AMD Phenom II X4 965 w/ Stock Fan => Overclock?

Hi guys,
I have read a lot of post on overclocking AMD x4 965.. well everyone recommend not to use the stock fan that comes with it, but rather get aftermarket one. I an planning to overclock it from 3.4ghz to at least 4ghz.

So what you guys think, it should be ok to overclock my cpu to 4hgz without having to buy an aftermarket cooler?

Anyone have the experiences if it should be ok for me to overclock my CPU to 4ghz without wasting money on buying a new cooler?

If I do have to buy which is the best for this CPU? I read a site and some people recommended:

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010&cm_re=H50-_-35-181-010-_-Product

Any experiences and feedbacks would be appericated and helpful for me and for people who are in the same boat as me. Thanks
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  1. You should definitely buy an aftermarket cooler if you hope to get to 4GHz, the H50 isnt great, it performs about as well as a good air cooler but costs a lot more. The Hyper 212+ does quite well and is significantly cheaper
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product
  2. Is the Hyper 212+ that you recommend can be use for AMD? It said its description, COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible...?

    Sorry im newbie about these type of stuff especially I never used any aftermarket cooler before..
  3. It lists that in the header because Intel is a bigger deal to most people than AMD, if you go to its specifications tab, it lists its full compatibility

    Compatibility Intel: Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775
    AMD: Socket AM3 / AM2 / AM2+
  4. Hey,
    What program do I use to test my CPU out once I overclocked it to 4hgz to see if its running stable without crashing??

    People recommend prime95...ALSO what program I use to check my CPU temperature??

    Thanks... I am planning to buy the cooler you recommend, unless there are better ones for about same price...???
  5. hunter315 said:
    It lists that in the header because Intel is a bigger deal to most people than AMD, if you go to its specifications tab, it lists its full compatibility

    Compatibility Intel: Socket LGA1366 / 1156 / 775
    AMD: Socket AM3 / AM2 / AM2+



    Hey,
    What program do I use to test my CPU out once I overclocked it to 4hgz to see if its running stable without crashing??

    People recommend prime95...ALSO what program I use to check my CPU temperature??

    Thanks... I am planning to buy the cooler you recommend, unless there are better ones for about same price...???
  6. Depends on your chip. The C3 stepping has a better range with the stock fan simply because it runs a little cooler. I wouldn't be surprised to see 3.7GHz with the stock fan, so long as you have a really well ventilated case, but 4Ghz, not a chance.
  7. use everest to check your temps
  8. megamanx00 said:
    Depends on your chip. The C3 stepping has a better range with the stock fan simply because it runs a little cooler. I wouldn't be surprised to see 3.7GHz with the stock fan, so long as you have a really well ventilated case, but 4Ghz, not a chance.


    But you think with this recommended cooler==>
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    I should be able to hit 4ghz easy and running it for a for days without worrying that my CPU going be over-heat?

    YOu got any other recommendation for better cooler but doesn't burn the wallet??
  9. I use HW monitor to watch my temps, just make sure you always use the same program because there is variation between the temperatures that each program reads.
  10. I am using a CM Hyper 212+ for my unlocked, overclocked 550 BE. It is a great cooler.
    Probably best bang for your buck out there. With the stock cooler my temperatures got very high very quickly with prime 95 testing. With the new cooler, (and new coolermaster case 690 II advanced!) my temps are ~20 degrees cooler, at load. Let me know if you want more info, I kept pretty good notes, and ran prime95 before and after.

    Btw, if you don't know what my chip is...it's a Phenom 2 X2 550 BE, which basically, when unlocked and overclocked, is the same (pretty much>) as a 965.
  11. gkorjax said:
    I am using a CM Hyper 212+ for my unlocked, overclocked 550 BE. It is a great cooler.
    Probably best bang for your buck out there. With the stock cooler my temperatures got very high very quickly with prime 95 testing. With the new cooler, (and new coolermaster case 690 II advanced!) my temps are ~20 degrees cooler, at load. Let me know if you want more info, I kept pretty good notes, and ran prime95 before and after.

    Btw, if you don't know what my chip is...it's a Phenom 2 X2 550 BE, which basically, when unlocked and overclocked, is the same (pretty much>) as a 965.



    I have this mother-board:

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Would the CM Hyper 212+ fit ?. I think my tower is mid size also..so from your result.... you think I would be able to get to 4ghz fairly easy and producing little heat from using CM hyper 212+???
  12. Hey guys,
    I brought the Cooler Master 212+, anyway..once I take off my stock fan, I need to clean the top of the CPU before I can apply a newly thermal paster?

    By the way, doe the Cooler master 212+ comes with thermal paster ..that liqual thingy you put on top of your CPU before you mount the Cooler ontop of your CPU?? .....HELP I'm newbie about these stuff...
  13. Guys, Whats better for AMD phenom X4 965..

    Coolmaster Hyper 212 plus Cooler OR Cooler Master V8?? HELP PLZ.. decision, decision decision.. :)))
  14. alricking113 said:
    By the way, doe the Cooler master 212+ comes with thermal paster ..that liqual thingy you put on top of your CPU before you mount the Cooler ontop of your CPU?? .....HELP I'm newbie about these stuff...


    LOL, 4GHZ is a laudable goal and good luck with that. However I would think that on a day to day basis that 4ghz is not required. Based on your current level of technical expertises the stock cooler will work fine for say 18x200mhx+=3.6GHZ. It will run anything you might want to do with it very well and last for a long time. Mega is correct 4GHZ is probably not going to happen. I think that the CM 212 is too small for your goal of 4GHZ
  15. The best result I could get from Stock volts and cooler (underated) was 3.69ghz 217mhz x 17, also 200mhz x 18.5 (3.7ghz) and was stable.
    I dont know what you have against aftermarket coolers but you could beef up the fan on your cooler it has been done before other than that the stock has a good fin and pipe set up, its just a puny 60mm fan that puts everyone off.
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