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Beginners Guide to Overclocking

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Jokester, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. archerz


    Joined: Aug 26, 2012

    Posts: 641

    great guide, just got my i5 and thinking about overclocking it!
  2. franribill


    Joined: Mar 14, 2013

    Posts: 26

  3. jimtreacy


    Joined: Mar 26, 2013

    Posts: 4

    Location: Preston

    Very informative thread, is it possible to like certain threads like they do on the social networks?
  4. hakank68

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 13, 2012

    Posts: 1,091

    Location: Welling

    will definetly be reading this before i overclock, thanks :D
  5. gmengg


    Joined: Jul 4, 2013

    Posts: 10

    Nice post. Its really helpful to beginners.
  6. pr0c3ss


    Joined: Jun 29, 2013

    Posts: 10

    nooby question seeks answer!

    My rig has been clocked from 4 to 4.5ghz. Running a benchmark at 4ghz, I get decent scores. If I run the same benchmark, but at 4.5ghz I get a much lower score. The scenes seem to fly by so fast that the gc can't keep up.

    I'm running a fx8350 - 8 core with a HD7970 ghz ed (slightly ocd) and 16gb kingston clocked at 2133.

    Is this a case of the gc simply not being able to keep up?
  7. pr0c3ss


    Joined: Jun 29, 2013

    Posts: 10

    came accross a similar problem here, so will tyry take some advice from it

    any further advice greatly appreciated
  8. Makhaira


    Joined: Nov 23, 2007

    Posts: 4,793

    Location: Lancashire, UK

    Going to make the jump to Haswell soon - overclocking that seems to be about as different to 775 overclocks as it could possibly be - am I best relearning all I know from scratch? Been reading up on the net on various guides and it seems a damn site more complicated than it used to be! I'll be going for either a 4670k or 4770k.
  9. izzop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 2,232

    Location: Wiltshire

    Is Windows Re-Install Required?


    The above is taken from the guide posted by Jokester.

    So my question is, do you have to re-install Windows if overclocking your CPU?

    Or is it one of those, sometimes you do, sometimes you don't and it's not until you try it that you find out?

    Thanks & Regards
  10. Jokester


    Joined: Aug 7, 2003

    Posts: 38,417

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    No you don't, but it's entirely possible to corrupt an existing Windows installation when overclocking, so make sure you have backed up anything important.
  11. izzop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2009

    Posts: 2,232

    Location: Wiltshire

    Jokester, thanks for the reply and information.

  12. foster grant


    Joined: May 10, 2012

    Posts: 5,627

    Location: North London

    I know that I'm going to sound a complete idiot , but even after reading/understanding ( or trying to ) the different information thats contained on this thread.......It all seems a bit too complicated for me...I'm having trouble getting my head round it all together

    And I dont want to OC using software I would want to do it via the BIOS as that seems to be the better or more reliable option ...and I dont even know if the Ram @1600 would be up for it anyway

    sorry :(
  13. CharlieRich


    Joined: Nov 3, 2013

    Posts: 320

    Location: Surrey

    This guide really helped on my first adventure into the vast world of overclocking! Thanks for putting all this great info together :)
  14. krnsniper


    Joined: Aug 23, 2013

    Posts: 260

    How much overclocking can I do with Intels stock cooler?
  15. nniitt


    Joined: Oct 1, 2013

    Posts: 362

    thanks for this nice explanation
  16. EdwardHaigh


    Joined: Jan 28, 2014

    Posts: 7

    Nice guide! But has it been super-seeded? 8 years is a very long time in the computing world!
  17. pprest123


    Joined: Apr 18, 2011

    Posts: 438

    Location: UK

    Anyone having issues running OCCT? With it open, it's causing my bus speed to fluctuate and jump around and stops when I close it :S
  18. Will16valver


    Joined: Oct 5, 2012

    Posts: 50

    thanks for the guide, should be very useful in the near future
  19. CleverBalls


    Joined: Aug 16, 2012

    Posts: 224

    Awesome thread!
  20. MarkyG83


    Joined: Nov 15, 2008

    Posts: 26

    Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

    Love this. Handy for me, only ever overclocked by using XML profiles for ram setups. Will give this a go when the transfer of my system takes place