How safe is overclocking?

I have a P4 3.0Ghz prescott. I oc it to 3.4 but only for short periods. I only have a stock cooler but I do have a Thermaltake case with plenty of cooling. I'm thinking of installing the Zalman CNPS9500A cooler and oc it to 3.6Ghz and leave it at that. The question is is it only heat that will damage the CPU? With plently of cooling do you think i'll damage my CPU? The hottest my CPU has got so far is about 58c with stock cooler.

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  1. stay cool , ( go see your cpu max heat capacities ) keep your ram / cpu stable and everything will be fine ...

    OC is nothing bad if u dont over heat , over volts ...
  2. OCing is safe if you keep your temperatures low and voltage within Intel's specs.
  3. Thanks guys.
  4. However, don't assume that leaving the voltage at "auto" and boosting the FSB speed will keep the voltage within Intel's specs. Many boards boost the voltage on "auto" according to the FSB speed in a rather crude fashion.
  5. be sure to set pci to 33.33 and pci express to 100.00 , just to not frie your stuff !
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