As a computer gets older and the technology more antiquated, many PC owners find themselves looking for new ways of extending their computer's life cycle. One of the ways you do this is by overclocking your CPU. Overclocking a processor is not an overly difficult task, though you should always use extreme caution when overclocking your computer's components.
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Restart your PC.
Enter your BIOS by pressing "F2" when your motherboard or PC manufacturer's logo appears on the screen. This takes you to the blue BIOS menu.
Navigate to the "Advanced Chipset" options using the arrow keys on your keyboard and hit "Enter" to go into the menu.
Locate the "Frequency/Voltage Control" option and press "Enter" to enter the submenu.
Highlight the "Front-Side Bus" option and press "Enter." Now use the arrow keys to adjust the FSB speed. When done, press "ESC" or "Escape."
Adjust the "Voltage" option accordingly. Raise the voltage in small increments; otherwise, you risk burning out your CPU and damaging your PC. Once done, press "ESC" to exit the menu. Keep pressing "ESC" until you are prompted to leave your BIOS. At this point, save your options and leave.
Tips and warnings
- Calculate your processor's speed by multiplying the front-side bus speeds by the multiplier that is listed in the menu.
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