Ok, I have my gaming pc in an old copmaq micro atx case. Almost everything in it is budget or used. The motherboard barely allows for the OCing of my athlon x2 4850. Currently, I can only figure out how to get it up to 2.62ghz. This is with low temps and I have a good heatsink(although idk what kind). I only know how to use the simple OCing tools in bios, so maybe I'm missing how to actually OC correctly?
I have two main plans for my system.
The first is to build a new acrylic cube atx case.
The second is to add water cooling. However, I have only just begun to look at water cooling seriously, and I wonder if it is too expensive. Obviously, almost any kit or separate parts will soar past my budget. My question here is whether I might build my own components such as the resivour. Maybe substitute a small pump instead of one designed for water cooling to reduce costs even more? Is the pressure in the system really that bad? Or should I just assume that any parts I build to contain the coolant will fail?
from the top of my head, my system is
athlon x2 4850 @2.62ghz
Evgs geforce 9800gx2
Corsair 2x2gb pc2-6400 800mhz
Ocz 600w psu with sli
Western digital caviar black 1tb
Also, my pc died
It looked like hdd failure but the hdd still works fine.
The system powers on but tv graphics card never is recognized. Nothing is put out through the graphics card or the onboard 6150se graphics. Nothing is recognized as far as I can tell, and I assume that these are the symptoms of a broken motherboard? It needs replaced anyway, but I want to have other's opinions before jumping into the market. As mentioned before, my budget is limited. I am in high school with no job, so anything that I buy would have to be very moderately priced. This entire setup cost me less than $400 so understand that I really can't spend much.