Hi i want to overclock my cpu, since in some games (GTA4) it is bottlenecking my performance. however i only have a stock cooler and would rather not have to buy a new fan. if i have to get one i would appreciate opinions on the best cpu coolers. another possible problem is that i only have a 650w power supply and a large portion of that powers my 4870x2. i still want to keep the stability of my current system. how far do you think i could OC it with out any negative effects?
so long as you keep within 1.3625 volts, it should be ok... i would say somewhere within the 3.4-3.6ghz region is the max on the stock cooler. seriously though, i wouldn't bother. the 45nm cooler is so tiny i cried for joy when i remembered i bought an S1283
ok i made that part up. but seriously. just brag a S1283 and the backplate. cost you less than $40, and it will overclock to speeds MUCH faster than a processor $100 more expensive... my vote is for the S1283+backplate for sure. every little clock counts in GTA 4
When applying thermal paste with the Xigmatek cooler, apply a thin layer across the CPU IHS (top) or across the whole base of the heatsink. The paste won't spread properly through contact because of the gaps between the heatpipes and the base.