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Hello,

As of right now, I am running an ASUS P5Q-E, with a Q9450 running stock at 2.66. I have never really OCed a CPU before, generally only GPUs. Ifound this guy who has the same setup as me, and shows his OC status, but I really don't want to push it to 3.88 like he does. I was thinking of getting it up to maybe 3.5ghz.

So as for my cooling, right now I am running this heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118020

Although even with that, my core information with Everest goes as follows.

EDIT 2:
Heat issue is resolved, now just looking for tips on what settings to use. My CPU is now at 30*c

Anyways, I was wondering, what settings would you guys recomend for getting my 2.66 up to 3.2 or even 3.5?

EDIT:

As for my ram, I am running 8 gigs of this ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220269
Edited by Kocrachon - 8/9/11 at 6:41pm
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post #2 of 19
If those are idle temps, then a new cooler is in order first, actually even if they are load temps. My load temps don't go above 60c with my q9450 at 3.8Ghz. Once your temps are good, 3.6Ghz is quite easy with these cpus.
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post #3 of 19
The easiest to use are the corsair series, H50, H70 or H100. If you want air cooling then you need one of the better ones, prolimatech, thermalright arrow or maybe the coolermaster Hyper 212(which is cheap!)

Also consider using good thermal paste like arctic cooling mx4 or shin etzu. Make sure you have good airflow in your case as well.
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post #4 of 19
You should be idling under 50 degrees at least.I don't even think a crappy intel stock cooler would idle that hot.
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post #5 of 19
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Well I ordered another cooler, so now my question is, around what stats should I set when I do go to OC?
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Sounds like those Zalmans are a bit tricky to install. If you don't get them mounted properly with good thermal paste application, they won't perform well.

Look up some guides on how to properly apply thermal paste and re-install your current cooler.

I have used the "pea size" method very successfully. Basically clean off your old thermal paste from your cooler and CPU. Then put a "pea-sized" drop of thermal paste in the center of your CPU. Attach your heat sink per the instructions. The heat sink will effectively spread the thermal paste for you. I often run a CPU program like Prime95 to throttle the CPU to 100% as this gives you an idea about your max temps and also helps to make sure the thermal paste is worked in properly.
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post #7 of 19
No you shouldn't bother overclocking until you get an aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ should take care of that overclock without any issues and it only cost $20-$30. Unless you plan on spending $80 on a cooler I wouldn't bother getting anything more expensive. The benefit of the coolers in between those two price ranges are not worth the price considering the 212+ competes and beats the majority of coolers at a fraction of the cost.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;14519800 
No you shouldn't bother overclocking until you get an aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ should take care of that overclock without any issues and it only cost $20-$30. Unless you plan on spending $80 on a cooler I wouldn't bother getting anything more expensive. The benefit of the coolers in between those two price ranges are not worth the price considering the 212+ competes and beats the majority of coolers at a fraction of the cost.

I've got aftermarket cooler already. I am going to try to re-apply it today with some new thermal paste.

So I understand I need to cool my system, already working on that, but my question now is, what are the stats I should look at to OC?
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post #9 of 19
There are a few variables:

1. What is your room temp(ambient)?
2. Does your case have good airflow?
3. The type of CPU cooler and whether or not it is installed properly.
4. Your motherboard and CPU combo, some run hotter than others.
5. The batch of your CPU and how much voltage it takes for the OC.

Most people don't want to see their CPU at temps above 70c at load.
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post #10 of 19
Yes, get your temps under control first, and then I could give you a step by step on how to oc your cpu. I've spent quite a bit of time messing around with mine, so I'll have a few tips!
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