Help in overclocking my windows 7 PC

March 19, 2012 at 14:58:03
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad core,2x 2GB Patriot PC2-6400(400MHz) DDR2
I would like some help in overclocking my PCs processor as the games I play tend to lag a bit but I don't really want to buy a new processor yet. I'm new to overclocking and my native language isn't english so please don't use very fancy terms.

My computers specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78
Processor:AMD Athlon II X4 620 @2,6GHz(quad core), stock fan
RAM:,2x 2GB Patriot PC2-6400(400MHz) DDR2

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March 19, 2012 at 20:25:02
You have not listed your graphics and since for gaming the graphics are often more important than the CPU's speed, you should list that as well. It may well be that you just need to upgrade your graphics card to eliminate that lag and see a significant improvement in your gaming. Also list your power supply's make, model number, wattage, and amps on the 12Volt Rail(s) to see if it will be enough for the upgrade as well.
As far as the overclocking, I will let others comment on that since I have experience overclocking only Intel, BUT I noticed many versions of the "ASUS M4A78" when I searched for it so you will need to indicate which version exactly you have.

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March 20, 2012 at 05:50:20
I mostly play games which heavily rely on the processor rather than the GPU, but anyway heres it:
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB memory

Power source: Maxcube Nira SL-8500BTX 500W ATX / 20+24 pens
I've written down here what reads on the side of the power source
V----- +12V1 +12V2 +12V
OUTPUT 15A 16A 0.8A
MAX 180W 192W 9.6W

Link to ASUS website for the exact motherboard:

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March 20, 2012 at 06:15:01
"the games I play tend to lag a bit"

As Fingers stated, gaming relies heavily on the graphics. You didn't list the make/model of your video card, but the lag is more than likely due to the card rather than the CPU. Please post the make/model of your video card as well as your power supply info. And it wouldn't hurt to include some game titles.

I'm guessing this is your motherboard:

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March 20, 2012 at 06:20:21
"ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB memory"

That's generic. Who's the manufacturer? Does the card have GDDR3 or GDDR5 memory? It's a decent card though, maybe you just need to dial back the game settings a bit? Or maybe you have a lot of crap running in the background. Do you disable the AV when gaming?

Your power supply is not a good one. It won't affect your system performance but I wouldn't be surprised if it died an early death.

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March 20, 2012 at 13:31:59
The manufacturer of the graphics card is AMD (as ATI and AMD are nowadays the same company). Memory of the card is GDDR5.
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March 20, 2012 at 14:16:11
"i usually turn off my anti virus when playing something that requires a lot of performance"

Name the anti-virus soft. Something is wrong with your system, what games do u have difficult playing and at what resolution?

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March 20, 2012 at 23:21:55
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The problems are with skyrim(high preset with tuned down shadows, random fps drops to ~10 fps from over 40), WoW(during 25 people raids, which require the most performance, works 60fps most of the time, almost freezes during some fights for 5-20 seconds), and minecraft(general 35 fps, again with lag spikes at 192m view distance) due to a recent doubled world height. I play all of them at 1280x1024 expect for minecraft of which I play with around 600x800 to improve performance

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