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post #1 of 10
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Hi there. First post!

I'm really new to overclocking, and I've only ever done it to a GPU which is stupid-simple. It's all software done, and it's point click done. Anyway, I would like to overclock my current CPU to 3.0 GHz with the stock fan, and when I get my new PSU. The only problem is that the HP I have doesn't allow me to use the BIOS to overclock, and the motherboard doesn't have new chipsets for it. It's a prebuilt junker, so I'm stuck. I can't replace it either because money.

Anyway, I'd love to learn how to do it for myself, but I simply can't afford to destroy this computer. The power supply I have now is garbage, and I wouldn't dream of OC'ing with it. I'm going to be getting a Corsair 430 PSU, because that's all I can afford, and nothing more. I'm just worried that might not be safe to do with the PSU I'm getting.

The other thing is that I have no idea where to start. I don't know about any programs I should use, I don't know what to do exactly (I know the basics, but they don't help too much), and I'm deathly afraid I will kill this computer. I can't afford a new one, and this one is almost 5 years old. I feel like that's making an old man run a marathon. He's gonna get hurt.

Anyway, I'd love some guidance on where to start, and what limitations I can expect.

PS: The main reason I want to OC this CPU is because 2.4GHz is just so low that any new GPU I get would be bottlenecked hard by the CPU.

As well, I'll be playing Diablo 3 soon, and I'm purchasing a 550TI EVGA to replace my 430GT card. (Don't judge, I got it on sale for 40 bucks!)

This is my current and next stage setup:

- 430GT EVGA
- 300w No-name PSU (HP)
- HP Pavillion case (Terribly small)
- 250GB Hard Drive, 5500rpm
- No-name motherboard (most likely ASUS but it's HP Premade)
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
- Stock CPU fan (ASUS)

I will be buying:

EVGA 550TI FPB
Corsair 430w Power Supply

200$ is my absolute limit, unfortunately. If the PSU isn't good enough to OC even a little bit, feel free to suggest another PSU. Together, these two items are 198$ shipping included. Again, this is my maximum limit. I'm willing to sacrifice the GPU for a better PSU if the 430 is absolutely terrible, but from what I've read, it's all I will need for the next few years until I can afford an actual gaming computer.

Thanks.
post #2 of 10
Sorry to let you know mate but its impossible to overclock on HP Boards.

there are no options for it and being five years old you are just asking for trouble.

the Q6600 is still decent for gaming yes slower than 2500 yada yada yada but enough for diablo and with a 550Ti you should be set for medium (atleast i think)
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post #3 of 10
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I can't overclock it with software, even? What about hardware forced?
post #4 of 10
Software oc inst that great and probably not even possible. given its a HP board would have poor caps and cooling and being a stock cooler on it temps would soar. and most OEM's lock their Bios
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OEM = no OC it bites but its true but not all hope is lost just invest in another motherboard thumb.gif
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post #6 of 10
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Hope is lost. I can't afford a new motherboard; my graphics card is literally dead, and there's no point in upgrading a mobo and CPU without one.

Oh well, thanks anyway.
post #7 of 10
yeah good 775 mobos are getting pricey, im still gaming on a gt120 (OEM 9500gt), i would be worried about the PSU for the 550ti, but as the others have said OEM=no OC 99% of the time.
post #8 of 10
Although you probably would notice a nice performance increase from the 550TI (which also requires the new PSU) and then later in the future if you built a ~$400 (No more otherwise the PSU would be insufficient) gaming pc you could reuse both of those parts and still have a really nice little gaming pc.
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post #9 of 10
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Although you probably would notice a nice performance increase from the 550TI (which also requires the new PSU) and then later in the future if you built a ~$400 (No more otherwise the PSU would be insufficient) gaming pc you could reuse both of those parts and still have a really nice little gaming pc.

Yeah, that's what my line of thinking was. By the time I can afford anything else, I'll be able to afford a lot more parts. I'm only playing Diablo 3, so I'm saving my money for a new computer complely anyway. Diablo 3 will run well on what I have. When I start playing a new game, or the motherboard or CPU give out (which they likely won't), I'll upgrade the whole system sans the video card.
post #10 of 10
You could probably oc with set fsb if you know what your pll is, but without voltage and divider adjustments you won't go very far
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