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New to overclocking..

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October 15, 2012 10:25:49 PM

I am a complete noob to overclocking.
I am currently playing a game called Aion and whenever Im at crowded cities I slow down alot :( 

Here are my specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: OptiPlex GX620
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 1462MB used, 2629MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x68E1)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)

To be honest I really dont know what overclocking does lol, I just want my game to be performed normally if possible, so if anyone can help, I appreciate it :) 

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October 15, 2012 11:32:58 PM

overclocking is making a particular component, usually your CPU or GPU, run faster than normal, i.e. making your Pentium run at 3.6 instead of 3.4

honestly you're probably better off upgrading your computer
October 16, 2012 12:16:04 AM

okay I see, what should I upgrade then?
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October 16, 2012 12:35:46 AM

Well, nothing good that could be plugged into your existing hardware.

Pretty much build a new entry level rig from scratch.

A Phenom II X4 or Core I5 would be a good starting point. A 1.5GB GTX480 can be had for about $200 new with warranty. Ram is dirt cheap, 8gb of DDR3 1600mhz would be plenty for your needs.

What kind of budget do you have to work with? What type of games do you like to play, resolution, and settings?
October 16, 2012 1:35:16 AM

shuffman37 said:
A 1.5GB GTX480 can be had for about $200 new with warranty.

A 480 is cheap to get but expensive to keep. If building a new computer, i would with something newer, not a 2 gen old card but it'll depend on the OP's budget.