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My fix: Underclock my computer

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Every computer nerd knows about "overclocking". Overclocking is, to be brief, pumping more power through your computer in order to force it to run faster. After literally melting a stick of RAM inside my computer, I realized how stupid and wasteful the endeavor was, and thought it would be fun to do the opposite.

Sure, some stores sell "green-PC's", but this is a buzzword typically used to sell weak, old machines that are simply "green" because they aren't powerful and thus don't need much electricity.

I am planning to take my beast of a machine, which is used for gaming and processing HD video (both very intensive) and try to get it to operate on as little electricity as possible! This will cut energy costs and save electricity.


This is a new fix that doesn't have a guide yet - this user's exploring uncharted territory, and will write a guide when they're done!


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Alex J Fierro Feb. 4, 2009
Starting Point:

Intel Core2Quad Q6600, overclocked to 2.9 GhZ
Thermaltake 120mm Rifle Cooler
Asus P5Q Pro Motherboard
8GB OCZ Reaper DDR-1066, overclocked. (4-4-4-4-2.1V)
ATI HD4850 512MB Video Card
700 W Power Supply
DVD-RW Reader/Burner
2 640GB - 7200rpm Hard Drives
1 300GB - 10000rpm Hard Drive
3 Scythe Cooling Fans, 2 120mm, 1 60mm
NZXT Hush Case, with lighting kit.

I have a lot of fat to chew. :-D

Jeff Gunther Feb. 8, 2009
I didn't know you could actually melt RAM. I love this idea. Be sure to keep writing blogs to keep us up to date.

Also, I'd like to point out that your computer's power supply is over 8 times as large as mine. That's a bit crazy.
Alex J Fierro Feb. 9, 2009
My RAM comes stock with attached heatsinks and the RAM got so hot, the glue holding the sinks on liquified. [No, I did not actually melt the silicon, though I tried :-) ] The power supply is actually recycled from an old build, I was going to get an 850W Corsair for this rig, but oddly enough deemed it overkill.

...I ordered a Kill-A-Watt meter from ThinkGeek so I'll have some real data soon... I'm also going to turn it into dual boot Vista Ultimate and Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.6, so I'll see which OS sucks less juice idle and load.

Will keep updated!
Alex J Fierro Feb. 17, 2009
Got the Kill-A-Watt today, so data is coming soon.
Susan Gunther Feb. 19, 2009
Am waiting also, being such the computer nerd also. (love the picture!)
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