Right now, I am setting up a $600 system, and the processor will be an i3-530.

My question for all of you is this: how far can I safely overclock the processor with a stock cooler?

This is what the entire system looks like:

Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
Corsair 550W
Radeon 5770
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 CL7 1.35V RAM
Samsung F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
Antec 300
Samsung 22X SATA DVDRW

(added the parts in for possible voltage issues)

Thank you so much.
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  1. I'm not even sure if the i3 is "conducive" to OCing. In any case, the best way to find out is to start ramping up those setting slowly but surely, and run stability tests with Prime95 to see if things remain stable.
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    Looking good, Right now I'm stress testing I3-530 @ 3.3, will move up after 3.3 passes prime 95.
    Indications are 4.0 on air (But I don't think the majority will get above 3.6 ->3.8)

    Reviews I've found.

    Added - In referernce to your Comment "(added the parts in for possible voltage issues)"
    If you are refering to your Power supply. The corsair is a good PSU. Your system will draw about 100 -> 105W @ Idle and about =< 300 Watts under heavy load (ie running prime 95, or furmark (to test GPU).
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