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I plan to stick to the overclocking guide, however I have one question. Even while using the guide, is it possible to permanently damage my system if I do something wrong? Or do most systems have some kind of failsafe where it'll reboot or turn itself off if something is wrong?

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If you don't increase voltages then chances of damaging your system are very slim. Even if you increase voltages within the allowed limits you will still be safe.
The other thing that can damage your components is excessive heat. You gotta get a good cooler if you plan on overclocking to a moderate degree or above.
Whenever in doubt ask. If there one thing I have learned about overclocking it's that the saying "do and learn" does not always apply. It can sometimes become "damage and learn".
As for systems having a failsafe mechanism that resets the default settings upon a reboot... I believe most new mobos have it. At least I can talk about Asus mobos that have a bios crashfree feature which allows you to reset the bios by simply powering off the psu switch for a few seconds and then turning it back on. However, older mobos normally have a jumper configuration that allows you to reset the bios as well.
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depends. there's always the possibility
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I plan to stick to the overclocking guide, however I have one question. Even while using the guide, is it possible to permanently damage my system if I do something wrong? Or do most systems have some kind of failsafe where it'll reboot or turn itself off if something is wrong?

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If you come to a point where you're rig will no longer boot, you can safely get the rig up and running again by one of two ways.

Firstly, if you're MOBO has one, you can switch the CMOS reset switch over to the reset side (it should be a 3-pin jumper with a jumper to connect two of the pins). Let it sit for about 30 seconds and it should reset you're CMOS to the default settings.

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If you do not have a CMOS reset jumper just pull the MOBO battery out for the same amount of time and it will accomplish the same thing.

Don't be afraid of turning up the clock on your board, as z_one has said, manufacturers are incorporating ways to make your overclocks safer for your components. If you need any help we are always here to work you through it.
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[quote]Firstly, if you're MOBO has one, you can switch the CMOS reset switch over to the reset side (it should be a 3-pin jumper with a jumper to connect two of the pins). Let it sit for about 30 seconds and it should reset you're CMOS to the default settings.[\\quote]

typically all you have to do is short the jumper really quick, then swap it back out, its pretty much instaneous

just if your computer has a jumper for CMOS resetting, DO NOT start it up w/ it shorted on the reset setting

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If certain measures are taken then I think it's pretty hard to mess up the system. One of the important one that I think is to make sure that you have your pci/agp locked. I have read instances where people have killed the hard drives that way (Even I forgot to lock it once and was wondering why the hard drive was crashing ALL THE TIME).
Everything else pretty much fail safe up to a point. The cpu is thermally protected, if it gets too hot, you'll know beforehands. just make sure you DONT GIVE IT HUGE ammounts of volts. something radiculous like 1.8V or something.

Keep close eye on temperatures. If your ambient temp is high, your temps will be higher.

Read the guide, it's a good start but again, its a GENERAL guide and does not apply to every setup. Thats exactly why we're here NO QUESTION IS A STUPID QUESTION.

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if you have PCI-E you don't need to lock anything btw.
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Yes you do, it should be nominally set at 100MHz. However there are instances where this will limit how much you can overclock you're card. For nVidia cards that max recommended PCI-E bus you should take it to is 105MHz and for ATI cards 110MHz. I steer away from convention though to get the extra oomph out of my CPU and brought it up somewhere to the neighborhood of 113-115MHz.
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I built this system back in August. I do know how to reset the CMOS as well (I've had to do it before). Umm, lets see, my video card is PCI-E.

I'm using Arctic Silver 5 and right now I can tell you it runs about 27-29 C when its at an idle temp. I don't know what it is when its under load. The only CPU consuming thing I do on there is video capturing. I'm not gamer either so... I think my case temp is like 30 something C. I'm at work right now so I can't tell you the exact figures.

Like I say, I really don't plan to do anything extreme and experimental. I don't need the extra power that badly. But I would like to see how much I can get out of this puppy without killing something.
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If you want to find out what you're load temps are you can use ATI tool. Just open up the 3d renderer and it'll put a load on your card for you. You may not be able to overclock with that particular software but it does a pretty good job of gauging your temps for your GPU.
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