Hi, I've never overclocked before, but I am now looking to get a little more juice out of my processor and don't want to spend hundreds on a minor upgrade..
I'm using an i7-920 @ 2.66ghz. I want to OC to 3.0ghz.
Currently, I'm at a 133mhz with a 20x multiplier.
My mobo is the EVGA X58 (Tri-SLI)
From what I've read, you don't need to change voltages to get to 3.0ghz. I installed EVGA leet and am going to overclock the QPI and PCIe to raise from 133mhz to 150mhz for 3Ghz. But, before I do that, I wanted to see if my case is cool enough for overclocking. (My case is the Antec 900 and I am using the stock i7 cooler)
Nearly idle CPU (about 3% load)
Prime 95 Test
I'm not sure what is making my computer so hot. Perhaps it is because I live in Florida and it is naturally 85-90 outside and high humidity. My case has 2 intake fans on the front panel, a large outtake fan on top, and another outtake fan at the back.
So, what do you think? Is this too hot? Also, what do you think about my overclocking idea?
All PC specs
i7 920 @ stock with stick cooler
EVGA superclocked Geforce 260 GTX
6GB DDR3 Corsair 1333
800 Watt BFG PSU
1TB Caviar Black 7200RPM and 500GB Seagate Barricuda 7200RPM
The reason temps are so high is because you are still using the stock cooler and the stock cooler really isnt even enough for a stock clocked i7 920.
Your temps are at the max safe temps so I wouldnt recommend OCing.
Another reason your temps are high is because Turbo mode is enabled so the CPU will automatically OC to 3.2ghz under load.
I would recommend upgrading the cooler to the Hyper212+ it is the best budget cooler out and is highly recommended on the forums.