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want to overclock amd athlon 64x2 4600+

hello i have gone into my bios to try overclock my amd athlon 64 x2 but settings are locked have been searching all day for a different bios ,is there anyone that knows what i can do to get around this problem as i have already put the motherboard in aerocool tower adedd more fans and put a deepcool cpu cooler on then realised my overclocking was locked !!i know my motherboard is old but i just want it for a few of my fave games (skyrim and battlefield 3 ) and i just bought this motherboard second hand i previously had a pentium 4 haha! some one called muffin suggested i get a better motherboard than a pentium 4 but i think i got the wrong one muffin!!!!!it is a amd athlon 64 x2 4600+ bios phoenix award . i have had a gainward nvidia geforce 550 ti ,just want to go from 2.4 ghz to 2.7 ghz for fun! p.s as you can tell im definately a noob !
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  1. noobtrev said:
    hello i have gone into my bios to try overclock my amd athlon 64 x2 but settings are locked have been searching all day for a different bios ,is there anyone that knows what i can do to get around this problem as i have already put the motherboard in aerocool tower adedd more fans and put a deepcool cpu cooler on then realised my overclocking was locked !!i know my motherboard is old but i just want it for a few of my fave games (skyrim and battlefield 3 ) and i just bought this motherboard second hand i previously had a pentium 4 haha! some one called muffin suggested i get a better motherboard than a pentium 4 but i think i got the wrong one muffin!!!!!it is a amd athlon 64 x2 4600+ bios phoenix award . i have had a gainward nvidia geforce 550 ti ,just want to go from 2.4 ghz to 2.7 ghz for fun! p.s as you can tell im definately a noob !


    The only thing I can think of is you may have bought an OEM BD from a HP, Dell etc; they have a locked BIOS and will prevent you from OCn.
  2. just put a faster cpu in it get an athon quad or something in it
  3. jasont78 said:
    just put a faster cpu in it get an athon quad or something in it

    can i put an amd quad in the same motherboard ,just swap out the cpu ? :) or do i need to get another motherboard?
  4. arthurh said:
    The only thing I can think of is you may have bought an OEM BD from a HP, Dell etc; they have a locked BIOS and will prevent you from OCn.

    thought so thanks for letting me know :(
  5. If it was me, I only stated that oem's have locked bios that do not allow overclocking. But it could have been a different muffin :)
  6. amuffin said:
    If it was me, I only stated that oem's have locked bios that do not allow overclocking. But it could have been a different muffin :)

    hello amuffin! you did give me great advice about upgrading from pentium 4 to a better motherboard i just bought one that is locked to overclocking ,jason78 suggested putting in a quad cpu ?would that work in my amd motherboard i have now? will check in later gotta go to work....... :)
  7. Download cpu-z and let us know what it comes back for the mainboard
    It tells you motherboard and bios info there
    www.cpuid.com
  8. Download cpu-z and let us know what it comes back for the mainboard
    It tells you motherboard and bios info there
    www.cpuid.com
    http://valid.canardpc.com/cache/banner/2291258.png" class="img lazy">windsor poenix technologies 90 nm socket am2 (940) does that help this is all new to me !
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    windsor poenix technologies 90 nm socket am2 (940) does that help this is all new to me !


    Your on the right track.

    Open CPU-Z and click on the tab labeled Mainboard. It will tell us what M/BD you have have.

    Take a screen shot and post it. Thanks :)
  10. arthurh said:
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    windsor poenix technologies 90 nm socket am2 (940) does that help this is all new to me !


    Your on the right track.

    Open CPU-Z and click on the tab labeled Mainboard. It will tell us what M/BD you have have.

    Take a screen shot and post it. Thanks :)

    i dont know how to take a screen shot ?!!!!
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    i dont know how to take a screen shot ?!!!!


    What OP/SYS are you running?
  12. Best answer
    Clicking on the cpu z validation banner tells you the motherboard. It's an HP/Compac

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&docname=c01077676#N64

    It's been my experience that HP doesn't allow you to overclock, as you describe. I don't think you will find a BIOS that has been tested and is safe to use to allow you to overclock. The motherboard will accept ddr2 800 if you have some laying around, but I wouldn't sink any money into it, as it will only give you a slight bump. You can only go up to a 5600+ if you swap processors, so that isn't a significant upgrade either. Sorry, but if you need more oomph, save up your bucks and buy an H61 motherboard and a core i3 or pentium processor. You'd get an upgradable boost for 150 to 200 bucks, and would serve you well for many years to come. Your only other option is to find a good name brand am2 motherboard. You might find a deal thats worth the risk. The cheapest on Newegg that would work with what you have and is upgradable is this one, I think

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157204

    48 bucks with shipping. try some other sites for an am2 motherboard, you should be able to find some closeouts for 20 - 30 dollars. Try pricewatch
    http://www.pricewatch.com/motherboards/
    I see this one for 28
    http://www.ascendtech.us/foxconn-rs690m03-2-0a-8krts2h-ddr2-board_i_mb64rs690m03krt.aspx?agent=pricewatch

    I make no endorsement of this MB, or it's overclock ability. It's not am3 so its a dead end as far as upgrades go. You'll have to do a little research before picking a model. Good luck
  13. arthurh said:
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    i dont know how to take a screen shot ?!!!!


    What OP/SYS are you running?

    win 7
  14. noobtrev I have to apologize to you as JohnA hit it on the head. :??: His answer to you is correct and completely accurrate. His answer is the best as well. I completely forgot about the M/BD being displayed in your validation post.

    Good luck to you on what ever you decide. :sol:
  15. arthurh said:
    noobtrev I have to apologize to you as JohnA hit it on the head. :??: His answer to you is correct and completely accurrate. His answer is the best as well. I completely forgot about the M/BD being displayed in your validation post.

    Good luck to you on what ever you decide. :sol:

    thanks for helping :)
  16. Your quite welcome my friend. Sorry I didn't catch all your info thou. :??:
  17. Best answer selected by noobtrev.
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