Can i overclock to fight cpu bottlenek

hi guys i need some advise on overclocking below metioned is my rig

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (5-6-6-18)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. G41M-Combo (Socket 775)
BenQ E2200HD (1920x1080@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Hard Drives
Optical Drives
SRS Audio Sandbox (WDM)

i am currently playing Resident Evil 5 and metro2033 but the performance drops drastically if i play them at high res. i know my cpu isnt the best but is there a way i can safely opverclok it to get a better gaming performance also the graphic card gts450 works fairly well at medium settings but can i overclock it to get mid-high settings
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  1. Overclocking the CPU will give you good results and overclocking the GPU will give you a few more FPS but nothing amazing. You need to read some guides and ask more specific questions if you want info on how. Buy a good cooler before you overclock the CPU.
  2. Tes you will be able to Overclock that CPU, You need a better coler than the stock intel cooler, Cheap good one for your setup is a Artic cooler freezer 7 pro, with that you should get 3.6/3.8Ghz.

    your Gpu ( GTS450) is also underpowered for Metro..Check out this bench and see where metro comes in on your GPU, remember they have a i7 overclocked on this test.

    OC the CPU and OC the GPU but in Metro don't expect a major difference, its a tough game on High res!
  3. Forgot to mention, the 450 is underpowered on your 1920x1080 screen, minimum really is gt560/HD6870 on that size screen! then you get into CPU bottleneck as well, but E7500 @ 3.8GHZ is no slouch, its what is in my wifes PC, and that games well!
  4. I agree with everything moricon said except the Arctic cooler 7 thing is rubbish it cools better than the stock cooler and is very quiet but its cooling is terrible compared to the competition. Get a Coolmaster Hyper 212+ or even the TX3 is alot better than the Arctic one.
  5. hi guys, thanks for ur suggestions. i am currently going through a few overclocking guides so it will take me some time to figure out the best overclcok for my cpu but in the mean time about the cou coolers i did a bit of research and found out the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Plus Cpu Cooler is a good deal and a decent cooler pls tell me if this is a good choice and should i upgrade my motherboard as well or ill it be better to go for a faster and better processor instead ...
  6. The TX3 is not as good as the 212+ but is good for dual core CPUs like yours, I would still recommend the 212+ if it fits in your case but the TX3 is enough. I would only upgrade your CPU or motherboard if you are going to spend alot and get a sandy bridge i3 or i5 and new DDR3 RAM.
  7. thnx Simon12 for your suggestion. my case can definitely accomodate big cooler so will get the 212+ also not looking to spend much on pc currently so will stick to current set up however i might upgrade to sandybridge i5 and another gts 450 for sli for better performance in a few months..
  8. Good choice.
  9. simon12 said:
    ... the Arctic cooler 7 thing is rubbish it cools better than the stock cooler and is very quiet but its cooling is terrible compared to the competition.

    It's not rubbish. Until the 212+ arrived on the market, the ACF7P was one of the best economy coolers around. It has enough cooling capacity to keep a Q6600 running Prime95 operating inside its thermal envelope at 3.3 GHz.

    I happen to have an E7500 in a Gigabyte EP35-DS3P running at 4.1 GHz.

    Some comments: the G41 makes a great inexpensive system. What will limit your overclock is the FSB limitation of the G41. Out of 4 samples, I have never seen one run past about 360 MHz. Mine hits a brick wall at 352 MHz. 352 works, 353 doesn't. OTOH 352 X 11 is 3.8 GHz.

    It runs cool enough that, in all likelihood, the ACF7P will be more than adequate. I have one of those also. It's cooling an E6500 in my G41-ES2L. That CPU chip will also run past 4 GHz in the P35 board. It is running at 3.66 GHz (333 X 11). It is doing mostly office apps and internet stuff so I do not need the speed. With both cores loaded with Prime95, load temps are 50 - 55 C with the ACF7P.

    This should be your first stop.
    Core2 Overclocking Guide

    Shadow's Gigabyte motherboard OC guide:
    It's for an EP35-DS3L but all the Gigabyte Core2 BIOS's are similar.

    Go through the guides. Then take your core voltage off Auto and set your memory voltage to factory recommended values. Change the System Memory Multiplier (or whatever your BIOS calls it) from AUTO to 2.00 - or the lowest value available. Then when you increase the FSB, the memory clock will rise in in proportion with it. At an FSB of 266 MHz, your memory clock should be at 533 MHz.

    You will achieve only minimal performance gains trying to overclock the memory, so don't bother. It is not worth the trouble or the increased instability in a Core2 system.
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