I was just wondering if anyone here has had experience overclocking processors. My main concern is frying my Athlon - that'd be bad.
Is heat the only problem with overclocking, or will it be more likely to screw things up on your PC? I have a 1.4ghz Athlon Thunderbird with an Epox 8KHA motherboard (512mb PC2100 ram). The processor usually runs about 45-47 degrees celcius. When buying my computer I looked up reviews for the motherboard and it was recommended as a good one for overclocking. What is the optimal/maximum temperature it should be running at? I can set warning and shutdown temps in my bios (i think they range from about 60 to 90 degrees Celcius).
I was wanting to set the multiplyer up from 10.5 to 11.5 or 12 (making it a 1533mhz or 1.6Ghz).
Is this a bad idea?
oh, and i dont know if it matters, but it has a Thermaltake Volcano5 heatsink and fan for the processor.
I have set my FSB on my Athlon XP 1700+ on an Abit KR7A-Raid to as high as 145 MHz and it shows as a 1900+ running about 43 degrees C, and when under load ran as hot as 48 degrees C. That is just out of the box, no bridges connected on the cpu. And a multiplier of 11. I have heard alot of good news regarding the 1.4 Thunderbirds, but SERIOUS cooling is required. I am not about to put water cooling in my box
Just remember that in addition to better cooling a reliable power supply is required to handle the greater voltages.
Also, you need to unlock your cpu to manually change the multiplier, mine wouldn't let me on the mb, it is 11 and until I lock the bridges thats what I'm stuck with. Work your way up as you overclock til you reach a threshold of reliability, once the system becomes any bit unstable back down some , then keep a good eye on colling, stress test it with 3dMark or Sandra on both cool and warm days to be sure it doesn't catch fire on you, especially if you leave it running. Personally no matter how stable an oc'd system is I would never leave it running unattended for that reason alone.