Okay so basically I am overclocking my Phenom 550 BE using a stock fan seeing as how I really don't wanna get a third-market cooler (at least for now).
Basically, I have set the multiplier to 17x (3.4 Ghz) and run stress tests where the max temps were 55-57c. I wanted to know if those temps were fine when overclocking a Phenom 550. I know it's a pretty newbie question, but I just want to be sure.
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How long did you run the stress test and which tests were they?
If your stock cooler can get your temps to stay that low with P95, then you've got a chip that can stay cool and you may not need a better cooler but that is rare. Most users with that model CPU usually have to get a better cooler to run it full-time overclocked.