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Old 09-03-2007, 06:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi there i really want to oc my amd athlon 64x2 3800 but i dont no the first thing about overclocking and was wondering if anyone could guide me how to do it thanks for anyone who helps. PS would the lifespan my cpu decrease dramatically.
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Default Re: overclocking for first time.

There is an entire forum for overclocking questions where you might get a better response: http://www.techist.com/forums/f10/

I just finished my first overclock so I'm probably not the best guy to answer your questions but if you read through this thread of questions I asked my first time through it might help you answer some of the basic questions:

OCing: X2 3600+, evga 8800, and RAM

Also, would help if you put your system specs in your signature so pple can see what you are working with.
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the specs of my pc are:

amd athlon 64x2 3800+ with stock heatsink
GIGABYTE - GA M55S-S3 AM2 ATX MOTHERBOARD
PNY DDR2 DIMM MEMORY 1GB PC2-6400
600W ARCTIC ATX POWER SUPPLY UNIT
NVIDIA GEFORCE 8500 GT
HITACHI 250GB SATA II INTERNAL HARD DRIVE
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Hey hujack.

I highly recommend that you talk with nagasama about overclocking. Especially since you have an AMD processor. He's an expert at AMD overclocking.

Since you have a stock heatsink, you won't go very far. I'd suggest you get an aftermarket heatsink, such as the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro. It's only $20 at newegg.com.

Overclocking does reduce the CPU lifespan, but it's so little, it's nothing to be concerned about. The average lifespan of a CPU is about 10 years. Overclocking will take off 1-2 years, depending on how much you overclock. And I assume, you won't be using that CPU, for 8-9 years.
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