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What speed should i overclock to??

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funkpc

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Ok i have a AMD Duron 600 with a 200Mhz FSB and the system bus runs at 100Mhz. Its running on a GIGABYTE GA-7ZXE Socket A Motherboard with easy tune III so i can overclock by software. I have lots of extra cooling. What speed would it be safe to overclock it to?????
 

jazztrumpet216

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First off, WELCOME TO THE FORUMS!

If you haven't already read this, the Overclockers.com Beginner's Guide Section has some good stuff to know about how to overclock, and other helpful hints about your computer in general. One article I think is definitely worth a look is this one , which was written by one of our Forum Senior Members, Batboy. It is a very thorough article that gives you the do’s and don’ts of overclocking. Likewise, you might find the CPU Database of some help in determining what others have been able to safely overclock your processor to.

Take baby steps... nothing more than maybe 110FSB on your first shot. Boot into Windows and run some sort of processor intensive application or burn-in utility for about an hour, and if it's stable, reboot, and try a higher FSB. Basically, this is trial and error. If you go too high and the system will not POST, you must find the "clear CMOS" jumper, and set it so it will clear the BIOS (your manual should have more info on this). This will restore everything to default, but it should let you boot.

You'll want to keep an eye on your temperatures. Make sure they never exceed 50C, and try to keep them below 45C.

If an overclock is somewhat stable, but still gives you some errors, you can boost the voltage, but then keep an even closer eye on the temps as that will raise heat.

Also, you might reach a point at which some of your PCI/AGP cards may not work. Most cards can handle up to a 40MHz PCI frequency well, but after that, start to flake out. Be especially careful if you're using a NIC, as these are known to be very persnickety about high PCI speeds.

Some good programs for burn-in and general system maintenance are Motherboard Manager 5 (MBM5), SiSoft Sandra, Toast, and Prime 95. You can check to see if some of these are available at downloads.com (I know Sandra is available there), and aoafiles.com also has some good CPU programs (and other nice, interesting stuff, as well).

G'luck, and report back with your max. speed and/or any problems you may have!
 

Arkaine23

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Great advice by jazztrumpet. WELCOME TO THE FORUMS, funkpc!

Yeah I'd aim for 10% at first and run it like that for awhile to make sure its stable. So FSB 110, but try 105 before that and run some benchmarks/burn-in programs for a few hours. After that, take it up slowly, and be prepared to reset CMOS once you find where it gets too high to run stably.
 
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funkpc

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Wow thanks very much for the helpful advice. My Pc is running at 110fsb, 600Mhz overclocked to 750Mhz and is stable so i am gonna leave it there thansk very muhc for all your help.