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Obligatory "Want to Overclock But No Idea Where To Start" Post

BRIAN BLESSEDBRIAN BLESSED Maybe you aren't SPEAKING LOUDLY ENOUGHHHRegistered User regular
As noted above.

My PC is currently in a state of transition. Looking to squeeze some last blood out of my old stone as I try and get the most out of an upcoming new graphics card upgrade. And by stone, I mean a i5-750 (2.67GHz) attached to a GA-P55USB3.

With a bit of light reading, I've heard that it's a setup that can be fairly comfortable with overclocking, and to my pleasant surprise I seem to have set myself up somewhat decently by installing a Zalman cooler (CNPS9900) a couple years back when the Intel fan ate shit (RealTemp currently lists my minimum temperature at what I assume to be a fairly reasonable 33 degrees Celsius, and a pretty toasty 63 degrees at maximum load)

So I guess what I need is some guidance to start learning how to overclock. A beginner's reference about what to learn/understand, an idiots guide as to where to start, or what to run, that sort of thing. I've used a handful of diagnostics in the past, and I've had my fair share of time spent playing around with the BIOS settings, but that's experience mostly spent in the old days of setting up computers in the Windows 2000 era and I'd like to start with the absolute basics just to be sure.
So if any kind soul deigns to help me out, feel free to start with the assumption that I'm a moron who doesn't know a whole lot. :P

To be clear, I'm not aiming for an exorbitant clock speed. I want to keep it pretty conservative (probably at, preferably under the 3.2GHz mark), since my motherboard and CPU have had a hell of a lot of mileage to them. That mileage included a short period before I changed out the fan in which the computer shut itself off several times a day hitting CPU temperatures of above 80 degrees before I realised what was happening.

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Looks like that particular motherboard has a "one click overclocking" thing built into it's "smart 6" management thing. Might dig around in there. I know lately there's a been a few motherboards which handle it for you.

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    BRIAN BLESSEDBRIAN BLESSED Maybe you aren't SPEAKING LOUDLY ENOUGHHH Registered User regular
    Yeah I just plugged around in that and got some basic boosts to 3.0 Ghz.

    For some reason I've heard a lot of horror stories about those first-party OC programs not configuring voltage properly or mucking up voltage settings, though. I'd really like to figure out the basics of doing it manually someday!

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