How to Make My CPU Speed Faster

by Jesse Adams

Whether it's for gaming or watching high-definition media on your computer, there may be a cheaper way to speed up your computer processor than spending the extra money for a new component. Almost every CPU can be overclocked, which is essentially hacking the device to squeeze every ounce of speed possible out of it. Overclocking can be hard work but profitable in the end as it can increase speed by 10 percent or more.

Overclocking the CPU Manually


Unplug the computer and any peripherals, such as keyboards, monitors and USB devices.


Ground yourself to rid your body of potentially damaging static electricity. This can be done by simply touching the metal part of the computer case before touching any of the electronic equipment. Static electricity can fry and permanently damage your machine.


Locate the jumpers that control the processor speed. These are two blue block-like devices near the processor.


Remove the blue cover from the block to reveal a series of notches.


Use your needlenose pliers to adjust the jumpers. This is where your research will come in handy. As every processor is different, there are different instructions to overclocking each model. In most cases, you will be able to find the specific information you need at Use the search function to find your particular CPU model.


Replace the blue covers once the jumpers have successfully been modified to produce greater speed in the processor.


Replace the power source and turn the computer on. If the computer will not boot, try to lower the clock speed of the processor by a few points.

Using the BIOS


Restart your computer and enter the BIOS (the method differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, but common ways to enter the BIOS are to press the DEL key or F1, F2, F11 or F12).


Look for a tab labeled "CMOS Setup Utility" or "CPU Defaults" or something similar. Again, each BIOS utility is designed specifically by the manufacturer, so it can differ. If you cannot find an option to change CPU defaults, you cannot overclock the processor through the BIOS and must use the jumper method.


Modify the CPU Bus Frequency to a number higher than what is shown. For example, if the frequency shown is 200, you should change it to 300.


Under the Health Status tab (or something similar), be sure to enable the option labeled "Protect CPU Overheating." This will protect your CPU from getting too hot and damaging the machine.


Press the ESC key and choose "Save and Exit."


  • check If possible, use the BIOS option before attempting the jumper method. The BIOS option will not allow you to overclock too much, which can permanently damage your computer. It is much safer than the jumper method.
  • check Be sure to back up any important data from your computer.


  • close Overclocking your CPU will void your warranty in most cases.
  • close Going beyond your CPU's maximum speed will likely damage the computer.
  • close Overclocked CPUs will have a much shorter lifespan.

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About the Author

Jesse Adams has written professionally since 2008. He writes tutorials for technology products and websites. His work has been featured by the "International Business Times," and other publications. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University, and is currently working on his PhD in Literature.