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ok, I want to get an EE 840 for the computer im building, the thing is, while it will be great for the multitasking i do, I want it to have a little more proccessing power like some of the higher end proccessors built for gaming but i have never over-clocked a a CPU before, ive read about it but was wandering if theres anything i realy should be aware of, especialy with this model, my goal is 3.8 Ghz from the stock 3.2, has anyone done this before?

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If you do plan to overclock it you will need a board that supports overclocking (abit, asus, dfi are good boards) as for cooling it i would sugest watercooling that chip since it with run VERY hot and some good memory to clock up as you raise the fsb which increases the cpu clock as well as the memory speed.

EDIT also if you havet yet read up on the overclocking guides here is one to help answer a few other questions you may have on overclocking cpu's http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html
    
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um watercooling?

and I thought only two mothersboards where compatible for that chip lol *hits himself*
    
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Yeah getting to 3.8 is pretty easy. That what I am running as my standard OC (3.840). I am air cooled and have no issues with heat. I have added some additional fans though to insure the cooling will not be a concern. You should be able to hit 3.8 with little effort.

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btw, does anybody now if its 3.2 ghz per core or the whole thing
    
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The Pentium Extreme Edition 840 has two physical cores both operating at a frequency of 3200MHz (3.2GHz).

As to overclocking the processor it will require a good amount of cooling as the thermal output is very high, the reason why it is so high is simply because there are litteraly two Prescott cores on one dye, that means lots of heat.
The processor itself is rather unefficient like its Prescott/Prescott 2M counterparts (6 operations per clock cycle vs AMD's 9) so it does not perform extremely well in some things, even AMD's dual cores give it a run for its money and even beat the processor at major multi-tasking which is what Intel usually has the lead on.

If you are not after some extreme multi-tasking then I would recommend going for a single core as they can run cooler and actually work a bit more efficient because they don't have to work with multi-threading as much. The 600 series by Intel is a much better way to go if you are after pure gaming performance

Still its a very fast processor in some applications because as well as having two physical cores it also has two logical cores (so four cores in total). Nice amount of cache and some good features as well
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well see the thing is, I Trillian, Win Tv,Firefox Firstpage (HTML editer) an Ip hiding program and mIRC all at the same time lol, needless to say my current pc, runnig on 700mhz tends to be slow and freeze alot lol so um yeah, dual core is good
    
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Shop around I think you might be happier with an AMD dual core over the intel offering...Performance between the 2 clearly shows AMD is the winner . .
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lol k will do
    
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