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overclocking AMD sempron 3300+

by roshukd / June 16, 2006 12:59 PM PDT

Hey everyone. I'm new to computers, and would like to try to overclock my computer. It currently has a K8M-800M motherboard, an AMD SEMPRON 3300+ CPU, 512 MB RAM, 300 W power supply, a SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY SE sound card, and an ATI RADEON 9600 PRO video card. Do I need to do anything before I try to overclock, or is this set up fine. Also , how do I overclock the CPU, motherboard, and video cards? Your info is greatly appreciated.

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Alittle for now
by Willy / June 16, 2006 9:24 PM PDT

Once you follow this forum and others you'll notice many users having wierd or iffy problems. Much of that is due to "power issues" and generally that means the psu/power supply. So, you're 300W psu worrys me. I suggest you get a better and higher wattage unit when you can, sooner the better.

As for OC'ing now on newer systems generally has little to gain until "cooling" is well addressed and even then don't expect much. Newer cpus tend to curtail any massive OC gains and just gernerally the cpu is already at its limits dealing with its own rating. To OC basically deals with cpu setup from the bios setting, tweak away but alittle at a time. Overall, be happy if you get 10% increase. Understand, the whole system has to has quality componets to address the higher cpu OC rate, thus besides cooling, the ram and video need to be of a hi-qulaity as well. You can get good results then after days or months start to degrade and can only achive what your system was build for, so beware.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by roshukd / June 16, 2006 10:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Alittle for now

Thanks for the advice.

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If that's the same motherboard...
by GeeBee / June 17, 2006 10:33 PM PDT

...that is detailed here :


with the same BIOS options...you have no options to overclock! Which is likely a good thing. If you're new to computers, overclocking's the last thing you should be messing about with. However, if you're a brave soul (or foolish), and don't mind risking a PC that might not even boot up...

"Dear Cnet people...how do I manually reset my BIOS to defaults, as it won't boot up now!" 8*(

...as you fiddle and tweak.

There are two motherboards with that moniker, FIC and Gigabyte. Whichever you have you should look for an option for increasing the HTT (Hyper Transport Technology) for a Sempron64 like yours, or FSB (Front Side Bus) for 32bit Sempron's. Increasing this marginally above the default of 200Mhz overclocks the PC. If you can't see it, it's not listed, or can't find it, put the idea of overclocking an already very fast and powerful CPU from your mind.

If you'd like to overclock your graphics card (easy to do), but make sure you have plenty of ventilation (these do not run cool), and head over to : http://www.rage3d.com and download it's Rage3DTweak utility.

Good luck,


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by roshukd / June 18, 2006 12:28 AM PDT

....for your help. I didn't realize there was that much involved with this. Thanks again.

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by damasta55r / June 19, 2006 8:03 AM PDT

Overclock cpu through bios, raise fsb, memory voltages, etc... Overclock video card, ati tool (download from majorgeeks).


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