overclocking intel core 2 duo 2.93 chip. Essential parts?

I am doing a cheap build with only used parts. What would be a good CPU cooler to look for? I am planning on overclocking the CPU and the RAM. Also I have 4 sticks of 1 GB each of 667 MHz RAM, how high do you think they can be overclocked? This is only a build that I can learn this type of stuff on (overclocking). Thanks.

I also know that there are threads upon threads about overclocking but where would I begin?
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  1. what motherboard is this on, if this is an oem built computer like hp you c nt overclock them, as far as ram you dont really want o overclock them since it causes issues and in most cases you c ant overclock them that much higher.

    even if its oem you can try setfsb and see if your motherboard is supported, it just enables you to raise the bclk/sfb which also raises the memory speeds.
  2. bios, i'm sure you can figure it out from there. basically cpu voltage and fsb is what your going to be changing. it's not hard.
  3. Just bought this from Ebay.


    hmm. If all I change is the cpu voltage and fsb how can I do that to RAM? again, I am not worried really about frying this build. I want to learn how to overclock on it.
  4. from experience i don't think your going to change the ram, just make sure its not overclocked that high, sometimes it scales properly, other times not, sometimes it doesn't even change and there is no divider. alsoi don't think you can overclock an intel motherboard, usually it won't allow you to. but basically those are the two things you are going to change. it depends what motheboard you have. btw, you seem to have the right idea of overclocking, so go for it if you can.
  5. Thanks. I was hoping to get some experience overclocking this cheap build then trying to overclock my other PC that I just recently built without worrying about making it a brick.

    So if I can overclock I would go into bios and up the CPU voltage and fsb voltage?
  6. But yeah, that sucks. If I can't overclock the pc it really wasn't worth me buying parts for...
  7. yeah, basically that's all you have to change. make sure there is no ram divider and check if it's overclocked with the cpu, most times you don't have to change it. if it dose have a divider then change the speeds accordingly so that it doesn't get overclocked too high. and yeah, not worth trying to buy parts for if you can't overclock.
  8. Well. Doesn't hurt to try to overclock...even if it is just a small gain.
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    To overclock your cpu you gotta learn how the core speed of your cpu works
    The basic overclock:-
    The core speed of your cpu is =
    Front Side Bus x Multiplier Ratio
    So lets say Your cpu is clocked at 2.8ghz
    And your front side bus is 100
    That would make
    100(F.S.B) x 28=2800 Mhz(2.8ghz)

    So basically for starters we will learn how to overclock by raising the multiplier only
    So basically You keep on raising the multiplier by .5
    Then boot and use a stress testing program called Prime95 or AIDA or intelburntest.You check your temperature using any of the free softwares out there like hwmonitor and make sure you keep under the maximum temperature stated by the manufacter(intel in your case) for your cpu.I'm talking about your cpu's temperature.

    After increasing a few multipliers you'll notice you can't boot into windows,That's because your cpu is not getting enough *Core Voltage* to run that multiplier,Oh one thing I forgot to mention is that you need to find the default CORE VOLTAGE for your cpu and set it too that,when you can't raise the multiplier anymore and your temperatures are still well within the safe limit you increase the voltage ONE INCREAMENT at a time.Do not increase by more than one increament at a time.Try to see if you can access windows with the boosted voltage.Then stress test again,Now you gotta find the maximum core voltage on your cpu by looking on intel's site.And make sure you stay within the safe temperature limit and voltage limit as stated by the manufactor.Now there are some cases where you're cpu is locked and cannot raise its

    That's where Front Side Bus comes in hand,If you remember the formula I gave you its F.S.Bx Multiplier=Core Speed so by raising the Front side bus you raise the total core speed.Although the thing with F.S.B though is it increases most of your components speed on your motherboard,You may think that's great easy overclocking.But you are wrong,as let's say your cpu is well within its overclocking limit but if you keep on raising your F.S.B your RAM or your Northbridge(more advanced stuff) may reach its limit,This will cause stability issue causing you to get Blue screen of death.So yeah this is 101 on overclocking for newbies

    P.S-Make sure to keep an eye on the temperature of your motherboard and it's VRM as most of the cheap motherboards cannot handle the overclocking the cpu can take and will most like fry if not taken into deep consideration.And you'll notice with your stock intel cooler you will only be able to get around 100-300 mhz overclock whereas if you had an aftermarket cooling you would be overclock much higher due to having a much much better temperature.
  10. thanks for the reply. A lot of info but I will follow these steps when I try to overclock. Thanks.
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