCI PCIe IMB USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR2

Chipset
Model : nVidia C55 Host Bridge
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 333MHz (1.33GHz)
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR2
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 333MHz (666MHz)

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : Kingston KTC1G-UDIMM 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-5-5-18 3-23-6-3)
Memory Module : Kingston KTC1G-UDIMM 1GB DIMM DDR2 PC2-6400U DDR2-800 (5-5-5-18 3-23-6-3)
Memory Module : Samsung M3 78T6553EZS-CE6 512MB DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300U DDR2-666 (5-5-5-15 3-20-5-3)
Memory Module : Samsung M3 78T6553EZS-CE6 512MB DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300U DDR2-666 (5-5-5-15 3-20-5-3)

Video System
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (64 SM4.0 1.6GHz, 512MB DDR3 1.8GHz 256-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

Graphics Processor
OpenCL Processor : NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (64SP 8C 1.63GHz, 512MB DDR3 1.8GHz 256-bit)
Compute Shader Processor : NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (64SP 1.6GHz, 512MB DDR3 1.8GHz 256-bit)
CUDA Processor : NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (64SP 8C 1.63GHz, 512MB DDR3 1.8GHz 256-bit)

Storage Devices
Seagate ST3500630AS (500.1GB, SATA150, 3.5", 16MB Cache) : 466GB (C
Compaq DVD-ROM DVD-117 (ATA44, DVD-R, CD-R, 64kB Cache) : N/A (D


Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : ASUS MCP51 LPC Bridge
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : ITE IT8718F
Audio Device : ASUS MCP51 High Definition Audio
Audio Codec : Realtek Semiconductor 883 High Definition Audio
Serial Port(s) : 1
Parallel Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : ASUS MCP51 Parallel ATA Controller
Disk Controller : ASUS MCP51 Serial ATA Controller
Disk Controller : ASUS MCP51 Serial ATA Controller
USB Controller 1 : ASUS MCP51 USB Controller
USB Controller 2 : ASUS MCP51 USB Controller
FireWire/1394 Controller 1 : ASUS VIA VT6308 1394 OHCI Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : nVidia MCP5+ SMBus 1
SMBus/i2c Controller 2 : nVidia MCP5+ SMBus 2
Network Services
Network Adapter : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (Ethernet, 1Gbps)
Network Adapter : VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet1 (Ethernet, 100Mbps)
Network Adapter : VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet8 (Ethernet, 100Mbps)

Power Management
Mains (AC) Line Status : On-Line

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
Platform Compliance : x86

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 5.7

(Yeah, I know I should replace those rams, and I am getting some 2gb's for Christmas so that should be alright!)


Looking forward to any replies, and I don't know if I should have put this in any other forum section, but if I posted it wrong, I'd appreciate if a moderator or such could move it smile.gif
post #2 of 5
Well, there's no reason to believe you can't OC that. What are you using for cooling?

Leaving all voltages on auto, you should be able to adjust your FSB to 400mhz. That'll give you a 3.6GHz OC. Only thing you'll really need to change is the memory strapping to 2.00. That'll make the memory use it's full 800mhz of potential.

As to the video card, I'm not familiar with overclocking Nvidia cards, but that does seem where you're seeing the largest bottleneck. Perhaps OC that, or pick up a new card rather than the extra 1GB of memory. 3GB should be fine for more games.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
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ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
WHOA WHOA WHOA!

Thanks for your reply, but you need to go a bit slow on me, I'm not super into hardware, so could you kindly explain the terms FSB and the thing about memory strapping?

About the video card, I recall my dad mentioning something about my motherboard, that it wouldn't work well with newer graphic cards and such, hence I'd have to get a new motherboard first, is this true?

And I really appreciate the help smile.gif

edit: Oh, and for cooling, I don't really think it's anything fancy, the regular fans on the components and one in the back, It's quite the simple chassis too, really tongue.gif
Edited by dansaDisco - 12/10/11 at 9:21pm
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When you go into the BIOS... there's going to be a menu... something like "advanced clock control". Your wording may be different, just dig around menus until you find stuff concerning the FSB (Front Side bus). Front side bus is basically telling the processor what speed to run at, and the multiplier takes that speed and multiplies it. Stock setting for that processor is 333mhz FSB with a 9.0 multiplier.

333 x 9 = 3.0GHz.

If you change that 333 to 400, you'll now be running 400 x 9 = 3.6GHz.

You need to change the memory strapping because otherwise it'll try to run your memory over the rated speed and you could run into some stability issues. By setting it to 2.0, you're essentially telling the memory to run at 2 times the speed of the front side bus. 400 x 2 = 800mhz. 800mhz is the rated speed of your memory so that should sit nicely...

Also, don't take this the wrong way... but your dad is wrong. You are running PCI-E, just like all fairly modern motherboards. No reason you can't land yourself a nice inexpensive card that'll perform much better than the 9600GT... maybe a Nvidia 550Ti or something.
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CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
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HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
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Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
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post #5 of 5
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Oh, thanks a lot! That's a really good explanation of things.

And no, I wont take it in the wrong way, it'll just feel good to outsmart my dad wink.gif

I will try out the settings you provided, and keep track of the heat (I heard that's a good thing), hopefully it will give a nice improvement until I can get a new cpu
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