Hey, if you've saw my post on my fried motherboard you'd understand why I'm scared to OC, but want to.
Bascially, I had a stable overclock for an i7 860 with a Corsair H50 cooler inside of an NZXT M59 case. Then about a few months later when rendering my first video in adobe premiere(I was trying it out, I used sony vegas), my pc turned off and smoke came out of my PC. Turns out, the motherboard was fried.
I go out to get another motherboard and case, and wind up getting an Asus motherboard and a CM Hyper 212+ cooler, all to go inside my brand new CM HAF 932 case. I build it, and everything's working fine, but I still didn't overclock.
So, i7 869, CM Hyper 212+, CM HAF 932 case. Current temps are idle: 25C, prime95: 40-45C.
well that was probably why your old board fried, 10 - 15 mins is not long enough using prime95. there are varying opinions on how long to run prime, i leave mine over nite so between 8 - 12 hours. some people say that 24 hours is needed.
i personly run it for a long period of time as i dont want any componants frying.
not going above 45c is good for intel burn, so you clearly have scope for overclocking.
the best way to overclock i have found is
- search the internet for overclocking results to get an idea of your proccessor and what to aim for ( remember all cpu's are different)
- work out the max temps and voltages for your chip (do not exceed them)
- overclcok gradualy changing individual settings so you can work out what setting caused any problems.
- after each setting change run prime for 30 mins monitoring the temps using core temp.
- when you reach your goal or can not run prime with out errors back the settings down and run prime overnite or while at work.
also look at cpu-z good bit of software to see proccessor setings.
these are the steps that i took, when i had finished my overclock i then posted my bios settings up for the pros to look at and comment.