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Overclocking and Cooling?

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January 8, 2013 6:50:52 PM

Alright, so I would like to overclock my AMD Athlon II (Yes, my motherboard supports it) and my 1 stick (Possibly 2 sticks in the near future) of 4gb DDR3 Ram. I need more cooling though, and I'm on a tight budget. When I run CPU BURN IN for about 30 min. I top at 55 degrees Celsius. I know I need to stay below 60, but that obviously won't happen when I overclock. I currently have 3 fans, the stock that came on the Processor (It's only 2 weeks old) an exhaust fan, and a small .12A fan blowing from the front of the computer to the back. I am contemplating a case fan, but how much would this help? Would just one fan do enough for me to overclock? If not, what kind of setup should I use and how much should I spend?

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January 9, 2013 7:46:30 PM

If your overclocking you need a new cpu fan a case fan just wont do it it may drop temps by 2-3 degrees but it just wont be enough for overclocking when you bump the voltage.
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January 9, 2013 7:51:48 PM

The fan isn't going to be the biggest player here. The biggest problem is the heatsink you have (probably) stock. In order to drop temperatures you need to have a better heatsink. The better the cooling efficiency of the heatsink/fan combination, the cooler your CPU will stay. I'd look into compatible heatsinks as I don't recommend ever overclocking with the stock cooling setup.
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