I have the same exact cpu... It does a great job but it doesn't overclock easy.
For 3Ghz stable you will need to move up the voltage at 1.45v
I ran mine at 3Ghz for a week or 2 then put it back down to 2.73...
That is just me, I am not a fan of higher voltages even if my temps never passed 65
I just moved the bus speed from 200 to 210... it's pnuts but no voltage added and it runs everything at high settings using a GTX260 216
@coolit that look like a pretty good cooler with good reviews. At the moment im gettin 67 degrees just playing Modern warfare 2 with stock cooler & cheap CPU paste.
I've been looking at the Zalman CNPS7000C-CU but i dont know if it supports AM2+.
I want to spend around £30-£35 which would be around $60 i guess, want a decent one. I've got 2 120MM case fans, one of the fans is directly hitting the side of the CPU heatsink which should help it i guess.
Not the Arctic 7, the Arctic 64. Arctic cooling sells two versions. The 64 is for AMD and it uses the stock bracket. The 7 is for intel, but does come with hardware for an amd install. But why do the extra work?
I've got a Phenom 9850 that hits 3.0Ghz easy with 1.325V. I don't push it any further because it's simply too hot, I've only got a Hyper TX3 cooling it, it reaches 57C under full load.
And $100 will get you an Athlon II X4 that performance wise is almost identical to Phenom X4 when clocked the same. Difference is the Athlon will consume much less power, produce much less heat, and overclock to 3.5Ghz+ without much of a challenge. And I can tell you first hand the Athlon II runs much cooler. Like I said my Phenom is 57C full load clocked at 3.0Ghz, well I've got an Athlon II X4 630 that only reaches 49C full load at 3.5Ghz. Both on the Hyper TX3.
I was looking to offer him a Athlon II X4 620/630 because it would be much faster, cooler and MUCH more overclockable than what he has now. But telling him a Athlon II is as fast as a Phenom II at the same speed is just plain NOT true. The Phenom II is much faster than the Athlon II in gaming due to the L3 cache.
You might want to reread what I said. It clearly says "Athlon II X4 that performance wise is almost identical to Phenom X4 when clocked the same" I didn't even mention Phenom II.