– Alex –
Overclocking made easy
Of course I have to give the usual disclaimer before talking about this topic. Overclocking, if done improperly, can be hazardous to your and your computer’s health and I take no responsibility for any damage resulting from overclocking attempts gone bad. Overclocking is something for more advanced users that are familiar with the hard ware inside their PC and do not faint at the mere thought of actually opening the case of their PC.
However, I will try to outline the possible risks throughout this guide and point out where you have to be careful. Furthermore, I will not advise to try anything foolish or unrealistic, but keep it within sane limits. Sure, there will be people that might read this and say “Oh, what a sissy, you can push it further and do this and that . . .” Great – if you want to go farther and push it further and take more risk, that’s fine but you will not find this kind of attitude here.
The point of this guide is to tell you in plain English what overclocking is, how to do it, how not to do it, what is realistic, and how it can be done without investing hundreds of dollars into crazy cooling setups which kinda defeats the purpose anyway.
You will notice that some sections in this guide are generic and do not go into details covering specific brands. The reason is that there are so many variations and different models out there, it is impossible for me to cover them all. That’s why I am referring you to manuals and web sites when necessary.
That said, let’s get started.