Originally Posted by jcon89
oh noo, im not looking to overclock my pc. i am simply asking exactly what overclocking is. my computer isnt good enough. it is really bad. ill just look around on cf
Overclocking is rasing the actual physical speeds of the hardware in order to push more performance out of them. This is done by raising certain settings in the BIOS, such as the Front Side BUS, the HTT Multiplier (on a AMD), the CPU Multiplier ( on most P4s and AMD FX chips), the VDIMM voltages, the CPU core voltages, etc. If a proper balance is found, you will accomplish a significant increase in performance, raising a computer to another level of a 200$ increase from a retailer (ex: raising a P4 2.8GHz to 3.2GHz saves you around 130$) Heat is an issue, but if proper cooling is used and temps are kept in check, overclocking has NO side effects provided it is stable.