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Need SUPER DUPER SAFE Overclocking Intel i7 870 2.93Ghz

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November 12, 2012 7:58:00 AM

So for some RANDOM reason I don't know why I saw a H20 Cooler at a store and I bought it. It's a Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer. My Processor really needed a new cooler since my stock was faulty. I don't overclock. But now that I have an awesome Water Cooler, I thought maybe I could overclock it right until it's complete at the border of SAFETY AND RELIABILITY. I was just thinking I have a massive thermal headroom I could tweak it a bit? Please note, I didn't buy the water cooler for overclocking primarily, I bought it cuz it looked cool (lol) and I needed a new cooler.

Could anyone help me overclock? I've never overclocked and don't know anything about it. All I know is it lessens life expectancy, so is there anyway I can maximize my CPU system without actually reducing reliability or lifespan? I know no effect on lifespan is a longshot, but at least minimal? I just really want to get the most of my money. Please I want totally safe overclocking. I can't afford another processor if this one burns. In fact, I don't even want to get close to the point wherein it could burn on me.

These are my specs*(summary):

Intel Core i7 870 @2.93 GHz
Windows 7 64 bit
16 GB RAM
Nvidia GTX 550 ti 1 GB

For the mother board and other things: (Cuz I don't really know)
Manufacturer: Lenovo
Model Number: 7493CTO
Model Name: ThinkCentre M80

Here's the Long DxDiag thing
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System Information
Machine name: THINKCENTREM80
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
System Manufacturer: LENOVO
System Model: 7493CTO
BIOS: LENOVO BIOS Rev: 1.0
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 870 @ 2.93GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16318MB RAM
Page File: 3585MB used, 29049MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode


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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1244&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A1
Display Memory: 4049 MB
Dedicated Memory: 977 MB
Shared Memory: 3072 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor Name: Dell E248WFP(Digital)
Monitor Model: DELL E248WFP
Monitor Id: DELA02E
Native Mode: 1920 x 1200(p) (59.950Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 9.18.0013.0697 (English)
Driver Version: 9.18.13.697
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/3/2012 06:21:00, 18252136 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-5104-11CF-0961-0D201CC2C435}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x1244
SubSys ID: 0x00000000
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Driver Strong Name: oem27.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1:Section024:9.18.13.697:p ci\ven_10de&dev_1244
Rank Of Driver: 00E00003
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
D3D9 Overlay: Supported
DXVA-HD: Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0662&SUBSYS_17AA306F&REV_1001
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6019 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 1/5/2010 17:44:58, 2234400 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

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DirectInput Devices
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Device Name: Mouse
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Keyboard
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Razer Arctosa
Attached: 1
Controller ID: 0x0
Vendor/Product ID: 0x1532, 0x010B
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Razer Arctosa
Attached: 1
Controller ID: 0x0
Vendor/Product ID: 0x1532, 0x010B
FF Driver: n/a

Poll w/ Interrupt: No

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USB Devices
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+ USB Root Hub
| Vendor/Product ID: 0x8086, 0x3B3C
| Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub20
| Service: usbhub
|
+-+ Generic USB Hub
| | Vendor/Product ID: 0x8087, 0x0020
| | Location: Port_#0001.Hub_#0001
| | Matching Device ID: usb\class_09
| | Service: usbhub
| |
| +-+ USB Input Device
| | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x04F2, 0x1165
| | | Location: Port_#0001.Hub_#0003
| | | Matching Device ID: generic_hid_device
| | | Service: HidUsb
| | |
| | +-+ HID-compliant mouse
| | | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x04F2, 0x1165
| | | | Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_mouse
| | | | Service: mouhid

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Gameport Devices
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PS/2 Devices
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+ HID Keyboard Device
| Vendor/Product ID: 0x1532, 0x010B
| Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_keyboard
| Service: kbdhid
|
+ Terminal Server Keyboard Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd
| Upper Filters: kbdclass
| Service: TermDD
|
+ Terminal Server Mouse Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou
| Upper Filters: mouclass
| Service: TermDD

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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
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Drive: C:
Free Space: 163.8 GB
Total Space: 294.0 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: ST3320413AS ATA Device

Drive: D:
Free Space: 103.8 GB
Total Space: 476.9 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: WDC WD5000AAVS-00ZTB0 ATA Device

Drive: Q:
Free Space: 3.6 GB
Total Space: 10.0 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: ST3320413AS ATA Device

Drive: F:
Model: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222AB ATA Device
Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), , 0 bytes

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November 13, 2012 4:10:45 PM
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Overclocking the CPU and memory (I never recommend OCing memory) will be nearly impossible on an OEM system like this one. That being the case, OCing the GPU is still possible.
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November 20, 2012 9:30:48 AM

Oh, so it isn't feasible. Anyways, my GPU is in a hot temp condition, I wouldn't really want to overclock it.

And sorry for the long post, not necessarily a veteran.
November 20, 2012 9:32:29 AM

Best answer selected by alpha1172.
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