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Overclocking for a noob

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August 14, 2003 9:04:58 PM

Ok, I'm planning on building a P4 system for the first time, and the 2.4 seems to be my best choice after reading an article here on toms about using ddr500 to overclock it to 3GHz.

Basically I was wondering what kind of cooling u guys would say I needed to do this and also would the system be stable for long periods of time (i.e 24 hours).

Oh yeah and is this kind of overclocking as simple as adding a phat cooler and then bumping the FSB up in the BIOS?

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August 15, 2003 12:00:44 AM

Sometimes it can be yes. Though not allways.
The trick to sucessfull overclocking is:
A. Having the right hardware - using cheap components is guaranteed to cauze problems
B. Luck
C. The right software tools
D. Patience

Use a wide range of programs such as sandra, prime95, memtest86, games etc to thouroughly test your system out.
Increase the overclock in small steps, testing as you go.
Make notes of what works and what doesnt.

In your case more ram voltage may make the ram work better (i wouldnt go above 2.8v though)
More cpu voltage may make higher overclocks possible and stable, but increase thermal output.
A good cpu cooler is essential, as is good case coolign to disperse the heat.

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August 15, 2003 2:26:11 PM

u forgot
E. Lots of money :p 

Does anyone have any good links to tutorials? Also what are my chances of getting a 2.4Gb P4 (Northwood C) with some Corsair TwinX DDR500 up to 3GHz? Would I have to think about using Water/Compressor cooling or would I get away with a good Heatsink and Fan combined with say a Thermaltake Xaser III case (It has good cooling straight out of the box)?

Also I always wondered with all this extra voltage does it mean their is more running through the HD and Video Card? If so will it mean I'm gonna need HD coolers and custom video card fans? man... their is sooooooo much i need to know

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