Can I get better performance?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Euro98ITR, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. Euro98ITR

    Euro98ITR Big Geek

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    My current configuration is as follows:

    CPU : Intel Pentium 4 2.53Ghz
    Code name : Northwood
    Core Speed: 27755.5Mhz using overclock utiltity from mainboard supplier
    FSB: 580.1 Mhz
    Motherboard: Biostar
    Model: P4X266-8325
    Chipset: VIA
    RAM: Samsung DDR-SDRAM PC2100 - 256 MB X 2
    Graphics GeForce4 MX 440 64MB Ram

    Information was provided from CPU-Z.

    I know this isnt a powerfull combination but I bought this system used, 3 years ago at a bargain price.

    Can I overclock this sytem to get better performance? Im not into overclocking ; never done it before.

    This system is used for photo editing, internet browsing and shopping! and some games occasionally like Need for Speed etc.. !!
  2. Big B

    Big B HWF Godfather

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    I don't think Biostar is a brand I'd look for if you're really looking to OC. As I recall the chipset that's utilized in your motherboard (the VIA P4X266) is a single channel solution, and you would gain some performance by going to an i865PE board, which has the ability to lock the AGP and PCI busses, and the P4X266 does not. This, besides whatever voltage adjustments you may or may not have, and that your RAM is only spec'd to run at 266MHz/133MHz (sometimes the latter in your BIOS)

    Quite honestly, you've got a 36.5MHz PCI bus as is (divide your FSB by 4, which currently equals 145MHz and then that result by 4, as your PCI bus is determined by dividers with your chipset, and would b 4 in this case, and equals 36.5). The thing you're looking at as a problem isn't the CPU as much as the RAM (which, if it's good could hit 166MHz, or PC2700 speeds), and the PCI divider. You start getting up around 40MHz on the PCI bus and you'll start seeing your PCI devices (on-board and PCI cards) start to not show up. You're also asking for trouble as your IDE controller is linked to this and will start causing corruption at this point in time.

    However, for what you do, I really can't say overclocking will really do much for you---at least to the extent you'll notice. If you were more into FPS gaming, I'd look at a video card upgrade, but unless you're noticing some serious lag in NFS and/or playing at a high resolution (1280x1024 and up), I'm not sure a video card upgrade/overclocking would do much for you.
  3. Waffle

    Waffle Alpha Geek

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    Well if you don't care too much about screwing up your system, you could just over clock it until it fails to boot, and then knock it back a couple of Mhz!

    Maybe up the RAM to a gig, and get a 9600XT for a decent budget card.
    The processor is fine for the time being, I would say.

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