how to overclock a p4 2.8GHz from dell?

Dell / DIMENSION 3000
December 14, 2009 at 15:12:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 2038 MB
hi all,

i am looking to start to overclock my computer
but before i try any funny stuff i wanted to
come somewhere that i know people know
what they are talking about. so my specs are:

Intel P4 2.8 GHz 533 MHz FSB
2 GB generic RAM
MOBO: Dell E210882
Sound Card: Creative PCI
Wireless: Linksys WMP300 External Antenna
DVD/CD: Generic
HDDs: 80 GB WD, 25 GB Seagate, 20 GB
Seagate
Ethernet Conn.: not used
PSU: Antec 300 W
CPU Cooling: Copper Fan Tower
BIOS: Phoenix A03 Rev.

Can i overclock this setup? if i can PLEASE
let me know. I would like to push my computer
a little farther than what i am currently getting
out of it. Looking to possibly hit 3.0 GHz on this. On air cooling. I have some extra methods of cooling.


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#1
December 14, 2009 at 15:41:47
There is a CPU/Overclocking forum for these questions.
You may be disappointed with the outcome as I've read that many Dell branded motherboards come with dumbed down bios that usually lacks the overclocking options that may be available in non-oem versions of the same board. Dell doesn't build the board themselves but has it made/modified to their specification.

Here's some interesting reading on your board from a different forum:
http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/...

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
December 14, 2009 at 19:51:43
It's not worth the effort.

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#3
December 14, 2009 at 20:39:42
U can try to use software like cpufsb

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#4
December 16, 2009 at 11:54:07
actually i have tried little apps like that and it shows that the multiplier and fsb are all locked and i have even used clockgen (maybe) and i never got any of them to work.


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#5
December 16, 2009 at 12:13:30
That's Dell for you. They definitely don't want their customers mucking about with the default settings. That way their "technical support" people don't have to be trained in real world IT. Just follow the script.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#6
December 16, 2009 at 13:25:20
no kidding. i hate dell. i will never be buying a dell that is pre built. lol i will create my own. mine are always really nice. lol a little on the expensive side for someone in high school going into college.

hey thanks anyways. i appreciate those who looked to try and help me. :)

i will definitely be coming back to this forum for more help in future.


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#7
December 16, 2009 at 15:57:32
"i have even used clockgen (maybe) and i never got any of them to work"

You don't just install it & use it, you have to set it up to work with the clock generator chip on your board. If you don't know which chip your board uses, you'll have to open the case, find it on the board, write it down, then enter it into clockgen. Once the program is setup properly, THEN try overclocking.

And just so you know, the max safe overclock for a 533MHz FSB (133MHz freq) CPU is 600MHz (150MHz freq). Any higher than that & the PCI/AGP will go too far out of spec & you can encounter all sorts of problems.

It's not worth the effort.


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#8
December 16, 2009 at 19:48:31
wouldn't even be worth the effort even if you had a motherboard that could overclock it. I mean what are you trying to achive overclocking that old processor?

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#9
December 16, 2009 at 19:56:24
Cobra R: "wouldn't even be worth the effort even if you had a motherboard that could overclock it. I mean what are you trying to achive overclocking that old processor?"

what am i trying to achieve by overclocking the only processor i have? well, more speed obviously. i currently have two pentium processors. A p4 which is what i was asking about and a p3 which i would also love to overclock but have never found out how to. so i didnt bother asking.


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#10
December 16, 2009 at 20:11:28
Yeah but more speed for what was my question. What are you doing with it now that you are going to notice any diff in overclocking it then what it's currently running now.....

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#11
December 17, 2009 at 15:19:17
That's why jam said it isn't worth the effort. Any positive overclocking results would only show up when running some benchmarking program; you'd see absolutely no real world improvement.

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