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I just got away from my mom's Dell motherboard and PSU, and built my own computer using an old case with an eMachines in it. I know, it's never ending.

Anyway, I've been using SpeedFan since I got this comp set up. Before I got new fans in my case, I was idling right at 40C, stress at 47C. Now I'm idle at 37C, 44C stressed.
I have an Arctic Cooling 92mm CPU fan/heatsink, and I'm wondering if that's enough to start OCing this processor. From the reviews on NewEgg (where I bought it), it's supposedly able to easily OC to 2.5GHz. I'm really wondering if that's enough to even bother doing, as it's only a 300MHz change.

Things that I don't know about, but feel I need to understand are Voltages, HT overclock, and overclocking the FSB.
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welcome! well there is a lot to learn here. look up some basic FAQ's on overclocking and if you really get stuck, then we're here to help ya out. but do a search. after all, it IS an overclocking forum and all that stuff has been covered a gazillion times.
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If you want detailed answers, look around but I can give some quickies.

Personally I like CoreTemp better than speedfan, I think speedfan takes it's temp readings off the motherboard sensor and CoreTemp uses the CPU electronic die sensor, so it's more accurate (could be wrong here about SF)


Voltage is used to stabilize overclocks, use as little as possible to retain stability. Volts usually = heat.

HT overclocking: Don't, it's more than fast enough. If you push past 1100MHz on the HT bus you could get a no-POST

FSB: Unless you have an intel Extreme chip or AMD FX, you need to increase FSB to increase CPU speed.




Obviously this is simple but I'm sure there are some more detailed guides out there.
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Hello mate. I take your mobo is the socket 754 K8N. I had this mobo for around one year coupled with a 2800+.

It has a quirk. You can OC with it, but up to a certain HTT. I did some research at that time and I found out that most that had this mobo had problems OCing over 220HTT. I could only do it with nTune, at which point it was stable even at 260HTT. The problem is it doesn't start (cold boot) at higher than 220 frequency. This however should boost your CPU by 10%.

All you need to do is to set the RAM at 333, HT multiplier at 3x and maybe up the core voltage (only if needed). Hope it works out.
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How does the voltage tie in to the clock speed? From what I've been reading, if the clock is too high without the voltage raised, it just doesn't start, or what?

220MHz doesn't seem worth it. =/
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Any OC is worth it
Voltage... as the CPU bus speed increases you may/will need more voltage, that is just the way it works as some point in the OCing.
    
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How does the voltage tie in to the clock speed? From what I've been reading, if the clock is too high without the voltage raised, it just doesn't start, or what?
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Internal CPU signals get weaker as the transistors need to switch faster or something like that, so we bump voltage to compensate.

Insufficient voltage is one way to run an unstable processor, colder processors will run faster but it's a lot of luck of the draw.
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