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Hi, I'm new to overclocking and was thinking of getting into it.

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June 19, 2009 3:14:04 AM

After about 1 year of using a computer at stock settings, I think it's high time for me to overclock or at least get some experience doing so.
My specs (all at stock settings):
Chipset: DFI x38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: 4GB g.skill ddr2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
VisionTek 4870 512 GB (It came without a fan)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: q9450 @2.67
Aside from that I have:
PSU: 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I use air cooling Air cooling: 5 of these and a stock fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Cooler Master Stacker 830

I might decide to upgrade my rig slowly but for now I want to gain experience and overclock my computer.

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June 19, 2009 3:24:49 AM

Read the C2D and C2Q overclocking sticky at the top of this forum, it'll help you alot.
a c 197 K Overclocking
June 19, 2009 1:52:31 PM

You will not get far on stock air.
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June 19, 2009 2:36:13 PM

+1, I agree with jsc.
a b K Overclocking
June 20, 2009 3:29:36 PM

Xyiitol said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5 of these is considered stock cooling?


Yes - those are considered "extra fans".

These are random examples of "non-stock" cooling:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IOW, removing as much heat as possible from the cpu as fast as possible.

Stock cooling refers to using the cooler that comes with the purchased cpu. That cooler is designed to keep the cpu under red-line under normal, stock, operating conditions.
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