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Hey i recently put together a part new computer (used parts from another computer i had with brand new ones received yesterday from newegg). Anyway i wanted to know if anyone can help me with overclocking my proccessor. these are the parts in my computer right now.

NEW PARTS:
XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870
Cougar Evoulution mid tower case
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo heatsink
Raidmax 730ss watt power supply

OLD PARTS (Came from an hp slimline s5-1020):
Foxconn H-I41-uATX (ETON) Motherboard (i have tried finding this motherboard on the internet but all i ever find are the cheap specs on hp website)
Intel Pentium R Dual-Core @ 3.33Ghz
2x2GB DDR3 1333mhz ram (manufacturer might be samsung because while it looks like a normal green stick of ram it has a sticker with the samsung logo on it)
1TB HDD @ 1.5Gbs sata connection.

And thats about it. right now as the computer runs with 64 bit windows 7 OS and just google chrome, steam, and norton running its barely going above 7% usage and is at a nice 35C temps. when i was reading the reviews on the coolermaster heatsing one guy who had the same processor as me said he got it to 4.5Ghz at 42C temps and because ima be mainly using the computer for gaming and rendering adobe after affects stuff (want to do youtube videos like freddiew) my friend said that the processor will bottleneck the gpu and i quickly saw that when im watching youtube vids with people playing dirt 3 at max settings with a steady 40 fps while i get like 15 wha-smiley.png so yea.its either overclock or cough up another $250 for a six core 3.33Gzh amd processor and motherboard. and if you can find me something better than the processor i want then please do tell me. untill then thank you for the help in advance biggrin.gif
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Ok, I HIGHLY doubt that someone got to 4.5ghz with that Intel Dual Core...especially at 42c (I'm assuming idle). A good way to tell if you're being bottled necked (I'm pretty sure you are) is to check your gpu and cpu usage when you're playing a graphic intense game (Dirt 3 will suffice). If you're getting really bad FPS and your GPU isn't at ~100% then you're most likely being bottle necked.

Also why would you go for an AMD 6 core? If you're actually going to be doing a lot of adobe rendering then get the $300 i7 2600k ($300 sale price) or you could get a better deal if you had a microcenter. Otherwise if you're mostly going to be gaming just get a 2500k and save about $100.
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Ok If anything ima get the i5 2500k. So i cant overclock the processor and if i did would it make much of a difference?? And i was gonna get the 6 core because i mean a 6 core at 3.33Ghz versus a Quad-core at the same speed and the 6-core is cheaper so thats why i said that one.well anyway can you tell me how to overclock this thing so i can atleast have SOME speed increase untill i buy a new board and processor, and on your opinion is the heatsink good, i mean from what i see alot of overclockers use it.
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Since you got the mobo from an HP computer, it is a special board made for HP. The HP I had was a brand of ASUSTEK mobo (Asus obviously) but the BIOS was locked on it. I can almost guarantee you that your BIOS will be locked from making any voltage changes that you would need to. So pretty much what I'm saying is unless you're able to find a crack for your BIOS (Do at your own risk) you will not be able to overclock it.

Also just because it has more cores and the same frequency doesn't mean it will perform better. Also the Intel Turbo Boost would make it 3.7 assuming it needed to go up that far. But just stick with the 2500k and you will have a very solid computer. Unless you want to wait for Ivy Bridge to come out. That is up to you though, it's about a 5-10% increase in performance.

Edit: Yes the Hyper 212 EVO is a very common one around here. It is a solid air cooler.
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The CM212 is so popular because it is cheap and will be good enough of a cooler up to around the 4.5ghz mark, anything over and you need something better.

The 2500k would be a good choice, arguably the best quad core cpu out at the minute for the price.
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