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First of all hello! I am a PC gamer, and I have the hobby of video editing and 3d modeling. Now I think my set up is decent, but I've been wanting to see how much more I can get out of it, mainly so that I can render videos and animations a lot quicker than I can currently, but also just because I want to get the most out of my computer. I've decided that I should look into overclocking, but after some of the research that I've done I feel lost, so I was wondering if anyone could help me out. My computer is one of my most valuable possessions, so I didn't want to try anything without fully understanding it because I don't want to ruin anything. I want to overclock the CPU in my laptop, it's has an Intel Core i5 M480 that runs at 2.67 GHz, how many GHz do you think I can get out of it safely, and how do I overclock it safely? If you need any more information about my set up, I will be happy to provide any needed information. Thank you for the help.
Edited by Taji34 - 6/15/12 at 5:29pm
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It's a laptop, with a mobile-class CPU, and a non-unlocked one at that. About your only hope is to find Overclock software, and bump the FSB/Volts and hope it doesn't overheat. (you'll have to find someone who knows the max volts/temps of 1st gen Core cpus from more info on that)

For the most part, it is not advised to overclock laptops unless they have a part designed for it. Cooling just isn't good enough.
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If your focused at 3d modeling and video editing, then a laptop was not choice to do.
With a dual core with HT, and not sure what GPU is being used, you limited the capabilities if you needed more.
You max Turbo Core is 2.9Ghz, which is what will be used when you need more from your CPU.

OC is not a good choice to do, as when you render its not the CPU part doing that. It is the GPU mostly.
The amount of heat of constant 80%+ load will generate lots of heat.
    
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It's a laptop, with a mobile-class CPU, and a non-unlocked one at that. About your only hope is to find Overclock software, and bump the FSB/Volts and hope it doesn't overheat. (you'll have to find someone who knows the max volts/temps of 1st gen Core cpus from more info on that)
For the most part, it is not advised to overclock laptops unless they have a part designed for it. Cooling just isn't good enough.
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If your focused at 3d modeling and video editing, then a laptop was not choice to do.
With a dual core with HT, and not sure what GPU is being used, you limited the capabilities if you needed more.
You max Turbo Core is 2.9Ghz, which is what will be used when you need more from your CPU.
OC is not a good choice to do, as when you render its not the CPU part doing that. It is the GPU mostly.
The amount of heat of constant 80%+ load will generate lots of heat.

I understand that a laptop was not the best choice for my needs, however at the time, and currently, I don't have the money, or the space to buy a desktop suited for my needs, so I bought the best laptop I could find within my price range. I know that was where I went wrong, however, I still want to get the most out of what I have, so I want to see if I can overclock my CPU even a little. Is there anything I can do, or should I just steer clear of overclocking my CPU? Also the graphics card my Laptop has is a Nvidia GeForce GT 420M. Should I try to measure the temperatures of both my CPU and GPU to see how hot they run regularly and how my fan handles it before I consider overclocking? Again thank you for the help.
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I understand that a laptop was not the best choice for my needs, however at the time, and currently, I don't have the money, or the space to buy a desktop suited for my needs, so I bought the best laptop I could find within my price range. I know that was where I went wrong, however, I still want to get the most out of what I have, so I want to see if I can overclock my CPU even a little. Is there anything I can do, or should I just steer clear of overclocking my CPU? Also the graphics card my Laptop has is a Nvidia GeForce GT 420M. Should I try to measure the temperatures of both my CPU and GPU to see how hot they run regularly and how my fan handles it before I consider overclocking? Again thank you for the help.

Knowing the temps the CPU/GPU run at under load is a good idea anyway, but since it's impossible to OC through BIOS, and I can't think of any software that would allow you to OC an Intel CPU through an OS, you're pretty much stuck.
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Knowing the temps the CPU/GPU run at under load is a good idea anyway, but since it's impossible to OC through BIOS, and I can't think of any software that would allow you to OC an Intel CPU through an OS, you're pretty much stuck.

Do you know of any programs that can monitor the Temperatures of my CPU and GPU?
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Do you know of any programs that can monitor the Temperatures of my CPU and GPU?
Coretemp for cpu msi afterburner for gpu
    
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Do you know of any programs that can monitor the Temperatures of my CPU and GPU?

CoreTemp for the CPU. (works good with Windows CPU monitoring gadgets)
The nVidia GPU control program is able to read GPU temps. I'm not sure if it does it on mobile processors, but it does on Desktop versions.
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You dont buy a laptop, then expect to get more out of it than you get right out of the box unless you install a high capacity SSD.
Thats basically the only way to improve a laptops performance.
Locked BIOS and poor cooling make overclocking not just difficult, but also downright stupid.

I would advise against overclocking any part of a laptop.
The Mainboard isnt designed to take the increased voltage, the cooling is already barley adequate for stock settings, and from personal experience with a friends E2200 and 9800M, if you are able to overclock at all, you wont see any performance increase. The overclocks just wont be large enough to do anything but spike temps and shorten the life of the computer.
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