Overclocking is not as difficult as you’d imagine. Indeed plenty of modern motherboards sell themselves on how easy they make squeezing a bit more performance out of your CPU. Some of these will offer you a single click option to try and get more from your chip, while those that relish a more hands-on challenge can go down the manual route. Something for everyone, basically.
Starting from the basics, you may be wondering what overclocking is. The good news is that’s a fairly easy thing to answer: as the name suggests it’s about running a component, in this case, your Intel CPU, at a high frequency, or clock speed, than intended. It gets a bit more complicated straight away though because as you run the chip faster it produces more heat, and becomes more unstable.
Staying on top of the thermals is key to overclocking.