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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joehandy, Apr 27, 2004.

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  1. joehandy

    joehandy Thread Starter

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    hello guys (and gals!)!
    ok...i'm ready to try it...but i'm SO scared...i'm talking about overclocking...i was also wondering if you guys could kinda guide me as i am a TOTAL overclocking newbie...here are my system specs:
    asus A7N8X motherboard
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton processor
    3 sticks of samsung 512MG PC3200 memory
    2 80 gig hard drives (one maxtor, the other western digital, both 7200rpm)
    geforce fx 5700 ultra video card
    soundblaster audigy 2zs pro
    windows xp pro service pack one

    what should i do first, and, how do i do it?

    any assistance will be greatly appreciated...
    thanks guys!
    joey
     
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  3. joehandy

    joehandy Thread Starter

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    thank you dannyboy!
     
  4. sputnik

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    Just make sure you read up on it alot first. And when you do start meddling with it only do so little by little. If you check these forums and go to the newbie section you should find some good guidlines: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/

    Just a basic guide you will need to increase your fsb little be little. Once you increase it by two or more units you then restart your computer and see if it runs stable. How far you go is up to you. THe further you push it the more unstable it gets. You can counter the de-stabilisation by increasing the cpu voltage, this however is where overclocking get's risky (especially for beginners), as increasing the voltage increases the temp and that's when hardware starts malfunctioning or goes up in smoke! A note, each time you increase the fsb also check the temperature in bios, ideally you should keep the temp under 40c and should start worrying when it goes over 60c.

    good luck
     
  5. joehandy

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    thank you sputnik for the advice...i think i'm gonna go to "fiddle around" with it a little bit...
     
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