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08-21-2002, 02:45 AM
Ok you read the title i'm a n00b and i'm getting a new computer.

My current computer is:

POS Compaq 7598
384 sdram
integrated sound and video

New setup is going to be:

*Note: I am getting an alienware because A. My parents won't let me build my own comp. and B. They want to get a computer that will be easily upgraded C. This compaq wont let me upgrade without alot of hassle. I know that alienwares are overpriced but thats what im getting. I am also on a budget so i won't be getting the best things

AMD 1900+
ASUS A7N266-C nVidia nForce DDR mobo
40gb Western Digital Ultra ATA 7200rpm 2mb cache
ATI Radeon 8500 128mb AGP
SoundBlaster Live! 5.1
Cooler Master DP5-7H53F High-Performance HSF
Kool Maxx Video Cooling System
340watt power supply

*Note: The alienware case has 6 fan slots.

As you can see it isnt the best on the market but it's pretty nice and is a HUGE upgrade from my compaq.

Now my questions are:

What parts of this can I overclock?
How much can I overclock?
Is it worth it to overclock?
What extra parts do I need to overclock?

I am an EXTREME n00b to the whole overclocking scene so any and all info will be welcome.



08-21-2002, 07:00 AM
If overclocking is what your after - invest in a good heat sink Thermalright SLK800 and SwiftechMCX462 are among the best - and also the most expensive Alpha 8045, thermalright AX7 & Thermaltake Volcanoe7+ (make sure it's a "plus") are a little cheaper and also very good.

I've never had an nForce board - but it should be just a matter of going into your bios & bumping up your FSB a little at a time - most of the OC-friendly boards also allow increases to the Vcore and Vdimm for a little added stability

You'll need a tweaking utility to OC your video core & memory - Powerstrip works fine, or there are some Radeon specific ones available at www.Rage3D.com

I would leave things like multiplier unlocking on your athlon or voltage mods on your Radeon alone until you have a little more experience

08-21-2002, 07:44 AM
Ok thanks. Do you know any good sites with beginners guides? Because I rather not make too many threads here :).

08-22-2002, 09:36 AM


Both of these are good