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Setting The Clock Speed

Building Your Own PC, Part 1: Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers
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There is no automatic software configuration on older boards. That's why it can't hurt to know the three principles of manual configuration. By the same token, overclockers will be more likely to make settings by hand. Here are the different ways to set clock speed:

Obsolete: using jumpers, the frequency table is right next to the jumper block.

Multiplier table for older models.

Occasionally found: setting by DIP switch.

Modern: convenient configuration in BIOS.

Determining which of the three methods applies to you will depend on your motherboard. While the general tendency seems to favor BIOS, you'll still come across a DIP switch block now and again. The jumper method, on the other hand, is entirely obsolete.

Intel and AMD officially abolished the variable multiplier for their processors some time ago. They wanted to prevent people from overclocking, say, 1300 MHz models to 1500 MHz. That kind of overclocking would boost performance significantly without costing a dime. For the tinkerers among us, all that's left for us when trying to eke more performance out of a processor is a gentle increase of the FSB. All the same, there are a few tricks for removing the fixed multiplier, at least for AMD processors. More information on this can be found in the article, Plastic Surgery: Releasing The Athlon XP To Hit 2000+ . As the motherboard manufacturers are aware of this, they attract more buyers by offering what is, in fact, a superfluous multiplier. The BIOS screenshot shows this clearly.

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    Anonymous , September 20, 2008 7:55 PM
    thanks,i hope my mum approves of my £700+ setup that i want lol ;) 
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    Marco925 , May 6, 2010 3:44 PM
    So Different compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:36 PM
    y is this so hard
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:38 PM
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:43 PM
    This is is so similar compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:45 AM
    This is a pretty in depth guide on how to build a computer. I found How to Build a Computer pretty useful too.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:46 AM
    How to Build a Computer is a pretty good guide too.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2011 12:57 AM
    My son and his friend bought the components for a gaming pc. They had XP to put on the computer but it wont load. It has Linux on it. I don't know much about this sort of thing but could it be bc the XP is already been loaded on another computer? If I can find one of our op systems software that has an extra load on it will it load on the gaming pc with no problems? Just want to be sure in case I have to drop the money for the operating system.
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    joeman99 , January 30, 2012 7:05 AM
    I always use this manual when building PCs, I never touch or buy any computer without it http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-build-computer.html