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Hai, I'm new here, and I was simply wondering ... for most processors, why would you overclock it? I have a 2.9 Ghz Pentium 4, and I've never hit anything that even remotely made me think "I need a new processor". Personally, I don't even really know if a processor can limit gaming power, and I thought multitasking was mostly handled by getting more RAM, so I don't see the point of overclocking to 3.6 Ghz or somesuch, because no current programs seem to need, or even benefit, from a speed that high. What am I missing?
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Hi firstly welcome to OCN . People like to buy cheap processors and overclock them to get more bang for there buck. You can buy a $100 processor and OC to the speed of a stock $300 processor. Also it's a performance increase to the gamers etc. hope this helps you out.
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Hai, I'm new here, and I was simply wondering ... for most processors, why would you overclock it? I have a 2.9 Ghz Pentium 4, and I've never hit anything that even remotely made me think "I need a new processor". Personally, I don't even really know if a processor can limit gaming power, and I thought multitasking was mostly handled by getting more RAM, so I don't see the point of overclocking to 3.6 Ghz or somesuch, because no current programs seem to need, or even benefit, from a speed that high. What am I missing?
There are certain programs that definitely benefit from more CPU speed. Video encoding and other digital media editing suites are just two categories that get a noticeable boost.

Why do we do it? To be honest, there are many answers. Some do it because they want to extract the most performance from the components they bought; they usually buy the most affordable examples from a product line and make them outperform top-of-the-line stuff. Some do it for the challenge of doing something that not everyone can do. Some do it to satisfy certain competitive instincts. And some just get into it because it's something they want to learn and experiment on.

Why do people climb Mt. Everest, or build hot rods? Because they want to, and they can.
    
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My $230 E6600 2.4GHz processor is now running at 3.2GHz, which is faster than the X6800 Extreme 2.93GHz processor which will run you $975. And basically, these processors (besides the clock speed) are the same.

You do the math.

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Haha, good answer. I wasn't even considering anything other than games, but I was unsure whether or not they would show any difference, or if I really wanted to try overclocking my processor
But yea, you guys can have your thrills with your processors, I'll stick with my graphics card kthx.

Ah, and Choggs, I understand that you can make it more powerful for cheaper, but I was wondering what sort of limitations it would have if you hadn't overclocked it, because even with all those fancy core duos going around, my Pentium IV still never gives me problems.
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Are you sure you have a P4? I think the only Intel at 2.930 GHz is the Conroe X6800, which is the fastest dual core CPU on the market...which would be a reason why you don't think it's slow
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Quote:
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My $230 E6600 2.4GHz processor is now running at 3.2GHz, which is faster than the X6800 Extreme 2.93GHz processor which will run you $975. And basically, these processors (besides the clock speed) are the same.

You do the math.

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Yep that's a big reason. Save hundreds of dollars by changing a few things and hitting a couple of buttons.. Pretty amazing isn't it?

Also loading times into windows, loading games, handling .zip or .rar files. Friend and I compared many things with a stock E6300 and one just sitting at 3.15GHz... Many many differences..
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Well it's 2.93 Ghz, but it's not dual core; maybe that's what you thought, but I bought this computer maybe three years ago, mistakenly thinking processing power was the #1 thing to put on a gaming PC, and I'm pretty sure I found the best out there
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Well it's 2.93 Ghz, but it's not dual core; maybe that's what you thought, but I bought this computer maybe three years ago, mistakenly thinking processing power was the #1 thing to put on a gaming PC, and I'm pretty sure I found the best out there
Oh ok. CPU power does make a difference. You however, have a GPU that is strong enough to deliever high frame rates, especially if you play at higher resolutions.

The CPU currently is your slowest piece, if you upgraded it, you would get more fps. Your CPU is bottlenecking the graphics card.
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Then I suppose I should ask how I would go about replacing a processor, but I don't want to make another new thread; that would be my fourth one tonight
I heard it's difficult, and considered just getting a new motherboard ... hell, when I upgrade that, I'll just grab a new motherboard , this one has one slot for the graphics card and two expansion slots. My case has seven expansion slots. Makes it seem a waste xD
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