Thanks for the responses. You made an interesting point about the air cooling rob. I was wondering if it "sensed" the heat dissipation when the comp turns on and determines if it doesn't have sufficient cooling capabilities to overclock further. Right now I have the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, great cheap tool for overclocking, but at maximum Prime 95 load, it is going in the 60S.. But the water cooler should surely dominate it. It's the Raystorm 750 rs360. It's actually a Christmas present I can't have yet.
I can assure you though as soon as I get it I will be installing it. I've read everything, watched videos, I'm ready to do it and shouldn't have any problems with it.
As for my motherboard I got the gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 brand spanking new, got it for a BARGAIN on a black Friday deal a few weeks ago. I'll take a few pics later of the BIOS and stuff. Right now I have bigger fish to fry - since I got my new RAM I've been having issues
I got the GSkills 4x4 (16GB) 1866Mhz RAM. This RAM is giving me issues, since I got it I've been getting blue screens. I feel like I'm getting close to ending the RAM problems. I think it's voltage. The "automatic overclock" tool on the mobo (which I don't use but I do try it to see what it thinks is "stable" for that speed) actually increases the RAM voltage to 1.65V... I've been trying that range and bumping up the voltage a bit everytime... I'm running 9-10-8-28 timings right now per the label on the RAM.
It's really weird... REALLY weird. I mean, I can run Prime 95 for several hours (with the "lots of RAM tested") checked. NO crashes. Try FurMark on max settings test it for a few hours, no crashes. But then when I play Left 4 Dead 2, every time I'm deep in a good campaign with people on expert, BLUE SCREEN! And I hardly play for more than 30-40 minutes before it does it.
I hope I don't have a bad stick, it's starting to look like though I'm gonna have to run memtest with each stick one at a time... boring!