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Overclocking? is it worth it? how to tell???

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Hi,
Ok, I was just looking at my scores for 3DMark 2003 just now as it's the only record I have of my system pre-overclock **5722marks** (acutally it's 2.00, but I only have it @ 2.05 GHZ) vs overclocked (2.61 GHZ) ** 5853marks**.

My memory timings is normally 2-2-2-5 - 200 MHZ, but overclocked it's @ 2-3-3-7 - 243 MHZ.

Is there a better benchmarking program to find out if I should overclock or not?

I don't play PC video games. I record TV, edit video, compress video. I also download and surf the web.

Thanks in advance!
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3DMark is much more GPU dependent then CPU, so you will see little gain when overclocking you CPU.

Try SuperPi 1.5, PCMark04/05 (made by the same people as 3DMark), and wPrime. These benchmarks are much more CPU dependent and will give you a better sense of how much you have overclocked your CPU.

Also if your into distributed computing you can try a BOINC project, or Folding@home.
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Ok thanks, I will try those programs.
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No problem

Be sure to post some benchmarks when you're done!
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ok, no problem.
1 thing though.... Is it bad to run PCMark 05 in the overclock state, then bring the system back down to normal, run PCMark 05, then re-overclock back to the 2.61GHZ level??? I remember on the original overclock, I had to step the overclock in increments... I am hoping to not have to do the small overclock steps again.
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It's OK to go up and down with your overclocks.

Lots of people will run XXXX MHz for their regular OC, and then crank it up 500 MHz for a few benchmarks, and then right back down to their usual OC.

I usually push the FSB up by about 10 Mhz (100 MHz effective) at a time, test, then move the FSB up again.

On my A64 3700+ I went a bit slower, say 5 MHz FSB (50 MHz effective) at a time.
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