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Need some guidance on overclocking please!

post #1 of 16
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Hey guys, I'm new here. I'm not new to the computer scene, but honestly, I have no idea how to overclock my CPU. I've just never been interested in it because all of the CPUs I've had until now have all been over 3.1GHz.

Anyways, I now have a Core 2 Duo which is clocked at 2.66GHz and I read somewhere that Core 2 Duos are some of the best CPUs to overclock. I read on a site that someone overclocked their 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo past 3.0GHz like it was nothing. Can I do the same to my CPU?

Also, could someone direct me to some information or tutorials on how to overclock my CPU?

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 16
I have an old E6650 (2.66 ghz) that I got to 3.4 stable. It really was great to overclock, much less of an a** then an old X3 760 I had before.

Anyway, what ram and board do you have? The one I had let me do asynchronous clocks, so I wouldn't have to mess around with memory multipliers. You, unfortunately, might not be so lucky.
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I have an old E6650 (2.66 ghz) that I got to 3.4 stable. It really was great to overclock, much less of an a** then an old X3 760 I had before.
Anyway, what ram and board do you have? The one I had let me do asynchronous clocks, so I wouldn't have to mess around with memory multipliers. You, unfortunately, might not be so lucky.

Hey dude! Thanks for the reply. If I could get this CPU up to 3.4GHz that would be wild. Even 3.0 would be great for me. I have 4GB of DDR2 RAM installed. Not really sure what motherboard revision I have but it's the stock motherboard in a Dell Optiplex 755 SFF. I will do some digging around and get back to you on the motherboard revision.

Thanks again bro!
post #4 of 16
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I believe it has a Dell PU052 motherboard.

The whole setup is actually pretty fast already at 2.66GHz, so I imagine clocking it upwards of 3.0GHZ+ would make the entire system function better. Reason I want to OC it is because I feel like it may be bottlenecking my graphics card. I have a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 with 4GB RAM, and some people are telling me this CPU at its 2.66GHz is definitely hindering the graphics cards performance. Whether that's true or not, I'm not 100% sure lol.
Edited by xH2L - 2/17/12 at 7:21am
post #5 of 16
I hate to tell you this man, but Dell motherboards have no options for overclocking. Sorry, but overclocking is impossible on that board frown.gif
post #6 of 16
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I hate to tell you this man, but Dell motherboards have no options for overclocking. Sorry, but overclocking is impossible on that board frown.gif

Now that blows lol. Oh well.. Guess I'll just need to upgrade the motherboard then at some point. Might as well get a new CPU with it anyways right? Would be pretty stupid to put this same CPU in a really nice motherboard.
post #7 of 16
I would start at looking at a new budget build if you are going to replace the mobo and cpu. You'd be surprised how you can beat the crap out of your old rig on the cheap. And if you haven't already building a computer is a great deal of fun biggrin.gif
    
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depends, if you can grab a mobo for 50 bucks that can enable you to overclock, and you don't want to spend 100's to do a platform jump then I think its a good idea to just grab a mobo providing that's all you need.
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Now that blows lol. Oh well.. Guess I'll just need to upgrade the motherboard then at some point. Might as well get a new CPU with it anyways right? Would be pretty stupid to put this same CPU in a really nice motherboard.
You are going to need more then a new motherboard unfortunately. The case, psu, some addon cards and the motherboard are all non standard in Dell's pcs.
post #10 of 16
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I've built many computers before, and yeah, it is lots of fun! biggrin.gif

Anyways, right now I have 4GB of RAM, a Sapphire Radeon HD 6870, an Ultra 550W PSU and 250GB Barracuda HDD, installed nice and neat inside a white NZXT Source 210 Elite. So I don't think my other parts need to be upgraded at all. If anything, the only thing that would have to go if I went with a new mobo and CPU would be the RAM, since most of the newer mobos take DDR3 RAM.. not DDR2 like this motherboard does.

Do you guys have any recommendations on motherboards if I did want to keep my Core 2 Duo so I could just overclock it to great heights? lol.
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