yes thanks, so it is possible, and no i don't have an OEM system, built it from scratch....
before you replied i found a great website explaining with visual detail on how to overclock in the bios... but my motherboard (being an Asrock penryn 1600-110-SLI), it has an overclock tuner... do you think it would be safer overclocking in the bios or with this program?
then overclocking in the bios it will be...! i'll take your experienced word for it! thank you!
i am however buying an additional cpu cooling system, that will be done before any overclocking will be done.... many people overclocked with no additional cooling, and threw their money down the drain!
a mistake i will not make...
thank you again "punkinator".... you stopped me from making a huge mistake...!!!
It is possible to overclock without an aftermarket HSF however your CPU temperatures will get to bas levels with not much of an overclock. As long as you watch your temperature when overclocking which you should always do it is fine.
While your new cooler is on the way you could try out some small overclocking without changing the voltage just to get a hang of it.
Just up the FSB a little and then stress the CPU and check the temperatures. With small overclocks stability shouldn't be a problem even without an overvolt. Just have a bit of a read on stability testing to get an idea.
Ok glad your happy. Make sure you know how to reset your CMOS for when your really going for some serious OCing since if the voltage isn't high enough then the computer will BSOD on starup, you will need to get used to doing this as you will be doing it alot.