Originally Posted by TG_bigboss
thanks everyone for your help =) i guess its all about playing around with it. At least now i have a basic where i can start from is all i needed =) I will deff ask you sandman for help if i need =) ill try what you said and use the guide to move on from there.
Im using a two 4gb ram btw sorry for that mix up. As for doing 12-24hrs of prime and what not...welll no. Its not like im going to be playing for 24hrs. The most ill ever do is 4 hrs then break time do something else and come back. ive heard its not necessary to do 12hrs. 1-2hrs is recommended unless you do folding or high intense like video editing whatnot. Running 3dmark fully normally tells you if your stable and running occt for 1-2hrs makes sure you are fully stable. Its what i read on a oc guide before. on here too.
p.s i have no time or patience(which i have a lot of since i do programming) to sit there and watch my pc for 12hrs using occt and checking temps when i could be online playing bfbc 2 or something =P
You are perfectly allowed to do this, but gaming is NOT a stability tester.
Infact, you could be having thousands of micro-errors being written to your disks, primarily where there is a lot of the read-write going in for every Windows operation there is. So errors will eventually build up to the point where something with break in functionality and you won't have any good idea of whats causing it.
The extended period Prime95 gives you a level of accuracy on your CPU to ensure you are not slowly corrupting every single file stored on your computer to where its garbage. Far too many people think that there computer is perfectly safe for a few hours of use because they Blended for 30 minutes. This isn't what Prime95 shows you. It doesn't matter if it takes 3 minutes, or 12 hours, if you get an error or a crash, it CAN HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT
. Being stable at 12 hours doesn't mean you can use your computer for 12 hours guaranteed no errors or problems.
An unstable overclock is a ticking time-bomb waiting to happen, then you will come back to the forums, wondering why you have yogi the bear porn for a desktop wallpaper, your Hard Drive looks like a CD-Rom in "My Computer" and Windows folder has been renamed using the Farsii side of the ASCII alphabet. You can kiss any homework / work you have edited at this point good bye. Might as well just do a full reformat with all your data on it because data recovery is useless, as data recover will recover the damaged versions of the files, because the CPU saved it that way.
Like I said, the choice is yours. I just wanted to make sure you know this, whoever told you that about stability and recommendations is simply ignorant.
P.S. G.Skill is an amazing brand by my experience.
P.P.S. 1090T @ 4.2GHz requires about 1.45~1.50v depending on the cpu, maybe a touch closer to 1.52v at full load. Always keep temps under about 57c, I experienced some "instability" around this temp and higher. You may also want to look at overclocking your CPU-NB Frequency to about 3000 MHz, if you are feeling brave. A 4.0 GHz 1090T with a 3.0 GHz NB Frequency is quite a potent combination and makes for a very powerful gaming friendly setup.Edited by RagingCain - 5/13/11 at 9:10pm