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    Well..I've got a Socket AM2 +4200..yeah its a little older..but it does a good job. I was wondering..I know AMD chips can be OC'd to hell..even with a stock fan. right now its idling at 42C.

    What kind of speeds would I be able to reach safely with this CPU? Do I need to buy a new cooling fan (because I will if its the best thing to do). And what kind of performance gain can I expect?

    Thanks.

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    I've worked with 4200+'s before and achieved stable clock speeds at 2.6Ghz @1.45v(faster than the 4800+) with stock cooling, I know of people that have OC'd it to 2.8Ghz at a higher voltage. It's a really good overclockable processor

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    The speed you can safely/stably run is completely dependent on your system in toto and how much energy (time and money) you're willing to devote to the pursuit.

    The performance gains are hard to predict and, in most cases, even harder to quantify.
    Not "hard to quantify" in the sense of benchmark numbers- they're easy- rather, hard to tell if you'll actually notice the difference.
    Depends on what you do with your PC.
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    Game, thats all I use that computer for along with music. Ive got this for a PS:
    http://www.enermaxusa.com/catalog/pr...4eccdb7404a0ac

    What should I do if I want to OC my cpu?

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    Well, first you have to explore the BIOS and see what options are available to you.
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    Well..what should I be looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith View Post
    Well..what should I be looking for?
    The ability to control voltage and memory timings.
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    Does this help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smith View Post
    Does this help?
    Nope.
    That's showing you what you have, not what you can change.

    You could read this to get an idea of what's involved.

    Read here to see how to document/test your efforts.

    *I realize this is probably not your hardware but the systematic approach and ability to control all settings might prove educational.*
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    Alright, Ill look though those articles. I was looking through my bios and found something called Jumperfree configuration. It had all that stuff I'm supposedly looking for.

    Does that sound right?

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