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i want to overclock it but i have no idea where to start

i also want to no what would be the limits of the overclock speeds, is it harmful, and please just help me out

i want faster speeds because it seems that my 3.40 is getting slow for todays games and i just want to overclock so its faster

because i will be buying a better graphics card (possibly gtx580 or radeon 2gb 6950)

please help, thanks!
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post #2 of 27
There are great GUIDES posted in this forum, Read them and you'll know.
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I guess u have the 965 and that chip can reach 4ghz easy....but you need to upgrade that stock cpu cooler before u can go any further...for cheap there is the hyper 212+ or if you got some money...Noctua NH D-14

Check out the guide in my sig...i referenced a few overclocking guides in it along with the links to them...i can't remember them off hand.
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Originally Posted by amd-dude View Post
I guess u have the 965 and that chip can reach 4ghz easy....but you need to upgrade that stock cpu cooler before u can go any further...for cheap there is the hyper 212+ or if you got some money...Noctua NH D-14

Check out the guide in my sig...i referenced a few overclocking guides in it along with the links to them...i can't remember them off hand.

ok so i downloaded the guide for now and i guess i wanted to ask this
would u suggest getting a new cpu?
or just overclocking this one?

AND what do u think is the highest speed its capable of cause i see u have a 4.5? thats pretty solid.
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What do you use your chip mostly for? And which cpu exactly do you have...i can get 4.5ghz out of my dual core because it is a low power (80watt) processor with a big cpu cooler your chip most likely is a 125watt chip which is harder to cool...which means higher overclocks will be challenging...but i think with decent cooling u would get to 4ghz easy.
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post #6 of 27
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mostly? i mean just for games and internet surfing,

i dont think i use it for anything else besides downloads and the average crap someone does
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post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by amd-dude View Post
What do you use your chip mostly for? And which cpu exactly do you have...i can get 4.5ghz out of my dual core because it is a low power (80watt) processor with a big cpu cooler your chip most likely is a 125watt chip which is harder to cool...which means higher overclocks will be challenging...but i think with decent cooling u would get to 4ghz easy.

would the cpu being overclocked to 4.0 ghz atleast as a minimum be able to run most games nowadays fine then?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rawrjaay View Post
would the cpu being overclocked to 4.0 ghz atleast as a minimum be able to run most games nowadays fine then?
yes
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post #9 of 27
Can I ask you what GPU or Graphics card you have atm ?
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post #10 of 27
Is your processor a C2 965 or C3? If its a C3 you can probably get it to 4ghz, if its a C2, its pretty unlikely.
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