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Hi, I'm pretty new to overclocking and just had some questions regarding OCing a q9550. Currently I am running it @ 3.4Ghz with no problems. I am using stock voltages the only thing I changed was the FSB. But I am worried as my core temp is idling at 65c and while playing a game like Rift or BF3 my temps are 80c.
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post #2 of 21
First of all get a new aftermarket cooler

I recommend a Hyper 212+
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post #3 of 21
you need to reseat your hsf there is no way you should be idlig at 65 unless your cpu is next to a furnace. you should be around 35 with a aftemarket hsf but if you have a stock hsf you could be around 45 or so. get a h50 for 40 bucks you will love it. and you will be able to take that 9550 to 1.35v and have it running at 4.0 depeding on your board that is.
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What cooler are you using? Also, if you would, click on User CP up top, then edit system and fill in your PC specs. It will help a lot when asking specific questions about your rig.
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post #5 of 21
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I have a very old aftermarket cooler bought it for my Q6600 which then I replaced with the Q9550, Thermaltake Golden Orb II. My computer is just in a normal room and literally when the computer is on and I start gaming it turns into a sauna. Looking at getting a Corsair H60. Ive already reseated my HSF. Using silver acrylic for thermal paste.
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post #6 of 21
By stock voltages do you mean auto or you set them manually to their stock specs? I know some people would consider auto as stock since that's what the mobo's stock settings are. If it's on auto it could just be setting the voltages too high. Even with something like the Golden Orb I don't think your temps should be that high at only 3.4GHz.
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post #7 of 21
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My voltage is set at 1.28v.
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post #8 of 21
I would definitely look in to a better cooler then if reseating it didn't help. My OCZ Vendetta 2 isn't the greatest cooler but it keeps my temps below 75C @ 4GHz, and I have a not so great chip that takes 1.4v.
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post #9 of 21
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I am a little confused as I am in the process of learning to overclock, is my goal to speed up the processor and have it run stable with minimum voltage increase? And whats a good program to stress test with Prime 95? I will definitely look into getting a Cool Master Hyper 212+ tomorrow and see if that makes a difference. Other then that the way I apply thermal paste was with a thin layer and spread it with a credit card. Then I saw this other technique which I recently used which was to make a pea sized amount in center of CPU and then put my HSF on top then rub it around in a circle.
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post #10 of 21
Yeah you want to keep the voltages as low as you can but still stable. Prime 95 and Intel Burn Test are both good for stress testing but I would stay away from IBT until you have a better cooler, it will make your temps skyrocket. As far as thermal paste goes I always just do the grain of rice size line and press straight down on the heatsink. This will help spread it evenly.
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