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October 28, 2010 10:59:21 PM

Hello....

It has been three weeks now and I am running my i930 at 4.0 (191 BLCK x 21 multiplier) with the RAM at 1526.

I have been playing Star Craft II, Civilization 5, all manner of MS Office, watching video (DVD and streaming) and browsing the web. My system has NEVER locked up / BSD once I got the parameters set including BCLK, Vcore, SPI, DRAM Freq / VDRAM, and runs, depending on the app, at 45 - 60c, and I love it and as far as I am concerned, since its never locked up, it is stable.

I have run prime95 for 10 - 15 minutes at a time to test basic temps/stability and the core, using coretemp will hit 75 - 78c on some processors with some processors less, but average around 76 after fifteen minutes.

So here's the question....Prime95 is way more intense than anything I do or plan on doing and this system, and should I do anything like it, I could always tweak it down. So why run Prime95?

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 28, 2010 11:06:15 PM

To make sure your pc is stable at high cpu usage, you may not drive a car at 100mph all the time, but the manufacturers test it to make sure its safe at that speed, same principle :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 29, 2010 3:43:23 AM

^ Exactly. One day you can run in to one of these apps that won't work correctly as your system isn't that stable. If you run some really CPU/RAM sensitive programs (ie CFD,etc) you'll notice this.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
October 30, 2010 12:44:44 PM

If you feel that you do not need to stress test, don't.

I, other the other hand, test both Prime95 small fft's and blend each for 24 hours. But then, I am a little fanatical about stability.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 30, 2010 12:59:54 PM

Personally I dont bother with it, unless I'm building for someone else,
then I feel its my job to make sure it will take a little stress alright,
as far as my and my Gf's comps go though, if it will run antivirus, WoW and a couple of streaming movies whilst indexing files its good enough.
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