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How do most people reach there limit ie Temp Voltage or stability

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a b K Overclocking
June 10, 2010 10:51:44 PM

I just wondered what makes most people decide they have reached there overclock limit. Is it temperature, stability, they think the voltage is to high or they fry a CPU?

I stopped when any small increase increased the temperature 3-4C, just thought around 12mhz per C was not worth it even though its not that high.
a b K Overclocking
June 11, 2010 12:09:21 AM

Overclocking to me is only a means to increase bang/buck, insofar as I notice a difference. I'd say that temperature starting to go up, with increasing fan noise, indicates the stopping point; my OCs therefore tend to be mild, as I'd rather not have the noise.
a b K Overclocking
June 11, 2010 12:43:24 AM

I usually just wait till I see a little bit of smoke come out of the back of the case, then I lower it a little bit :D 
a c 197 K Overclocking
June 18, 2010 5:59:51 PM

Three Core2 systems - all within recommended Intel voltage and temperature limits, so limits were stability as defined by 24 Prime95 small fft test runs.