I recently built my own "budget box" computer for around $400. Components in it include:
-AMD Anthlon X2 4200+ = 2.2 GHz
-MSI ATX Motherboard
-2GB (1GBx2) A-Data 667MHz DDR2 Dual-Channel RAM
-Old 80GB Segate 7,200 IDE HDD, 30GB Western Digital 5,400 RPM IDE HDD
-Nvidia GeForce 7200 GS Video card
A little background on how good this machine is: It can run Crysis with everything on low at 800x600 resolution at an average of 10-12 fps. That seems low, and it is, but it is still very playable to the point where I was able to beat the demo. I have a very limited budget when it comes to computer building, but am very knowledgeable and into it, so I was looking into over clocking my CPU. Speedfan reports its temperature as 7C-8C, or 45F. How much could I over clock it WITHOUT shortening the lifespan of the CPU? I found this article on how to over clock it yesterday.
While I could easily follow that, it looks like they used a different fan cooler then the one I have. The one I have is the heatsink/fan combo that came stock with the processor. How much (if any) can I safely over clock it in it's current state? Also, any tips on overclocking my RAM if I choose to do it with the CPU? And also, would this give any noticeable performance boosts in gaming? Say, Crysis for example-would I get a frame-rate boost? I do realize though that if I want to play it better, I have to upgrade video cards (I just bought the 7200 because I needed one and it was cheap), so I plan to get a new video card next year with Crysis prehaps.
So, any tips/help on over clocking specificially to my processor?