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October 23, 2010 1:42:56 PM

Hi all,
I'm was trying to determine if my system would be overclockable using the stock heat sink/fan. I have never tried OCing before so after reading a bit installed Core Temp and prime95. When I ran prime95 (blended) within 4 min my core temp reached 60C so I stopped the test as this seemed quite high and I didn't want to damage anything. I have read that 62 is the max temp for my processor but it seems to have gotten real hot too fast. Can anyone out there help me determine if OC is possible or advisable?
Cheers for reading.

PC specs:
Phenom II x3 720 BE(stock heat sink and fan)
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 BIOS vF4
4GB DDR2
Antec 500w Earthwatts PSU
Antec 300 case

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October 23, 2010 2:25:41 PM

NO way........ dont OC with stock cooler......... the stock cooler is not suitable even without OC under full load............

suggest you go in for a decent cooler depending on your budget...........
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October 23, 2010 2:58:41 PM

^ In most cases a mild to moderate overclock can be achieved even with a stock cooler, provided you have decent airflow and reasonable ambient temperatures.

The coolers job is to keep the temperatures within hardware specification, so not to harm the product. 60c under 100 percent load is perfectly fine. You will not come close to that type of stress even when doing hardcore encoding or gaming, so your normal running temps will be lower than that by a decent margin.

Keep the temperatures under 65c for stress testing/benchmarking, and under 60c for 24/7 operation. If you do that and keep the voltage under max, the chip should last you a long time.
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October 23, 2010 5:27:53 PM

+ 1
As for the temps, you might want to get a cpu cooler, CM hyper 212 + is nice for the price-
October 23, 2010 5:47:49 PM

Any thoughts on the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2, I can get one of those for £15 its gotta be a step up from stock and the 212 is £20. Not that i would quibble over £5 but the artic freezer had better reviews where i was looking on amazon. I also realize that amazon is not the best place for reliable reviews but I have a gift voucher.
Cheers

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-Rev-2-Co...
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October 23, 2010 5:50:10 PM

bailsofhay said:
Any thoughts on the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2, I can get one of those for £15 its gotta be a step up from stock and the 212 is £20. Not that i would quibble over £5 but the artic freezer had better reviews where i was looking on amazon. I also realize that amazon is not the best place for reliable reviews but I have a gift voucher.
Cheers

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-Rev-2-Co...


Hyper 212 + is better

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259468-29-hyper-arcti...

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October 23, 2010 6:02:12 PM
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Yes, as far as the "cheap" heatsink fans go, you really can't beat the 212.

Cost to performance, I personally think the 212 is the best. The Arctic rev. 2 will be a step down in cooling, however, it is cheaper so there's a trade off.

If your going to do any real overclocking, you really should go with the 212 or something with similar or better cooling capability.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
October 23, 2010 7:21:12 PM

Cheers for the resonses everyone, I'm gonna go for a 212 and then see about OCing from there. I read somewhere it is hard to fit in my mobo so maybe I will upgrade a few other things as well while Im at it. He He ;) 
October 30, 2010 1:32:41 AM

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