It's actually better to have lower temperatures, it provides more overclocking headroom in the sense that you do not reach temperature limitations as quickly.
Sorry, but I personally cannot help you overclock your Phenom X4 9550, but I suggest you look up a few guides, and if you encounter any problems, ask us.
The reason why I was concerned is because I've reapplied my heatsink many times because of switching motherboards (one is damaged) and Maybe i didn't put enough thermal paste? I made sure to spread it out. When i watched videos they told me to use enough to cover the processor and that's it.
I clocked up to 2.410 Ghz and my computer crashed half way in the OCCT test. My RAM speed is 667, and I'm using a stock cooler. Do i need higher RAM speed or can i just buy a new heatsink. Does the voltage of my CPU cause the crash? I left everything default except the CPU clock speed
Im new to the overclocking scene myself. Today I tried overclocking my Core 2 Duo E6850 from 3.0GHz to 3.6GHz. Although it POST checked fine, it stalled at the windows boot screen and that was after adjusting the FSB and Voltages. I think overclocking results are unique with different hardware - you just need the time to try tiny adjustments to see what is right and what isnt - from what i read, overclocking is not something you do in 5 minutes and then reem from the benefits.
When you said average temps. Is that average temps in prime95 or just idle?
Either way, 30-40 isn't out of the ordinary. If you have something like 25C at full load, then I would question the sensor.
i realized that they were idle temperatures. I've read that when you overclock it is better to down clock the ram, is this true? earlier i did while putting my bus (i think that's what is called) at 230.