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Thread: n00b getting a new computer

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2002


    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
    256 DDR SDRAM
    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.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Ontario, Canada


    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

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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002


    Ok thanks. Do you know any good sites with beginners guides? Because I rather not make too many threads here :).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2002


    Both of these are good

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