Am I going to mess up my CPU??

Just started overclocking my new build and it's crazy fast - but I'm worried something might happen to it.
Last I checked in the BIOS, the CPU temp was at a comfortable 34 - 38 degrees Celsius. However, it seems hard to believe I can continously run at 4.2 GHz on my CPU and keep it intact.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
SSD: Intel 120 GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 680
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB (16GB total)
PSU: Corsair HX650w
CPU: Intel i7-3770K
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
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  1. You can use a program called "CPU Temp" to see the temperature of your CPU during load. I suggest doing a stress test like Prime95 and looking at the temperatures during that test.
  2. Used CPU temp. Running stable at 4.2 GHz. Thanks!
  3. Why is it hard to believe? 4.2 is nothing for that chip...
  4. Because this is my first home built and I'm coming from an iMac running at 2.6 GHz.
  5. coming from a Mac? Glad you found out about real PC's
  6. Yeah agreed Mansfield. You should definitely use Intel Burn In Test for stress testing. You MUST do this. And also use a program called Core Temp for your temps. And use CPU Z to verify your overclock and for system specs. This is a MUST for overclocking. No one who has every OCed they're CPU did not use these programs. Gotta do it or it's not a stable overclock or at least you'll never know.
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