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First time posting (>.>) and I was looking for some advice on how far I can push my Pentium D 2.8GhZ and my Nvidia 7900 GS(factory OC) on stock cooling. I don't have a temp meter for my CPU, never been able to find one that will work with it, but I can put my hand on the heatsink and it's barely warm. The 7900 runs a bit warm, so I'm not sure how much farther I can push it.. I basically want programs to use, your recommendations on how far I can go safely and for every day use, not as a stress test run(don't know too much about the PSU and voltage and stuff). Thanks a lot in advance
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post #2 of 13
What motherboard do you have?

For starters
CPU-Z For seeing useful info
Rivatuner or ATI Tool for video cards (ATI Tool works for Nvidia too!)
Then just google your motherboard and add "overclocking" at the end like...

GA-P965-DS3 Overclocking

If you get stuck, ask for help!
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post #3 of 13
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Not sure what mobo. Can Device Manager or similar tell me? Also, do you know any programs that can show me the temp and some OCing programs. Final thing is I'd like to know from someone experienced how far I can push it before it breaks.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
460GB (300+160) SATA 2x DVD/CD Burners Windows 7 RTM (7600) 19" LCD and 17" CRT 
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post #4 of 13
among other things, Tuneup Utilities 2009 shows you what mobo you have, and there is a free trial, Core Temp shows your processors temp, and you can use Nvidia to check you GFX temp
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post #5 of 13
Everest, and speedfan should show temps. Everest should also show what motherboard you have.
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post #6 of 13
Yeah, go for Everest, and Speedfan if you don't want to install too much cr@p
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post #7 of 13
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Ok, well I found out I'm not OCing the GFX. Doing nothing but this and ATITool's fuzzy box thing, it's sitting at a not-so-comfy 60 degreesso Riva to up the fan speed and leave it. So now my main focus is the CPU. CPU-Z says I have a Dell DXP051. Neither Everest nor CPU-Z can tell me the CPU temp so I guess if I really wanted to, I could go by feel for heat. Any suggestions for how high I should go with my board?
Edited by Farlo - 12/20/08 at 3:11am
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
460GB (300+160) SATA 2x DVD/CD Burners Windows 7 RTM (7600) 19" LCD and 17" CRT 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #8 of 13
Since you have a dell, chances are you wont be able to oc your cpu. Most dell bios are locked and will not allow you to oc. Check your bios and see if it will alow you to change fsb settings.
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840 EVO // 120GB  MX100 // 512GB Corsair H110i GT Win 10 Pro 64bit 
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post #9 of 13
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Where and how would I do that? Reboot and look through?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
460GB (300+160) SATA 2x DVD/CD Burners Windows 7 RTM (7600) 19" LCD and 17" CRT 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
460GB (300+160) SATA 2x DVD/CD Burners Windows 7 RTM (7600) 19" LCD and 17" CRT 
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post #10 of 13
Yeah when you reboot press F2 or F12 cant remember for dell and chech if they allow you to change any settings.
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840 EVO // 120GB  MX100 // 512GB Corsair H110i GT Win 10 Pro 64bit 
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