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First time Overclocking, Athlon II X4 640

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November 14, 2011 3:15:16 AM

Hello guys, I really want to overclock my Athlon 640 to get better performance while gaming.
I have never overclocked before so basically clueless at these sort of things.

I wanna ask a few questions beforehand to determine the best way to do this.

1-Basically I only need my CPU to be overclocked while gaming in certain CPU heavy games like
ARMA and Total War series. I'm perfectly fine with the performance otherwise, like in other games
or while surfing the net or watching movies.

I really wish the CPU to be overclocked occasionally, in order to preserve its lifespan
what would be the best way to do this?? through BIOS or using software like AMD Overdrive,
is it possible to switch OC on and off in overdrive??

2-Secondly there are certain games I play that are not multi-core supported, such as older
Total War titles, so I get really really bad performance while playing those titles as they
only use 1 core of my quad core CPU. Is it possible to have the frequency of 1 core higher
while the others remain lower?? so only increase the core which is being utilized by the game,
is something like this possible??

3-Thirdly I am still using the fan that came with the CPU, is it alright using that while OC'ing??
do I need to buy another one?? if so which one?? I live in Australia so its gonna get pretty hot during
the summer.

Thank you very much for helping me, I really appreciate it!!!
November 14, 2011 7:27:53 AM

ANYONE??
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November 14, 2011 10:55:53 AM

can anyone answer my questions??
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November 14, 2011 11:07:13 PM

hello??
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November 15, 2011 4:38:58 AM

anyone??
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November 15, 2011 11:09:54 AM

need help!!!
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November 15, 2011 1:02:08 PM

is everyone on this forum dead??
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November 15, 2011 10:57:44 PM

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November 16, 2011 8:45:39 AM

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November 16, 2011 9:22:23 AM

sapped said:
Hello guys, I really want to overclock my Athlon 640 to get better performance while gaming.
I have never overclocked before so basically clueless at these sort of things.

I wanna ask a few questions beforehand to determine the best way to do this.

1-Basically I only need my CPU to be overclocked while gaming in certain CPU heavy games like
ARMA and Total War series. I'm perfectly fine with the performance otherwise, like in other games
or while surfing the net or watching movies.

I really wish the CPU to be overclocked occasionally, in order to preserve its lifespan
what would be the best way to do this?? through BIOS or using software like AMD Overdrive,
is it possible to switch OC on and off in overdrive??

2-Secondly there are certain games I play that are not multi-core supported, such as older
Total War titles, so I get really really bad performance while playing those titles as they
only use 1 core of my quad core CPU. Is it possible to have the frequency of 1 core higher
while the others remain lower?? so only increase the core which is being utilized by the game,
is something like this possible??

3-Thirdly I am still using the fan that came with the CPU, is it alright using that while OC'ing??
do I need to buy another one?? if so which one?? I live in Australia so its gonna get pretty hot during
the summer.

Thank you very much for helping me, I really appreciate it!!!


What Motherboard, GPU and PSU do you have?

Your CPU doesn't have an unlocked Multiplier so You wont be able to overclock a single core

Yes you will need an aftermarket CPU Cooler
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