Help with an overclock

Hello Instructables community!I have a laptop and it has been driving me crazy recently!Specifically the graphics card has been driving me crazy, its an integrated mobile Intel(R) 965 express chipset family chip running at 470mhz with 256mb of graphics ram ("stolen" from the normal ram and controlled by the OS) I was wondering if anybody knows of a program that is capable of overclocking it, I have tried rivatuner and power strip with no luck, rivatuner didn't even recognize the card and power strip wouldn't let me change the clocks.I want to make sure that I can change the clocks before I upgrade the ram.BTW: the specs on the computer are as follows:Compaq Prescario c700t CTOIntel Celeron @ 1.7ghz1 GB of shared system and graphics ram (soon to be upgraded)80GB SATA toshiba hard driveWindows Vista Home Basic sp2

Topic by junits15 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Experianced Overclockers??

Is anyone experianced with pentium m (mobility) processors? I've got a thinkpad r51 from the school, and runs at 1.5ghz, I know I can get around 1.8ghz out of one of these. The ones at school are 1.6, for whatever reason I got a 1.5ghz I'm not sure. I haven't found any tools that are compatible with it.

Topic by Punkguyta 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to Overclock a computer? Answered

I have recently heard that there is a way to change the clockspeed of my computer, and speed it up. But I have found next to nothing on how to overclock a computer. All I hear is change the fsb and decrease power etc. But I don't know what fsb is or how to change any of those things. (I believe it has something to do with the bios) Processor: Intel core 2 Quad Q8400 Thanks in advance

Question by vorlock 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


My sweet computer

Ok, so i basically just set up my first pc. I actually built it from a dell dimension 4700. It now has a new motherboard which is much better. Heres the specs: Operating System: MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3 CPU: Intel Pentium 4 530 Prescott 90nm Technology Ram: 2.5GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz (5-5-5-15) Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5KPL-AM EPU (Socket 775) 25 °C Graphics: DELL E173FP @ 1024x768 Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family Hard Drvie: 78GB Seagate ST380013AS (SATA) 28 °C Optical Driver: CD_ROM Drive Audio: VIA High Definition Audio Power Supply: The crappy 400W dell one from the dimension 4700. I really need to upgrade the power supply, cooling, hard drive, and maybe ram. Cooling especially, because i can overclock and i really want to. If i do a 5% OC, i stay at about 60 °C when playing games or stress testing. A bit more is pretty normal. Thats kinda hot though... So, thats why i want to upgrade the cooling. And it would help to upgrade the power supply a ton. And im going to need to with all the stuff i want to add. Anyway, heres some pics:

Topic by sci4me 8 years ago


I need Help with overclocking!

I have an amd athlon 2 x2 245 processor which runs at 2.9 ghz.  My games and computer runs slow when i run too many processes but i would like to have more processes then i can currently run.  I have 8 gigs of ddr3 ram which is good. but my processor isnt the best. I do have a cpu meter and it hits 100% when i first boot up my games. with chrome and my gadgets running it stays from 15-35%.  So any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks,                                                                               Logan

Topic by loman1997 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I overclock my PC?

I am running an intel i5 quad core at 2.66 GHz and would like to overclock it. Cooling is not an issue as I have a coolermaster 600 case which is overkill. How do I go about overclocking my CPU, Video card and RAM?

Question by Tombini 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I overclock my gpu? Answered

Hello Instructables community! I have a laptop and it has been driving me crazy recently! Specifically the graphics card has been driving me crazy, its an integrated mobile Intel(R) 965 express chipset family chip running at 500mhz with 256mb of graphics ram ("stolen" from the normal ram and controlled by the OS) I was wondering if anybody knows of a program that is capable of overclocking it, I have tried rivatuner and power strip with no luck, rivatuner didn't even recognize the card and power strip wouldn't let me change the clocks. I want to make sure that I can change the clocks before I upgrade the ram. BTW: the specs on the computer are as follows: Compaq Prescario c700t CTO Intel Celeron @ 1.7ghz 1 GB of shared system and graphics ram (soon to be upgraded) 80GB SATA toshiba hard drive Windows Vista Home Basic sp

Question by junits15 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Combining PC with.....A FAN!

This idea just popped into my brain last nite.Why not use strong automobile fans to cool the PC?Just mount it on the panel(geek points for duct tape)and off u go!Most engine fans run on 12VDC now and a pc has that,then SPLICE THE TWO TOGETHER!Advice and flaming will be appreciated

Topic by Derin 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I overclocked my CPU to 2GHz! Sweet!

Wow, I can't believe my Eyes!I finally managed to overclock my Dell's 1.5Ghz Processor to 2.0GHz!I am Now running a stress test with the Fans at default speeds, Temperature is leveling at 62 Celsius(or 143 Fahrenheit) Which is Pretty good for a Stock cooler and being a laptop, What i did is Place a tiny pin jumping Pin 14-15, As seen here.The guy Overclocked his to 1.7 from 1.3, I got Mine to Overclock to 2.0 From 1.5, Which is a pretty good 500MHz Overclock.Well I am Happy with the Results, I just oiled the fan so putting it in high speed won't cause too much noise.Here are some screenies ;)~ReCreate

Topic by ReCreate 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is Virtual PC Overclocking my processor?

Cpuz says that my processor is running at 830MHz maximum in virtual pc My processor speed is 800HMz my host os is windows XPSP3 and the os in virtual PC is windows 2000 Neptune(go figure) edition Also my physical computer says that my cpu is running at about 790MHz

Question by ReCreate 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What happens if you over-power a laser? Answered

If you take a laser (say, a 1mW pen laser pointer) and hook up a stronger battery to it (say a 9V battery as opposed to the 3V watch battery it came with), would it increase the output of the laser? If it would, at the risk of lifespan, would it work if you strobed it?

Question by KahlZun 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago



Best way to overclock a Pentium 4 531? Answered

Well, to do this, I obviously have to give a few stats of my system. CPU: Intel Pentium 4 531 (Prescott chip) running @ 3 GHz RAM: 2048 MB of DDR (PC3200) Motherboard: Biostar P4M800 My goal: The 531 @ 3.1 / 3.2 GHz

Question by Madrias357 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I overclock my compaq?

SO I have a compaq prescario c700 laptop PC. It has an Intel celeron processor running @ 1.7ghz, this is a little slow for me so I tried to overclock it via fsb configuration software. (like setfsb) The only problem is I cannot find a program that supports my PLL (or clock generator) My PLL is a slg8sp512t, I have tried getting a program that supports a similar PLL but they all just bluescreen my computer. I'm doing this on AC popwer so the Intel speedstep function should be turned off. So my question Is does anybody know-of/have a program that supports this PLL?

Question by junits15 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


does anybody know how to overclock AND underclock your gameboy so you can make it variable?

I have a gameboy that I overclocked and I underclocked a game boy. with positive results and they work great! i also circuit bent my guitar effects pedaland I've seen a video on youtube of a guy who used a 555 timer to help the game not crashand a variable resistor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypmBP_Pt1Bgi can't figure it out

Question by 10 years ago


CPU: Multiplier vs. Bus Speed? Answered

Hi. I have been overclocking my new cpu (AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE) and I was all excited about having an unlocked multiplier, because of the Black Edition, yet I can't even stably change it! I was told that you should up the CPU bus speed as much as you can while leaving the CPU stable, then move on to the multiplier. Yet after I get to the stable bus speed (235) I can't up the multiplier even one notch. It is currently 15.5. This was the stock multiplier. My question is, is it worth it to lower the bus speed so I can stably increase the multiplier. And is there a way to stably increase the multiplier even after you max out the bus speed that I am obviously not doing? Thanks in advance.

Question by noobererer 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


questions about flashing my sprint intercept with custom rom

      I would like to flash a custom ROM to my rooted intercept to get a more stable, higher tech android system however i have concerns.       will a custom ROM look zoomed in? i don't think so, i saw custom android builds working perfectly. but i still want to be sure!       Can i get a custom ROM that i can move most of the system files to the SD card? (i only have 160MB of internal storage, i cant install many apps. i would like a ability to move an entire app to SD. not 30% of it. also, the ability to move virtually all my apps to SD. i can only move half of them.)      WILL I LOSE SPRINT SERVICE? (im not talking about bloatware, like the real usability of the phone ex: calling, texting, 3G networking)      what is flashing a custom kernel? how?      what are custom jits?      what is SD partitioning, what does it do? is it similar to partitioning a hard drive on a computer?             please take a look down at my answers/comments for more unanswered Questions and concerns and keep updated on this question; i will add more questions. thank you in advance, -- max

Question by -max- 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


clocking my PC's graphics card ?

I clocked it to 113MHZ thats got to be good is it or not

Question by albylovesscience 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Overclocking of my Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz 2992 Mhz Processor. How can it be done?

A friend of mine introduced me to the idea of over clocking my processor. He said it can be dangerous due to over heating issues. I am willing to add new fans into my PC so long as the speed can be controlled. I will not be able to obtain a better heatsink however (My heatsink is pretty beefy already). Ive done some research but have only been able to find very broad forums. I need to know how to do it, what to do and what not to do, how far past factory specs i can push it beyond and if my mother board with withstand it.. Also i have a follow up question I notice that the system summery stes that i have 1.57GB Avilible physical memory but i have 2.50 GB Installed physical memory. is there any way to overclock the RAM as well? SPECS: OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600 Other OS Description  Not Available OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Name FASTCAR123-PC System Manufacturer Dell Inc. System Model Dimension 8400 System Type X86-based PC Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, 2992 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s) BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A09, 7/7/2006 SMBIOS Version 2.3 Windows Directory C:\Windows System Directory C:\Windows\system32 Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1 Locale United States Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385" User Name fastcar123-PC\fastcar123 Time Zone Eastern Standard Time Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.50 GB Total Physical Memory 2.50 GB Available Physical Memory 1.57 GB Total Virtual Memory 4.99 GB Available Virtual Memory 3.57 GB Page File Space 2.50 GB Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Question by fastcar123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is it possible to increase motor speed by adding current?

Hi there, I want to increase my 5 volts cooling pad speed by hacking it. I've tried increase the voltage, but the motor died after next hours. I have a plan to increase the current without increase the voltage, but it's doubtful to be worked. Somebody got any idea? Thank you

Question by AthaariqA 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


looking for an insane amount of pc case fans for cheap

Anybody buy case mod supplies dirt cheap?? if so where i'm looking to buy in bulk to start a case mod-overclock business

Topic by cazmundi 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


addiction to being a pyro

Please i need advice im a pyro maniac and im sorta addicted to blowing things up how do i stop? ps as im writing this message im overclocking a lighter with 1 hand

Topic by sharlston 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I increase my GHz from 1.5 to 1.7?

I downloaded a game that requires my CPU to run at 1.7 GHz. My CPU is 1.5 GHz. Is there a way I can overclock it just a bit?

Question by GearsOfAwesome 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I'm trying to find out how much i can safely overclock my computer.

I'm trying to find out how much i can safely overclock my computer because it runs at 1.5GHz and for games such as Portal, DDO, and BF3 it requires just a little more to run games smoothly. My computer is as follows Model: HP dv6 Processor: AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.50 GHz RAM: 8GB system: 64-bit I know my computer can run better but I know this isn't something I should jump right into without advice or asking around first. any help on where to look on a guide or any tips on what to do would be greatly appreciated.

Question by Appull02 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can i increase my laptop's graphics capabilities?

I know laptops can't have their graphics cards replaced, and overclocking doesn't make a huge performance difference and is dangerous. but, thinking outside the box (which is what this site is about) what other ways are there of increasing the graphics abilities? 

Question by 13thvulture 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Determining frequency of processor And AVR O.C. ?

So This question has two parts.... i need to measure the frequency of a computer processor.....and an avr microcontroller........ actually i want to know weather it is possible to connect a arduino to a pc's processor through wires or an avr through wires to a secondary system like an arduino which will measure the frequency....... and is it possible to overclock an avr ? if yes , then how can i ?

Question by _Boltz_ 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


new vs. old

I found that i use older and slower computers more than i do my desktop modded to be fast, it's the fastest computer in my house! still for some reason i keep using an overheating, amd 366 laptop to play dos games and a pentium 4 laptop with 256mb of ram, instead of my desktop with a celeron D 3.23ghz (overclocked of course, how else?) and 1gb of ram. why? lol.

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can my computer run Cod4 and other popular games with Maxed Out Settings? Answered

Computer specs: Video card: XFX ATI Radeon 5850 Processor: AMD Phenom II x 4 925 processor. ~2.8 Ghz. (Can be overclocked. same with videocard.) Memory: 8190MB  RAM Motherboard: Unknown, but I bought my computer as a gaming PC not to long ago and updated the videocard. Everything else should be able to run fairly well. Please answer and thank you.

Question by bubbaman22 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My "new" computer

This is my "new" computer. Its a Dell Dimension 2400 loaded with windows xp with service pack 3. I havent done much to it yet, and since i cant really overclock it... im just doing memory, graphics, sound, and looks. The rest of the upgrades i do will be software, programs, wallpapers, music, videos, screensavers, etc...  I hope you like. NOTE: I AM a noob. that is y it kinda sux. but... im kinda young. lol. PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Topic by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What would happen if you used a 24v battery pack in an 18v cordless drill? Will this damage the motor? Answered

Thinking about overclocking some of my 18v power tools.  I can adapt 24v battery packs to fit into them.  Obvious advantage is they will run faster and should run longer with the extra power.  My only concern is can this damage the motors?  I think the only real risk is overheating but it I take steps to avoid that would everything else be okay?  I've also considered hooking two battery packs together to run an 18v saw at 36 volts.

Question by etcmn 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 months ago


What is the best graphics card available for this computer that won't bottleneck the CPU? Answered

Specifications: 2GB DDR2 (up to 4GB max). Intel Pentium 4 CPU with HyperthreadingT @ 2.8GHz overclocked to 3.4GHz stable. Runs Fedora linux. 1 PCI express x16 slot (shouldn't be a problem, PCI express x16 2.0 is backwards compatible). ASUS P5KPL-CM motherboard. I could install a Pentium D 3.0GHz for $25 and I can always upgrade the PSU to accommodate a more powerful graphics card. I need the most powerful graphics card I can get for the computer that won't bottleneck it. Below are some pictures of the computer (they are the parts from my parents' old computer that I recently upgraded; the computer runs great, I just don't have a case for it yet)

Question by epicnoobpwn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


PC refuses to install any OS

I have a PC that I need to get operational again after an accident with some overclocking software (either ClockGen or setFSB). The actual hardware seems to be working, and will install several different versions of XP as far as the first reboot, on which it will BSOD and restart the install in a loop. I have also tried installing Ubuntu from a USB drive, which I know works, and the computer does not accept it as bootable. The system has been unplugged with the BIOS battery out for a couple of months, so the BIOS is not causing it. It is running with minimal hardware, as follows: Intel Celeron D @ about 2.5GHz Replacement 20Gb IDE HDD, or original 150Gb (both do the same thing) on IDE1 CD/DVD drive on master of IDE2 I know it's pretty much obsolete, that's why I need it. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

Topic by The Skinnerz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


CPU Thermal Management?

Hi all. First of all, I am running a Pentium 4 530 at 3.0Ghz. The temperature at FULL load is about 60-70 degreese CELCIUS. The cooler us a .. Rocketfish Universal CPU Cooler.. (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+Universal+CPU+Cooler/9462609.p?id=1218108988702&skuId;=9462609) I dont know the code so i gave you a loink to it. I plan to upgrade to a Corsaire H50 to overclock. But first, I want to get my temps with this heatsink under control. I think it's the thermal compound... It's not applied very well.. I had to keep taking the cooler off and putting it back on to get it to clip into the board... :D Anyway, please let me know what you think I should do. THANKS!

Question by sci4me 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


2 computer builds: one budget computer system, and mid range gaming system. is everything compatible with each other?

I want to build a $200-$250 ultra budget computer system as my first build, to get the ropes, then after i get it working, and all, then move on and build another, much more powerful  $700-$750 gaming / video editing PC. however, i need help with making sure everything works together, as well as suggestions and tips please. i highly appreciate if you answer in detail everything i asked, that answer will get best answer from me. a will add details as i learn more about what i am really getting into. i bolded all my unanswered questions. (i decided on just making to separate builds,  originally i planed to make i cheap computer, with a good mobo, then expand on it. however i just decided it is better to make two separate builds.) 1) what advantages can i get out of a good housing/case? i prefer to use just the case i have right now, the old one from my old HP pavilion a1747c. it has several card readers and a few usb ports on the front, headphone jack, mic jack, some jack labeled 1394, 2 expansion bays (one of which with a DVD drive in it) 2) i plan on using a motherboard with a chipset that allows for: overclocking the CPU, RAM, and separate video card; as well as support for intel HD graphics; and of coarse uses the LGA-1155 socket. for less than $130.  ) is in any good? can someone list a few good afordable boards that will do what i listed above? her are a few i have in mind. is ASRock a good company? ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Mobo <-- i am leaning towards this one. ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77                                      3) for simple stuff like wifi, bluetooth, etc; do i need to buy those separably (for the motherboard)? do they use PCI slots? if not, can i use the old WiFi adapter from my old computer? id rather not use external but if i have to, i will. so i assume if i want front facing USB 3.0 slots i need a new case, right? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4) here are the parts for my first build. please tell me if you see a problem with the selection    CASE: ------Cooler Master RC-343-KKN1  MOBO:------ ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX (any better value out there)?  CPU: --------Pentium G620 (lga-1155) (can you best it within  $60?) (stock)  RAM:--------Team Elite 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333MHz  OS: ----------Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit.  HHD: --------the old HDD i have in my old computer, a 250gb 5400RPM drive.  OPTICAL: -my current DVD drive in my old computer.  PSU: --------will a 350W be enough power for this? i think so.  [total cost]: >$250 including the parts i don't think i need. (optical, case, PSU, CPU, heatsink) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5) my next build:   PSU: ------Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W  MOBO:----ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Mobo (is it a good for the price)  CPU: ------Intel i5 3570K  RAM: ------Patriot Intel Extreme Master, 8GB, Cas Latency 9, 1600MHz  then overclocked?  HHD: ------Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache  OPTICAL: whatever i find cheapest. is a blue ray drive worth it? do PC game need it?  GPU: ------Radeon HD 7870: or any cheaper card with similar performance

Question by -max- 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Converting Dc to Ac

Ok this is my first post on this site so forgive me if i sound stupid...i like to tinker with things so just to tell a little about things i have done...completely rebuilt a pc..wired up an adapter for an old xbox to work on pc...the easier things....fixing frayed speaker wire....rebuilt/and upgraded a zune 30gb to zune 60gb the usual stuff...my most proud is overclocking my amd 64x2 4000+ to 2.9Ghz.....everyone said it couldnt be done...........anyways on to my question.......i want to know what all i will need to convert Dc to Ac power for a set of old desktop speakers i found in my closet.......i have an idea of what i want to be able to do.......put them in a backpack and make it portable.....currently i have two old 7.2v 1200mah Rc car batteries that i would like to use to power it.....and i also have a charger for them...it can charge and discharge...its old but works....so now my next step is what else am i going to need to complete this project...i dont know a whole lot about electricity but know enough to follow directions...if someone has already done this or knows how to and could walk me through what i need to do i would greatly appreciate it....

Topic by Celestial_Artisian 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Upgrading my PC and need advice? AMD FX -8150 or INTEL i7 3820? Answered

Hi all, im in the planning stages of a PC upgrade for my new "5 Year PC" my current system: intel Q6600 Asus Commando Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 7970 3gb (will be reused in new system) Hytec 950w PSU (will be reused in new system) 2 x 2GB DDR2 Ram 1TB, 2TB, 320gb & 500gb Sata HDDs (will be reused in new system) system 1 AMD: (approx price. AUD$700) AMD fx -8150 Asus Crosshair V Formula z G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1866C10Q-32GXL (4x8GB) 32GB DDR3 system 2 INTEL: (approx price. AUD$1000) Intel Core i7 3820 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-1866C10Q-32GXL (4x8GB) 32GB DDR3 Case: Lanboy Air which system would last me the "Long term" with minimal upgrades. the system would be on 24/7. i use it mostly for gaming (WoW, AC, Diablo, Mass effect 3) but will be doing some photo/video editing in the future. i WON'T be overclocking. TL:DR AMD FX -8150 or INTEL i7 3820? Windows Score 5.9 Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz 7.1 Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB 7.1 Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series 7.9 Gaming graphics 4863 MB Total available graphics memory 7.9 Primary hard disk 451GB Free (932GB Total) 5.9

Question by furby 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


computer RAM upgrade stupid questions?

Well as it turns out, 8GB of RAM with Chrome and Kdenlive video editing software open at the same time causes Ubuntu to max out the RAM on my machine, and the machine will start to become very sluggish, eventually freezing for several minutes at a time with a high chance of never unfreezing. This used to be a very common issue that would occur with only google chrome open, due to a memory leak with my Gmail tabs. If I catch this sluggishness and eventually full system hang early enough, I can recover from it by entering CLI mode on ubuntu (alt+F1) and killing "chrome." After researching this problem a bit more, I created a swap file, since I do not have a SWAP partition, this helped delay the eventual unrecoverable system hang, but did not entirely fix the issue. I also tried different "swappiness" values, and also learned about this command "sudo sysctl -w vm.min_free_kbytes=400000" which supposedly forces a set amount of space to be unused in ubuntu. Looking at the system monitor this appears to do what it says, preventing a >95% RAM use, forcing swap to be used instead, and this was initially promising as it seemed to reduce the full system hangs, but created more small bugs, like freezing and stuttering wildly with buffered youtube videos, or playback in Kdenlive. A reboot seemed to have fixed that issue, but I'm not sure if those settings stuck around. ANYWAY; I guess there is no denying it, I simply do not have the RAM necessary for my workload anymore. I DO use intel HD integrated graphics, which uses the system RAM for graphics processing, so I wonder, will faster RAM allow slightly better graphics performance? My understanding is that GDDR is optimized for sheer bandwidth, not latency, while system DDRx RAM is optimized for latency. Does this mean my system will benefit more from high clock rate and high latency setting on a given RAM set, or is low clock and low latency RAM better? Most "gaming" orented builders seem to say RAM is not important other than esthetics and reliability. Also, is there a difference between buffered and unbuffered RAM?  Currently, the specs for my RAM are: Geil EVO Veloce GEV38GB1600C9DC 4GBx2 This RAM I got for "free" with my motherboard, and it seems to work with the following settings in the BIOS: . . .1600MHz @ 9-9-9-28 timings, 1.5V . . .1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 timings, 1.5V . . .1800MHz @ 11-12-11-33 timings, 1.65V These are the fastest possible settings that will boot. Note, I was not too happy with the 1800MHz overclock, especially considering my computer was acting strange and crashed during an update, corrupting Ubuntu. I was able to repair the installation of some corrupted packages halfway installed. It did not seem to make any difference in some games on ubuntu, which is how I tested stability/speed. I have also had issues where while the BIOS system check passes, ubuntu puck errors all over me when I clocked at 1600MHz @ 9-9-9-24, even at 1.65V. There is really no overclocking this currently overpriced and mediocre RAM to any degree. The three settings above were the best settings I could get. The RAM I am currently looking at getting is: http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-PC3-12800-240-Pin-BLS2K4G3D169DS1J/dp/B00ZRG009S/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie;=UTF8&qid;=1452056996&sr;=1-1&keywords;=BLS2K4G3D169DS1J It is the most affordable, and states that it is 4GBx2 of 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 RAM. I think I can underclock it to match the speed of the rest of my RAM and I think it should work well alongside. What do you guys think? I do not want to have to buy the $67 16GB if I can help it.

Question by -max- 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


$200-$250 computer build. all all the parts compatible, any issues you see?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- here are the parts for my first build. please tell me if you see a problem with the selection CASE: ------Cooler Master RC-343-KKN1 MOBO:------ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (any better value out there)? CPU: --------Pentium G620 (lga-1155) (can you best it within  $60?) (stock) GPU:---------n/a, on-board Intel HD 2000 RAM:--------Team Elite 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333MHz OS: ----------Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit. HHD: --------the old HDD i have in my old computer, a 250gb 5400RPM drive. OPTICAL: -my current DVD drive in my old computer. PSU: --------will 350W be enough power for this? i think so. [total cost]: <$250 including the parts i don't think i need. (optical, case, PSU, CPU, heatsink) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IF YOU SEE EVERYTHING IS GOOD AND COMPATIBLE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS, YOU GET BEST ANSWER. other questions: 1) what advantages can i get out of a good housing/case? can i get more USB ports? or are the aftermarket cases just for looks and good airflow? 2) my current hard drive is loud (no clunking, but clearly audible clicking (30 decibles maybe?) and some faint brown noise under load). it is an older heavily used HHD, how much life does it have left? i don't know of any software to test it. i use Ubuntu as my only OS so a program to test it has to be for Linux (preferably .deb package) i have more info and qustions at: https://www.instructables.com/answers/ultra-budget-computer-system-with-good-upgrade-opt/ if you could also answer those, i would highly appreciate it.

Question by -max- 6 years ago


is what i have decided for my computer build everything compatible? Answered

I decided to buy the core parts my custom cheap computer, that i plan to upgrade with better parts. but if i want to save money in the long run and not have to buy totally new parts for a building a decent computer. will these parts i choose will work together? the top parts are the bare essentials for my build, excluding the parts i already have in my old tower computer (case, 300W PSU, monitor, and keyboard, mouse, WiFi adapter {maybe read bellow}) MOBO:---ASRockZ77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Mobo----------------------$140 CPU: -----Pentium G620 (lga-1155)-------------------------------------------------------------------$64 RAM:-----G.SKILL Ripjaws X-Series 8GB DDR3 RAM Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL---$40 i plan to get these parts after i get the initial build working. if i am unhappy with the above specs i will upgrade. my parents want me to build a cheap $250 computer first to see if i am up to the challenge.  so i want everything i listed to work well together. so far i have worked out everything except the power supply cables (if it will power everything listed and crossfire/SLI for future improvement.) PSU:------OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply---$50 after rebates CPU:------Intel i5 3570K-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$220 GPU:------either a gtx 660, or a Radeon 7870.-----------------------------------------------------$230.00 ish CASE:----Cooler Master Computer RC 430 KWN1/dp/B003O8J11E---------------------------$46 HDD:------unsure. whetever i get my hands on in the future. it will be 7200 RPM or better, maybe a cheap ssd as for the GPU any recommendations? i want something within $250 and will play games on high settings with no problem, and dual monitor setup. i think this GTX 660 it seems to be slightly better than the radeon 7870, and cheaper. i might go with this. is it a good idea to get a CPU that has the 'K' at the end, i know this means it is overclockable bacause it is unlocked. but it it worth it to pay the extra 20 for a faster stock clock speed, and HD 4000 graphics? compared to the i5 3550? p.s. i will delete parts of my question(s) that have successfully been answered by you and the community.  thank you everyone who helped me out with this. i have to give credit to:  mpilchfamily, Willard2.0,  and bwrussell have been very helpful. i cant wait until i start building!

Question by -max- 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Extreme water cooling idea for computer chilling plus dust protection

I started to play around with some compressor cooling devices, otherwise known as fridges, freezers or airconditioners ;) As with everything it started with a lot of reading, some doing, more reading, well you get the point... Anyways, I am now running an old and portable split airconditioner on hydrocarbons instead of the already escaped R22 refrigerant. With all this experimenting I got reminded that my computer does not really like to do hard gaming work on these hot days. There are already a lot of infos out there on how to use water and/or heatpipes to cool your system. One thing that they all have in common is that you need a chiller to cool the water. Now, there are really tons of options here - from using an old bar fridge to hold the water up to big direct chillers that can be used 24/7 and cost a small fortune. Here in Victoria the weather might be more forgiving but up north the humidity will be your main enemy if you want to use any decent cooling system. Imagine 90% humitiy and the water condensing on pipes and coolers inside your computer... Some systems compensate here by using a temp of around 12°C at the lowest to minimise the risk of condensation. But I think we can do better for cheaper if we are willing to get dirty and salvage some scrap. If it also a great way to protect your computer in a dusty and hot workshop enviroment! Let me explain the thought: Considering the costs for a decent air cooled system over the expense for just a basic water cooling kit it might be worth spending the extra money otherwise. What makes a normal and not overclocked computer go too hot assuming it is clean and free from dust? Right - the outside temperature and how hard we actually use it. Normal systems are designed to work at a room temp between 18 and 24°C, we are often lucky to have it under 30 in the summer. Getting a CPU to just under 70° if the outside air is already over 30° is hard if not impossible. But what if the computer would be in one of these fancy server rooms that are kept at 16° throughout the year? Problem solved, just win the lottery to get your server room build. Step back a bit and think again ;) If we make an additional and well insulated enclosure to put the computer in we would only need to worry about making it pretty much air tight and keeping the inside always under 20°C. Now follow me to my imaginary shopping trip... First step is getting a decent sized cooler box - you can build your own of course I would go for these oversizes Esky chests. Next step is a visit to the local hard rubbish collection or scrap yard. We look for a bar fridge or water cooling tower that has a condenser that will fit on the side or back of our cooling box. Prefer something old running on R22 instead of R134a if you can. If the system already has one or two service ports for filling even better, otherwise see you get one from a different fridge or freezer. The fun starts back home where we now make a big mess. The cooling system needs to come apart and if not a tower the fridge around it has to go without damaging pipes or condensers. Perfect would be to have a working system and to keep it in this condition to avoid the illegal escape or refrigerant. It also make it easier than having to refill it again. On the other hand getting a system that is already professionally evacuated as most scrap yards now do anyway can make the modding easier - up to your skill set and options to have the system checked and filled. Once we have a naked cooling system we get the cold side into the cooler box. Either by creating a slot to slide it in or by feeding the hoses through holes if you plan to do your own thing in terms of testing and filling. The compressor part and "hot side" are mounted securely to the outside of the box. If you still have the thermostat working and connected you can now check your homebuild fridge. To get the computer inside you have several option, IMHO the easiest is use one big enough hole to get all cables to the outside. You want this hole to end up as airtight as possible, I found candle wax to be a good sealer if you place some painters tape on the box first. So far this was the easy part, the hard part is now to make sure the humidity inside the box stays as low as possible. When the compressor starts cooling the evaporator will go to very low temperatures, even if you set the thermostat to 10° the cold side will condese or even freeze the moisture in the air. Unlike with direct cooling option inside your computer we now have a "cold trap" outside the coputer that we use to our advantage! Easiest option here is to have a catchment under the cold side to collect the condensing water and to let it discharge through a small tube to the outside. Once the system was operating for a few days there should be no moisture left inside our box unless it is not properly sealed. At this point you could be tempted to just set the thermostat to the coldest possible - I advise against it! Imagine the inside of the box is below freezing - the capacitors won't like it to start with and since we now have all surface subcooled the moisture can condense everywhere not warm enough, including your mainboard. A temp of around 10°C should be more than enough for normal gaming and gives the compressor a chance to turn off every now and then so any ice can drop off and exit. If you like the idea use it and make a featured Instructable out of it, my time is too limited at the moment to get serious with this.

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago