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Hello everyone! New to OC'ing and getting ready to OC my system. I would love to know how far I can go OC'ing my prossesor. I would also like to OC my Video Card ( if ) and also maybe some good tips on how to. I now know how to OC my prossesor, just not my video card. Also if I need more cooling fans, liquid etc. I have 1 fan on the side cover 1 in back and of course 1 on the prossesor with a air tube. I hope this info helps, and hope to see how far I can take my system . Thanks in advance everyone.
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Welcome to the forum! Check out the FAQs for general overclocking information... Try doing a search for your hardware putting overclock after it and see what turns up.
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Thanks =) I will do that then. I was just seeing if anyone could look at my specs before I do this and tell me what I need (Fans etc) and how far I can OC my prossesor in safe limits. Thanks again!
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Well, a new PSU for starters, that 305w one won't get you anywhere, decent ones start at about 60 bux.. Then eventually your motherboard, that chipset (915G Grantsdale) isn't the best OCer on the block..

But, for your rig now, I would say around 3.3GHz if you keep the cpu temp below 65c load.
    
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Many thanks wowza that helps alot. Now what kind of mobo am I looking at? With a better chipset that will handle some high oc'ing? I would think that you want me to keep my prossesor lol.
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If I were you I'd start out with a new HSF. I'm using a Hyper48 but look around and see what works best for your processor and budget. Your PSU probably could use an upgrade but it's not really needed at this point.
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post #7 of 17
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Thanks Ty Auchter I knew a new cooling system was a must I have some heatsink compound around here somewhere lol . so what about the new mobo whats a good one for my prossesor /w a good chipset?
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Ok as you know I'm new and understand overclocking. a few people on this thread have suggested a new mobo, I'm looking in to that. The problem is the mobo I have now I don't think I can OC it. I have went into the bios and found nothing I could change like bus speed ect..And trying to find my video card was not found either. So I'am kinda wondering what I need to do, like manual switch cmos on the board? or can I still go through the bios and do this? Thanks in advance for any help.
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post #9 of 17
The ASUS P5WD2 series is a good OC board, seems favored by more than a few people.....If you got the cash, get the E-Premium, good future proofing ability.

The P5LD2 is another good one I have heard many people get good results there as well,

You need a upgraded HSF at least, something copper based. 2 case fans and a Heat sink likely will not cut it.

With upgraded cooling, a new PSU is likely......but depends on what you can afford. After all, a new PSU (at least 400w I would say) won't do you any good without a new mobo and fans to cool it. You might get a new mobo and HSF and then see if your PSU limits you....if it does, you can look into replacing it later, if not, then you don't have an issue.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Spookiepants
Ok as you know I'm new and understand overclocking. a few people on this thread have suggested a new mobo, I'm looking in to that. The problem is the mobo I have now I don't think I can OC it. I have went into the bios and found nothing I could change like bus speed ect..And trying to find my video card was not found either. So I'am kinda wondering what I need to do, like manual switch cmos on the board? or can I still go through the bios and do this? Thanks in advance for any help.
to overclock you videocard you will wanna download a program called ATITOOL, it will allow you to OC you graphics card through windows....
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