Many users are happy with their home computing experience, until they read an article about overclocking, and realise they can make their computer run a little, or a lot faster. For many, this is just a point of interest, or getting more value for your money, while for others it becomes a hobby or obsession. Years ago, it was quite a rebellious thing to be doing, as the processor makers didn’t want their parts running too fast or too hot. Now, they all provide official apps to make it a safe trick to perform.
Inside most desktop and laptop computers is a collection of moving parts. There are hard disk drives, optical drives and fans to cool the processor and blow hot air out of the system. These all add to the noise the PC makes, and with modern processors easily running over 45 degrees Celsius, the fans trying to keep it cool usually make the most racket, distracting users from their office or home computing.