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Should I even think of overclocking? AMD Athlon II x3 455 and BIOSTAR A880G+

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Well, the computer I am referring to is down in my signature (at least it should be xD)
Anyways, Should I even think of overclocking? It's only got the stock cooler, but after running a few different benchmarks, playing my games and such for the past two weeks from when I put it together. According to HWMonitor and AMD's OverDrive I am usually around 55c on each of the cores. Anyways, I've only used the mobo's core unlocker to get it to an AMD Phenom II B55 x4 @ 3.3 GHz. Also, I used the Gameboost on it to get the speeds of the integrated video up a tad to the speeds in the sig.

I'm a newbie at this who only has ever had old systems that I've performed minor upgrades on so I could do what I needed to, wasn't expecting much out of this system as it is now since it I put a whole $300 into it. Badly needed to get rid of my old Athlon 64 3800+ x2 w/ a GeForce 210 that had a failing hard drive, lol. Plan to eventually get a decent graphics card, better PSU, a quality heatsink/fan, and some more fans for better airflow.
Edited by Rivkah - 3/12/12 at 7:03pm
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Ehh.... MB has only 4+1 phase, no VRM heatsink... on the other hand, its a 95w cpu and the board is made for 125w.

If you do overclock a little bit, be very careful with voltage, don't push it too hard. Its not the CPU I'm worried about, its the motherboard.
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post #3 of 3
No point in Overclocking that chip too much. Best just to get a Video Card for it and call it
a day. You could even throw your nVidia 210 in it for now. Would be much better than
integraded Video.

It's a bonus that you were able to unlock the 4th core, and 3.3Ghz is a good speed for today's tasks.
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