Turbo Charging Your PC

By: Kay Brener

Just like turbo charging a 4 cylinder engine in a coup, you, too, can push your computer's CPU-central processing unit, the brains of your PC-to faster speeds; the more data your CPU can process in a given interval of time, the faster and smoother CPU intensive programs will run-think video games, video editing software and suchlike. The vendor supplied factory presets of your CPU and GPU-graphics processing unit-can usually be altered, overclocked to jack up your CPU's performance, yet still run comfortably and in a stable state.

The main upside of this process is that you will get to spend exactly zero cash on the increased performance of your computer. Too often, new computer games and software demand more and more of your computer. It is time to get something in return and put all the money that you have already spent on your computer to good use. Of course, there is always the solution to make an upgrade, but this means spending money on a new graphic chip or a new CPU. We want to show you how to play with the clock speed of your CPU, so you can get similar performances for no money, whatsoever.

Overclocking: First Steps

Before you get down to business, know this one thing: overclocking your devices may lead to the loss of warranty, as computer components producers do not enjoy too much people that play with their products. Any piece of your computer has some factory presets that usually must remain the same, for the sake of warranty, but we will teach you how to do it, without raising any question marks over your actions. You will also gain a little more control over your computer performances, which is nothing something to throw to the trashcan.

Any increase in speed of the CPU has as an immediate result an increase in temperature that it will produce. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep an eye on your CPU temperature when overclocking it. Extra heat dispersers, a more powerful CPU fan, and case fans will keep your computer temperature low, making overclocking safe and without any problems.

Work on the Multiplier

Some skills for playing with your CPU's settings are a most when overclocking your computer. You can do it by increasing the FSB, or front side bus, as it is called, or by reaching for the CPU's multiplier. The second method does not even require to go inside your computer and operate it. What you need to know is how to crack into the CPU's multiplier - which many times is locked as default - and modify it to your heart's content. The way to do that is through the BIOS of your computer. Any CPU has a FSB value and a multiplier, and you will see these values from BIOS. You must adjust them as you see fit and until you see that your computer manages to work just fine with the new values.

Play with the FSB

Pushing the FSB past its factory preset is the preferred method of overclocking considering most modern processors have their multipliers locked, but this method has an advantage too: not only does it boost the CPU's clock speed; it also increases the rate in which data migrates between main memory and CPU.

Do not panic if sometimes your computer will freeze after a FSB tweak. Careful planning, trial and error, and different settings for the memory and the voltage from the BIOS will assure your success.

The reward for your efforts is not little. Now you can enjoy better performances and that, without squeezing your bank account for the extra dime.

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Kay Brenner is a PC utilities expert who restores slow PCs, saving you time and money wrestling with a slow PC. To learn how to avoid computer problems, download a free PC Health Check

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