Bring The Best Out Of Your PC

By: Kaybrener
So you have not allow yourself to spend too much money on your latest gadget acquisition. You have a decent computer but you just wished you had those extra bucks to afford something more competitive. Do not let yourself down! There are solution to make your machine run as faster as more expensive models; the only thing you need to do is to know how to fire up the engine and run it at turbo speed. How? You ask. We will show right away the secrets of overclocking your computer CPU and graphic card.

Bearing that in mind, realize then that you don't need to break the bank, shelling out thousands for a new gaming box, as one can often achieve the same results of a newly assembled gaming PC simply by overclocking your existing CPU and graphics chip, and the price is certainly right: free! Before you decide on upgrading your existing processor or graphics chip, try bumping up the clock speed to see if you can squeeze a little more juice out of your current hardware; you may be very happy with the results and end up saving a pretty penny.

Overclocking: First Steps

Before you get down to business, know this one thing: overclocking your devices may lead to the loss of warranty, as computer components producers do not enjoy too much people that play with their products. Any piece of your computer has some factory presets that usually must remain the same, for the sake of warranty, but we will teach you how to do it, without raising any question marks over your actions. You will also gain a little more control over your computer performances, which is nothing something to throw to the trashcan.

Any increase in speed of the CPU has as an immediate result an increase in temperature that it will produce. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep an eye on your CPU temperature when overclocking it. Extra heat dispersers, a more powerful CPU fan, and case fans will keep your computer temperature low, making overclocking safe and without any problems.

Easy Step To Overclocking - CPU's Frequency Multiplier

There are basically two methods for overclocking your box: stepping-up your PC's FSB-front side bus-frequency, or increasing your CPU's multiplier to achieve the same results. Altering your CPU's multiplier can be done without even opening up your PC's case; however, most modern CPUs have their multipliers locked. If your CPU's multiplier can be changed, you'll need to go into the BIOS to find and crank up this setting. This is how your CPU's multiplier works: say your FSB is clocked at 200 MHz, the multiplier at 10; your CPU is now clocked at 2.0 GHz, as 200 x 10 is 2000; upping the multiplier to 12 will then set your CPU at 2.4 GHz. This process usually takes a little trial and error to achieve desired satisfaction and stability.

The Other Step to Overclocking - FSB

When the multiplier is locked and you cannot do anything to change it, another method is to push the bus over its threshold, established by the producers. This way of overclocking is even more appreciated than the multiplier one, as it works as a booster for the CPU speed clock, but also allows data transfers to be made at a faster pace between the CPU and the computer memory.

Always exercise caution when calibrating your FSB's clock speed: crashes usually ensue when first tweaking out your FSB, so you may need to experiment with memory and voltage settings in your PC's BIOS to stabilize your system.

Overclocking your PC is a great way to squeeze every bit of performance out of your CPU; after all, you paid for it; why not get what you paid for?
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