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Can someone walk a noob through the overclocking process?

post #1 of 16
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The only time I've tried before was on my old computer and I used the terrible program that the mobo came with.
My computer specs are in my profile... but here's a quick rundown.

My processor is the E6420 with stock HSF.
For my mobo I have a GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R
500W Cooler Master PSU ATX12V

So if you could, just walk me through... What do I need to test prior to OCing? What programs do I need? Any recommended settings to start out with?
I don't want to fry my computer... or damage it too much. I intend on keeping it for a couple years...


I'd also like to OC my graphics card and RAM...
EVGA 8800GTS 640MB
OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
but that's for a later time.


Thanks.
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post #2 of 16
Download TAT (Intel thermal Analysis) and download Orthos and see what your temps are, then go into BIOS and start raising the FSB
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post #3 of 16
Well, you have the same board I have (still waiting for case so I can set up) so you should go into the BIOS and go into the Intelligent Tweaker and change your FSB. Be sure to get some programs first so your OC is successful.
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post #4 of 16
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TAT says my idle is at 40ºC
Running both at 90% workload gives me 56º/56º

How do I do Orthos?
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post #5 of 16
You make sure its set at small FFT's under the dropdown box and you click begin
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post #7 of 16
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I got about 55º reading while running Orthos (for 5 minutes)
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post #8 of 16
you schould be able to OC alittle bit but keep a close eye on temps
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post #9 of 16
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What's a safe limit for temperature/voltage for my processor?
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post #10 of 16
Temperature, I like to stay below 60C, but others keep it even cooler, under 55C. It's all personally where you start to feel anxious/nervous about the temps.
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