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    Any Overclocking help for a noob?

    Hey,
    I've got a (fairly) new system and wanted to ask a few questions before I do anything.

    1. How risky it it? I know alot of people do it but I'm really not sure if its worth invalidating my warranty.

    2. How do I safely overclock? By that I mean whats a good place to limit it to avoid damage and is there any programs that would be better then the software from my mobo?

    3. What more do I need? At the moment I have a fairly in-adequate cooling set up and PSU. What kind of things would be good?

    Here are my sytem specs:

    Athlon 3500+
    Geforce 6800GT
    Abit AV8 3rd Eye
    160 GB HDD
    1 GB Geil value
    360W PSU (MUST upgrade)
    Chieftec Dragon (Wouldn't mind a Wavemaster if it helps with cooling )
    1 fan cooling the HDD.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    Doesnt the Abit provide simple overclocking options? Via the 3rd eye?

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    Yeah, it's also got some uGuru program for overclocking.

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    if it's like my KV8 Pro it probably runs slightly overclocked (204fsb) straight out of the box
    uGuru is more than adequate for basic overclocking.

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    just remember to go up in small increaments like 5-10mhz and for overclocking the gfx do a google search for coolbits, then you can do it in your graphics card options, same small increaments apply here too, though there is an auto-overclocker that tests it for you

    http://www.guru3d.com/ have good guides for gfx cards and should have coolbits or a link to it

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    if you're a n00b, do NOT overclock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcb
    if you're a n00b, do NOT overclock.
    forgive me for being flippant, but how are you gonna learn if you never try?

    i dont mean to be rude, just that a little overclocking is usually ok as long as you accept the inherant risks, i tend only to do it if i need it, but some just do it for fun yeah you might break something, but nothing risked nothing gained. although some may say with a rig like that theres no need!

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    • noveltylamp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus V Gene
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i5 3570K
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Corsair DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 128GB SSD/1TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia Geforce GTX 670 2GB
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    If you are going to overclock sort your cooling out first. But anyway, it's worth it if you can get a 20% overclock at least.

    With inadequate cooling you'd probably only get an extra 10% and a lot more heat. Which just isn't worth it.

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