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Overclocking a 5500

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I have an old PNY fx5500 PCI that I want to overclock. I'm not expecting any miracles, but I want newer games to be at least playable at minimum settings. Any suggestions as to how high I could get it, or if it's even worth it at all?
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First off, welcome to the forums!

It would be very worth overclocking that card! I have a freind with one, and they tend to overclock quite nicley! I don't remeber exact clocks, but it was enough to get him playing BF2 with little lag. The best ways to overclock are either with Coolbits 2.0 (get it from www.guru3d.com) or ATI Tool (get it from www.techpowerup.com. Don't worry, it does Nvidia cards, too.)

You should also look into some modded drivers, like the NGO or XTreme-G. They boost performance a lot, and often improve quality, as well. I personaly am very fond of the Xtreme-G 96.89's, they are a great driver set.
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Thanks. Right now my addiction is DarkStar One. I love the concept and gameplay of it, but the combat is impossible at a slideshow rate. Hopefully this will help.
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ahh, some one with the same card that i had, before screwing it up. you can overclock that car pretty good, with teh latest Nvidia drivers (you should download them) and with coolbits unlock the overclocking feature in the nvidia control panel and you can overlock to decent frequencies before hitting major artifacts

Note: i had an agp version but i got to 830 Mhz mem (thats 415 for each set of memory) and 325 for gpu frequencies

save up your money and get a 7800 gt on newegg for 230$

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Getting a new card isn't really an option. The machine this is on only has PCI so I'm stuck for now. I'll probably end up building a new machine when I have the money, but that won't be anytime soon.
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personally I no matter how much you OC its still an FX5500. Its based on the same NV34 core my old AGP FX5200Ultra was based on and I can say one thing It doesnt OC as well as newer cards do. My 5200Ultra which is alot faster than a 5500 came stock at 325/600 and it never went above 380/650of course it was 256mb of DDR and not the 128 so your ram might oc but even at those speeds my 5200Ultra was to slow for my tastes and I assure stock the 5200Ultra will kill a 5500.
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Well as he only has an FX5500 to work with then lets just help him with that shall we. What Chipp said pretty much sums it up. Howevers when overclocking take it slowly. And keep testing throughout to make sure its stable..If it is you can keep climbing.
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