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I've spent quite a bit of time doodling with the idea that I could overclock, but I've never had the balls (or the money to build a system). So I took my first dive a couple of weeks ago and I think I'm doing okay. There are still many things I'm uncertain of, but I'm eager to learn more from the huge community here.

More or less for my own sake, here's my current configuration which is a mash up of parts from an old HP and new parts that I had to purchase after the motherboard in that system died after only 2 years.

CPU: Intel Core2Duo E2180 (HP)
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper Tx3 (Salvaged from an old build)
RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) 800MHz PC26400 GeIL (Recently New)
GPU: Zotac nVidia 7300 SE / 7200GS (Recently New)
MOBO: Gigabyte EP43-UD3L (New)
PSU: 500W Thermaltake TR2 (New)
Case: Antec 300 Illusion (New)

By no means is it an awesome rig, but we don't have a lot of money, so when the old HP's motherboard died, I purchased the Gigabyte after doing quite a bit of reading, and picked it up for about $75. My plan was to put it into the old HP case, but it was way too small. So I bought the Antec 300 Illusion for about $70 because, honestly, it was the sexiest looking case for the money, and I'm on a zero budget.
After that, I found out that the old power supply wouldn't reach inside the Antec case, so off I go back to the Egg to get a new PSU, and viola! The Thermaltake TR2 appeared at my door a few days later for around $35. Now everything was finally together and the system has been up and running at stock speeds and timings for almost 6 months, and I'm getting more adventurous. So I have begun overclocking and this is what has brought me here today!
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E2180 OC'd @ 3.2 GHz Gigabyte EP43-UD3L nVidia 7300 SE/7200 GS 8 GB GeIL 800 MHz DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB Western Digital Caviar Green x4 Sony DVD Combo OS X 10.6.6 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 10.04 / Fedora 14 20" Apple Cinema Display 1680x1050 
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Apple Wired Aluminum Keyboard 500W Thermaltake TR2 Antec 300 Illusion Apple Magic Mouse 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB Western Digital Caviar Green x4 Sony DVD Combo OS X 10.6.6 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 10.04 / Fedora 14 20" Apple Cinema Display 1680x1050 
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Apple Wired Aluminum Keyboard 500W Thermaltake TR2 Antec 300 Illusion Apple Magic Mouse 
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Welcome to OCN, please enjoy your stay

Don't overclock what you can't afford to lose, but as long as you take it step by step you'll be fine.
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Hi Jkaboo4,

So what overclocking have you done? CPU? RAM? GPU? Or haven't you got that far yet? I'd suggest before you do anything, learn your BIOS, if you're not sure of what each thing does you have to research it.

Different BIOS's (as you may know) have different names for the same things! So I'd check those out first!

Um, if there are any actual questions, fire away!

I noticed literally no question marks in your post haha! So what's up ?
    
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Corsair Force 3 SSD Crucial MX100 SSD Toshiba 2.5" 32mb cache Corsair H60 Push/Pull Scythe GT's 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional UE55KS7000 10-bit 4K TV Razer Turret Corsair AX750 
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Corsair Force 3 SSD Crucial MX100 SSD Toshiba 2.5" 32mb cache Corsair H60 Push/Pull Scythe GT's 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional UE55KS7000 10-bit 4K TV Razer Turret Corsair AX750 
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Welcome to OCN, the best place.on the net. For what it is your rig is decent and having little budget makes a difference.you have.done well.

If you have any questions you are at tje right place and don't think your question is dumb. A question is a question and thus needs an answer.

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3770k @ 4.5 1.312 load Zotac Z77 ITX Wifi GTX 1070 Gaming 2126/2249 w/ Hybrid cooler TridentX 16GB 2400MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Seagate 2TB H105 EVGA Hybrid GPU cooler 
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Bitfelix Prodigy Logitech G400 Razer Goliath AKG A701 
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JDS Labs Objective 2 JDS Labs ODAC 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 750 3.99 (190x21) 1.376v Load ASUS P7P55d-E Pro GTX 670 FTW <- Poor overclocker :( 8GB (4x2GB) G.Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 Evo 128GB 2x 2TB  Some DVD drive OSX 10.10.4 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 1080P Crap TX 750 HAF 922 G400s 
Mouse PadOther
Apple Keyboard Xbox One controler 
CPURAMHard DriveHard Drive
C2D 2,26GHz under volted @ .978v 8GB  Crucial M4 64GB SSD 500GB Scorpio Black 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3770k @ 4.5 1.312 load Zotac Z77 ITX Wifi GTX 1070 Gaming 2126/2249 w/ Hybrid cooler TridentX 16GB 2400MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Seagate 2TB H105 EVGA Hybrid GPU cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Asus MG279Q - 24" 144Hz 1080p Filco Majestic II w/ Cherry Reds Seasonic X 760W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Bitfelix Prodigy Logitech G400 Razer Goliath AKG A701 
AudioAudio
JDS Labs Objective 2 JDS Labs ODAC 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 750 3.99 (190x21) 1.376v Load ASUS P7P55d-E Pro GTX 670 FTW <- Poor overclocker :( 8GB (4x2GB) G.Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 Evo 128GB 2x 2TB  Some DVD drive OSX 10.10.4 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 1080P Crap TX 750 HAF 922 G400s 
Mouse PadOther
Apple Keyboard Xbox One controler 
CPURAMHard DriveHard Drive
C2D 2,26GHz under volted @ .978v 8GB  Crucial M4 64GB SSD 500GB Scorpio Black 
OSMonitorKeyboardMouse
OS X 10.0 1280x800 Built-in Trackpad 
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welcome to OCN!
   
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core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
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fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
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Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
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Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
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fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
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Hi and Welcome to OCN!
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