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    Greetings.

    I'm new to these forums, and for a while have been interested in overclocking, but have never dared to actually try it, for fear of breaking something.

    I will be getting a new laptop soon, and was wondering about overclocking it, i've no prior experience in overclocking, but i do wish to have one initial question answered before i try anything at all.

    Will overclocking void my warranty? I have heard that overclocking my GPU will not, whereas overclocking my CPU WILL, but i don't know, so thought i'd ask. If so, i will look into it further in a year when my warranty runs out (I'm cheap :P So went for the one year instead of the 3)

    Onto the rest of the issue, is the 7900GS a card that is worth overclocking? Does anyone here have experience with this card and any advice they could give?

    As for overheating, how does a person sort that out? Or deal with it? Whats a safe temperature for a laptop to run at?

    The laptops specs are:

    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2048mb 663MHz DDR2 Ram
    Geforce Go 7900GS
    120gb 5400rpm HDD
    Vista Home Premium

    Thank you very much in advance for any information for this newbie first time overclocker

    And if it voids the warranty, i'm still interested to know, as in a year i will want to overclock as the card will probably be quite old then, and i don't even know yet how well it will run games so may not even need to OC.

    Cheers

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    in a laptop you wont be able to oc like you would in a pc, because heat is a big issue. oc will only void the warranty if the damage is visible (burns, shorts).
    if i dont count the heat problems i still wouldnt recomend to start ur first overclocking on a laptop, it's not hard but as the devil never sleeps, its not as easy to replace hardware in a laptop as in a pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by romeozor View Post
    its not as easy to replace hardware in a laptop as in a pc
    Hehe, you got that right.

    Ok thanks for the advice man, i'll forget about it for now and maybe build a cheap PC next year to practice some overclocking on, then maybe when im a little mroe experienced practice on my old laptop (This one) before trying anything with the new one.

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    What about setting up a cheap rig to practice overclocking?

    I have a really old AMD Athlon 2400 lying around :P

    But seriously, i have 2 AMD Athon 3200+ sitting around doing nothing, i could always couple this with a cheap new motherboard/graphics card and some cheap ram right? Just to practice with.

    Don't know alot about CPU's, the ones i have are:

    AMD Athlon 64 ADA3200AEP4AX (Beleive this is a 2.2GHz)
    AMD Athlon 64 ADA3200DIK4BI(Beleive this is a 2.0GHz)

    Even if i cant do a lot with them, some practice would be nice as i know nothing about overclocking but am very interested in learning a little about it.

    Cheers.

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    i wouldnt let those cpus go to waste

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    I did a little research, ala trusty google.

    One of the 3200+'s has "CBBID" on it, apparently this means it's not very good for overclocking?

    Don't know.

    The 2.0GHz 3200+ has "CBAEC" "0434SPMW" Written on it, i beleive this refers to the 34th week of 2004? Is that right?

    Apparently that one can be clocked up to a stable 4GHz O_o I'm not sure if that's realistic or bonkers... Sounds bonkers...

    Anyway, i'm thinking about building a nice little budget rig from my leftover towers, something within the 150 - 300 pound mark maybe, and get some overclocking experience.

    This is what i was thinking of:

    Intel Pentium 4 630 3.2GHz LGA775 2mb Cache 800MHz FSB (51 pound) (For when i have practiced some overclocking, i'll use this to turn it into a reasonably good machine for actual use, as well as mroe OC practice)

    Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Socket 775 DDR2 PCI-E Motherboard (70ish Pounds)
    667MHz 240Pin 512MB PC5400 DDR2 Ram DIMM 1.8v (25 quid a piece)
    Novatech GeForce 7600GS 256MB DDR2 PCI-E (65 quid)
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 CPU Cooler Fan (18 quid)

    Are those components ok for overclocking? I don't know much about the motherboard, whether or not it will cause any problems, i've read that some motherboards can make life difficult for overclockers, or even make overclocking impossible?

    Also is there any other specific hardware/tools i need for overclocking?

    Cheers for being patient with a noob :P



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    i'm not really sure you need to be this cautious. If you feel like getting a few older rigs set up to mess around and use then fine, go for it, but you really don't need to practice overclocking before trying it on a more expensive setup.

    So if you want to spend a bit more to get a nicer rig, do it, and then overclock it. Don't be too scared to overclock a decent rig, providing you don't push things too far and read up on things, you won't kill anything that wasn't destined to die anyway, in which case RMA it.

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    Hmm, i see what you're saying, but at the moment I can't afford a decent rig :P

    Just spent out on a new laptop and i'll be paying it off for a good while, i'll probably build a little budget rig, mess about with it for a while then save up for some nice components so that by the time i can afford a DX10 card, there will be some DX10 games floating around.

    Also i just like to be careful, i know hardware is generally more robust than a lot of people would think, but things tend to go wrong around me :P So i just want to be careful, also again, being on a tight budget currently, IF anything were to go wrong im screwed if it's an expensive component.

    Also, what's RMA?

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    ah if your on a budget and thats the reason for this ignore my post above then

    RMA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_..._Authorization

    I don't RMA things if i push them too hard but the genral rules is:

    - loads of voltage / don't care about heat = your fault, don't RMA
    - moderate overclock, moderate volt increase, kept the temps low = RMA, it was probably going to die anyway at stock sooner or later.

    Not everyone will agree with that, but it's the way i handle RMA's.

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    Ahh, thanks for the info

    I'll start building a budget rig when i have a bit more spare time, and then see if i can't make it explode... I mean, perform better :P

    Cheers.

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