overclocking oem pentium 4

Dell / Dimension 4550
June 29, 2013 at 16:40:11
Specs: Windows XP, 2.392 GHz / 767 MB
i want/need to overclock a Pentium 4 cpu in an OEM system.
i know that OEM's are usually lockdown but is there anyway i can overclock, even a little.
System is currently too slow for normal everyday use, lag spikes during the simplest operations are common.
If it would be possible to get it to 2.6 ghz it would be much appreciated.
I have already added more ram, it may be possible to get it to 1gb if i am a Fry's again.
NOTE: This may only accomplish so much, as cpu only has 256k of L2 cache ( i think).
EDIT: also it is only single-core

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June 29, 2013 at 18:10:35
Overclocking an OEM computer is an all around bad idea. Th best way to do overclocking is through the BIOS and OEM systems rarely provide the means. Overclocking means higher power consumption and more heat and OEM systems are poorly equipped to handle either. Manufacturers are well aware of this and as a result only provide the most basic settings in the BIOS. This protects you from failures and them from the resulting warranty claims.

There are other methods of overclocking that may be possible but they are rarely satisfactory.

As to the performance benefits: Simple math tells us that overclocking from 2.392 to 2.6 is about a 8.7% gain in performance, if clock rate were the only factor. Which it isn't. Real world gains are unlikely to be noticeable.

Bottom line is that overclocking is going to be difficult, risky, and provide at best only minimal gains, if it succeeds at all.

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June 29, 2013 at 20:40:52
Are these your current specs? --> Specs: Windows XP, 2.392 GHz / 767 MB

Overclocking can't make up for lack of hardware. You need more RAM & I'm guessing a graphics card too. I wouldn't sink too much money into a system that old though & new DDR1 memory is WAY overpriced these days. Try a local computer shop, flea market, Craigslist, or eBay. Your system maxes out at 2GB (2x1GB), with any luck you should be able to get used pair for about $20. Go the used route for the graphics too - new AGP cards are expensive, maybe you can find a used one for about $10.

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July 1, 2013 at 05:57:09
I understand that the increase would be minimal, but i really just need it to account for minor lags when playing things like small videos, jus to smooth out operations. And I looked this system up (and dell support also told me) that this paticular system only can handle 1GB.

Getting new AGP would be easy, i have a friend who might give one up.

@LMiller7, what excatly is that alternative form of overclocking?

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July 1, 2013 at 06:51:22
You have an OEM system so overclocking would have to be done thru software. And as far as I know, you will have to re-overclock each time the system is rebooted because the software doesn't reload on startup (I could be wrong about that). Regardless, software overclocking doesn't provide access to all the settings needed to overclock properly (mulitpliers, RAM settings, voltages, PCI/PCIe bus, etc), all it allows you to do is increase the FSB. As the FSB increases, so do all the other related buses, & as these buses go out of spec, problems begin.

The bottomline is what I said in my other response - overclocking cannot make up for lack of hardware. You need more RAM & a decent graphics card, end of story. And your system DOES support 2GB (2 x 1GB) RAM, all it takes is a little research to confirm:





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July 1, 2013 at 09:17:13
See the following article, it's old but so is your computer: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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