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Trying to max out my PC without getting a new MoBo or PS. Help!

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July 12, 2012 10:02:38 PM

Hello,

I trying to max out my PC's hardware and then OC it. Before I go buying hardware, I would like some advice from guys and gals that have done this before. Here is where I'm at now:

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3A78/#ove...

RAM, 8 GB - DDR2 , PC-2 6400 (400MHz)

AMD Athlon 64 2X 6000+

NVIDIA GeForce 450 GTS

I do know there is an upgraded heatsink in my future, beyond that I'm naive to the concept of OC'ing.

Thanks in advance!

JR

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a c 125 K Overclocking
July 12, 2012 10:48:03 PM

Exactly what aspect of your performance are you trying to improve?

If it is fps for gaming, upgrade the graphics card.

If it is for a cpu bound multithreaded app like rendering, replace the cpu.

If you just want general quicknedd, buy a SSD for the os and some apps.
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July 12, 2012 11:33:34 PM

geofelt said:
Exactly what aspect of your performance are you trying to improve?

If it is fps for gaming, upgrade the graphics card.

If it is for a cpu bound multithreaded app like rendering, replace the cpu.

If you just want general quicknedd, buy a SSD for the os and some apps.


Well that’s the thing… I’m not trying to accomplish any one particular thing. My goal is to max out and then OC my PC for no better reason than to learn how to do it. So far I have watched a lot of videos and read a lot of forums, now I want to actually start working on the hardware. Due to a severe lack of disposal income, I need to do this without destroying my stuff. I’m not looking for detailed schematics, just some pointers so I don’t go down the old trial and error road. :) 
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a c 125 K Overclocking
July 13, 2012 2:08:14 AM

Well, if you are trying not to accomplish anything, then I am sure you will be able to achieve that.

If you want to learn how the various components relate to each other, try limiting them to see the effect.

Take out a stick of ram and see what happens.

Limit the cpu to 50% and see what happens.

Underclock the graphics card and see what happens.

You will then get a better idea of what is important without risking permanent damage to your parts.
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