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So I'm brand new to CPU overclocking and I'm here with a relatively simple problem, and would greatly appreciate some info.

I'm trying to OC this old CPU to be able to run BF3. I've been using it at stock voltage/clock for about 2 years now. Based on the research I'd done, I thought I could overclock it to about 3.4 GHz on a stock cooler, but when I ran wPrime's 1024M test, the CPU averaged about 95C, ie pretty damn high, so definitely not safe to overclock. It also idles at about 65C. My only guess atm is that the stock fan is wearing out D:.

My main questions here are: Is this temperature normal for my card at stock clock/voltage? If not, any idea what could be causing it? If so, which heatsink fan would be a good reasonably-priced investment to be able to get at least a 3.4GHz overclock?

Thanks in advance.
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So I'm brand new to CPU overclocking and I'm here with a relatively simple problem, and would greatly appreciate some info.

I'm trying to OC this old CPU to be able to run BF3. I've been using it at stock voltage/clock for about 2 years now. Based on the research I'd done, I thought I could overclock it to about 3.4 GHz on a stock cooler, but when I ran wPrime's 1024M test, the CPU averaged about 95C, ie pretty damn high, so definitely not safe to overclock. It also idles at about 65C. My only guess atm is that the stock fan is wearing out D:.

My main questions here are: Is this temperature normal for my card at stock clock/voltage? If not, any idea what could be causing it? If so, which heatsink fan would be a good reasonably-priced investment to be able to get at least a 3.4GHz overclock?

Thanks in advance.
No, the stock cooler is either very dirty or the thermal paste not properly applied in the first place. With ambient at 78°F, the worst idle temp should not break 40°C. You could clean it up and re-apply thermal paste but will not give you much headroom to clock it higher.

There are plenty coolers to choose from, but get a proper one such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...air-_-35181016
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No, the stock cooler is either very dirty or the thermal paste not properly applied in the first place. With ambient at 78°F, the worst idle temp should not break 40°C. You could clean it up and re-apply thermal paste but will not give you much headroom to clock it higher.

There are plenty coolers to choose from, but get a proper one such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...air-_-35181016
I'll definitely check both tomorrow. Thanks.

Isn't that cooler a bit much for what I'm going for? I just need a minor clock, like 3.4 GHz.
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I'll definitely check both tomorrow. Thanks.

Isn't that cooler a bit much for what I'm going for? I just need a minor clock, like 3.4 GHz.
Well, it's kinda for the long term who knows you might want to clock it higher when you think the CPU is bottlenecking the GPU. But for the clock you want, any of these coolers is an improvement over stock cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ING-_-35186134
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Well, it's kinda for the long term who knows you might want to clock it higher when you think the CPU is bottlenecking the GPU. But for the clock you want, any of these coolers is an improvement over stock cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ING-_-35186134
I doubt that my CPU is old enough to bottleneck my OC'd 570 that i'll have in a week or so, but my knowledge of how CPU impacts performance is pretty minimal.

I'm looking for something more around $50 - any suggestions for that range?

Thanks for the help thus far.
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I doubt that my CPU is old enough to bottleneck my OC'd 570 that i'll have in a week or so, but my knowledge of how CPU impacts performance is pretty minimal.

I'm looking for something more around $50 - any suggestions for that range?

Thanks for the help thus far.
Corsair A70 and Hyper 212+ are both on sale right now. Fry's has the Hyper 212+ for $19.99 and it'll easily get you where you want to go and it'll do it quietly. I'm using three of them on 2500k's and have zero complaints.
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Corsair A70 and Hyper 212+ are both on sale right now. Fry's has the Hyper 212+ for $19.99 and it'll easily get you where you want to go and it'll do it quietly. I'm using three of them on 2500k's and have zero complaints.
Corsair A70 definitely looks very promising. Thanks!
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I doubt that my CPU is old enough to bottleneck my OC'd 570 that i'll have in a week or so, but my knowledge of how CPU impacts performance is pretty minimal.

I'm looking for something more around $50 - any suggestions for that range?

Thanks for the help thus far.
A single card won't bottleneck but multi GPUs SLI setup, you going to need a fast CPU.

Anyhow, for the target clock, any of these will do really fine. If there's no space restriction in the case or obstructed by the RAM get the bigger one will have better cooling capacity. Get something $30 will still perform the same as a $50 because of brand name.
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A single card won't bottleneck but multi GPUs SLI setup, you going to need a fast CPU.

Anyhow, for the target clock, any of these will do really fine. If there's no space restriction in the case or obstructed by the RAM get the bigger one will have better cooling capacity. Get something $30 will still perform the same as a $50 because of brand name.
His cpu wont bottleneck his gpu, even in sli if he can oc it to 4,0 wich is a joke to do with decent cooling. Lots of ppl run these with gtx580s or cx 6970 and never had any pbm, so i dont know on what you based your conclusion that it would bottleneck 2x570s in this case, i mean were not talking about sli590 or cfx6990... and his cpu is not a P4... Stop spreading misinformation about bottlenecking, there a wounderful thread going around that dismistify all the **** we hear everyday about it anyway, i wont link post as im posting from mobile.
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His cpu wont bottleneck his gpu, even in sli if he can oc it to 4,0 wich is a joke to do with decent cooling. Lots of ppl run these with gtx580s or cx 6970 and never had any pbm, so i dont know on what you based your conclusion that it would bottleneck 2x570s in this case, i mean were not talking about sli590 or cfx6990... and his cpu is not a P4... Stop spreading misinformation about bottlenecking, there a wounderful thread going around that dismistify all the **** we hear everyday about it anyway, i wont link post as im posting from mobile.
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