How do you keep up with the newest computer technology? The cost of purchasing a new Computer Processing Unit (CPU) is quite high and it seems that with new applications there is a constantly growing need for more memory and more computer speed. It often seems that just as a new CPU is introduced it is already becoming obsolese. There is a solution, however, for increasing your computer's processing capabilities and it is not to purchase a new one every 6 months.


Rather, many people choose to overclock the CPUs that they already have-which is a much more cost-effective option in most cases. Clocking refers to the speed at which a computer processes things and is expressed in the number of clock cycles per minute. Overclocking is a means of increasing that number thereby giving added power and efficiency to all of your computer's operations.

This can make a huge difference in your computer's ability to effectively and quickly run games and video-heavy applications. Video editing, in particular, will benefit greatly from overclocking. It is generally agreed that if you are able to increase the speed of your computer by only 10% that you will not really notice any appreciable change in the computer performance. However, you should be able to increase the speed up to 900% with proper overclocking.

When you are considering overclocking your computer you will need to get some professional advice on how to do it correctly in order to avoid damaging your computer components and your data. You may choose to work on increasing the clocking of your central processing unit (CPU), random access memory (RAM) or graphics card. If you are not properly instructed in how to correctly overclock your computer, a variety of problems can result. For example, because you are running your computer with additional clock cycles, it is possible to overheat the unit.

You will need to utilize a mechanism for dealing with the extra heat to avoid damage to your computer components. You may wish to use a high-powered fan system, as this is the easiest to install but there are other options available. You may also use a water-cooling or thermodynamic cooling system, which are both very effective though potentially more expensive. Getting a book on overclocking will help you to get the most performance out of your computer, while minimizing such problems.

Another issue that you need to be aware of is that overclocking can create problems with system stability. Because you are operating the system outside of the manufacturer's suggested operating conditions, incompatibility problems can lead to bugs or errors. While some of these might be minor, some can be serious enough to compromise your computer system. Other instability problems may cause data loss, which again underscores the importance of obtaining guidance in overclocking techniques. Overclocking is a great, cost-effective way to maximize the effectiveness of your computer and keep it up to date without investing in a new CPU.