I have a fairly simple question. I have a 3.16Ghz Core 2 Duo that I am looking to overclock to 4.0Ghz. I have an Asetek water cooler with a fan on the rad and 6 additional case fans. The case fans are attached to a controller. I have two thoughts for the rad/cpu fan. Should I plug it into the mobo and let it control the speed or should I just plug it directly into the PSU and run it at 100% all of the time?
+1 to amuffin, however just because we can stick a closed loop cooler doesn't mean you achieve that magical overclocking goal of 4GHz without facing pandora. There are a lot of factors involved in going to that number.
* just remember to have the pump header off of a fan header on mobo that is set to run at maximum in BIOS, you could damage it by providing less power than it needs.
Overclocking rarely is limited by the CPU cooler but rather by the user's ability to overclock and the components being used to do so. The issue isn't whether the Asetek cooler is going to allow you to reach 4.0ghz, it's whether or not your CPU and MB are well-suited to allow this and if you have the patience and understanding to go through the BIOS settings to get you where you want to be.
I have been pouring through the Core 2 OC guide for the last day or so. I have a pretty solid understanding of what is involved. I believe the Wolfdale and the MSI P45 are a well matched pair for the OC goal that I have.
Hate to break the bad news, but you'll have a much tougher time reaching high OC's with all dimms populated and that too at max ram support. On top of that, if you manage to get your clocks right, tweaking them would be a PITA as the NB would dump a good amount of heat aka your memory controller.
I agree, I have Win7 Ultimate on another machine and love it. Just the OEM install from Vista-32 did not want to happen. I had to employ quite a bit of trickery to get the install dvd to boot. Up and running and installing updates now.
Yeah, I too made the jump from XP ~> 7 never felt better, thought vista was crap(courtesy of a pals installation needs) and what Rubix said is spot on, clean installs are the way to go with 7, vista also likes to throw any rotten vegetables at you whenever you want to migrate...Just an FYI in-case you do this with any other machines.
I think I have a happy tower at 3.70 Ghz. 4.0 would not even boot, 3.9 was intermittent. 3.8 would boot but I had what I think was a RAM failure 1 hour into the load test. I ran one 13 hour load test at 3.75 with no issues. I don't like to run on the edge of stability so I dropped it down to 3.70 Ghz. Currently running a 24 hour burn test on it, I do not expect any issues. CPU temps do not go past 58 degrees at 100% load. It's running smooth as silk right now.