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How to Overclock a Computer and Maintain Rock-hard Stability [Part 1/2] (Page 1/4)

Posted: January 25, 2000
Written by: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

Click here to read Part 2 of this How To guide.


Ahh... the grandmother of all overclocking articles has come into being. Aren't you excited? And as Trent Reznor (NIN) might say, "Doesn't it make you feel better?" Truth is, we at Tweak3D have only briefly gone over what goes into overclocking a computer while making sure it is as stable as granite, and I intend to change that - now!


Here's a basic outline of the kind of stuff you will find in this guide.

- Necessary tools
- Safety precautions
- Bus Clock Speed
- Bus Clock Multipliers and Multiplier Locks
- Chip Voltage and Stability
- Cooling!
- The Overclocking Process
- Stability Testing Procedures
- Troubleshooting a Failed Overclock
- Electrostatic Migration and Burnout
- Overclocked Processor Lifetime
- Effect of Non-standard Bus Speeds on Other Computer Components
- Alternative Methods of Overclocking

Necessary Tools

There are several things you need to know before you begin trying to overclock a computer. Depending on the part of the computer you are trying to overclock and how far you are going to take the process, you may need any or all of the following things:

- Phillips head screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
- Tweezers
- Thermal Paste
- Thermal Tape (FragTape)
- A flat razor
- Cooling fan/Peltier/etc.
- Application Specific Tools (ex: Peltier cooling systems may require insulation)

Make sure you have ALL the tools you need before you begin working (in some cases, you may not need any tools at all). Make sure you are in a clean, well-ventilated area, with plenty of workroom (if you will be taking on a larger project).

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