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Overclocking a Pentium D 945 cpu. Bad idea?

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August 30, 2010 4:12:14 AM

Hey, I'm looking to slightly overclock my PD 945 cpu. I know it's an old processor but I just wanted to try it out. I've never done any kind of overclocking before and I know I could really screw up my computer. I don't have any special heatsink on mine, just standard.

Here is my system spec

Pentium D 945 cpux2 at 3.4ghz
4 DDR2 Gigs, Samsung (2GB) and G Skill (2GB) Ram at 266MHz
Intel i945P/PL/G/GZ mobo
ATI Radeon 5670 512MB
Seagate 400GIG HD

So, would it be stupid to mess around and try to slightly overclock this cpu?
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August 30, 2010 5:29:40 AM

I personally wouldn't try overclocking a Pentium D on the stock cooler.
August 30, 2010 7:08:51 AM

if your dimms were matching, i'd maybe say go at it, but... At the frequency its already at you wont see any noticeable increase in performance anyway - if its for curiosity's sake, well remember what killed the cat? that generation is a hot sucker - get a 30 buck decent cooler if you decide to go at it.
Unless its your secondary, old computer to experiment on - i wouldn't.

If your dimms matched it would be less risky, because you'd have less a possibility to fry both CPU and dimms.