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How much should I overclock my CPU [q9550], from it's stock 2.89Ghz... There is 3 propeler coolers in my case, and one big CM Hyper 212 on CPU... So I think temps won't be problem... I want to overclock it as much as it can, but not to over-overclock and burn or damage something... What is safe OC configuration for my rig, or something similiar to that? Can I OC it to 4.0Gghz without bigger problems in performance and PC stability? This would be my first CPU overclock, so I might be asking some stupid questions please forgive me... poke.gif
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If you have the E0 stepping you should be able to hit 4.0 with some patience. You can use CPU-Z to see the details of your CPU.
Definitely should be able to hit 3.6 pretty easily! The Cooler should be ok too, I only see positive scores for it, I have one for an AMD rig and it is great.

Here is a member that hit 4.0
http://www.overclock.net/intel-general/410403-p5q-deluxe-q9550-4ghz.html
Edited by Aparition - 11/2/11 at 1:08pm
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Basically, you don't have to worry about anything burning up, thats exactly what i thought 6 monthes ago, just do not go over 1.3625. that's what its rated by intel, now i imagine you could probably go higher to around 1.4 and still be safe, but just keep it below that level and up your fsb and multiplier until it won't boot. also run prime95 after you think your satisfied, if its not stable, you should get a blue screen. dont panic. restart the computer, go into bios, lower the multiplier, or higher the voltage.
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Originally Posted by kingkoopa95;15546539 
Basically, you don't have to worry about anything burning up, thats exactly what i thought 6 monthes ago, just do not go over 1.3625. that's what its rated by intel, now i imagine you could probably go higher to around 1.4 and still be safe, but just keep it below that level and up your fsb and multiplier until it won't boot. also run prime95 after you think your satisfied, if its not stable, you should get a blue screen. dont panic. restart the computer, go into bios, lower the multiplier, or higher the voltage.

^^^ Link from this post... --> http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn205/MCB-CA/wc%20build%20v3/OCstats-4GHz-13hrsprime-1.jpg Is this one good?
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Originally Posted by overclocker23578;15546594 
Check out my thread here for BSOD codes and what they mean biggrin.gif

http://www.overclock.net/general-processor-discussions/940091-bsod-codes-when-ocing-must-have.html

Wow this is great if anything goes downhill... redface.gif
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eko 70'c is the top of the temp safe area for this chip. If it exceeds this temp the CPU will start to throttle, meaning it will reduce performance, to cool the chip back to rated temp specs. If you can't keep it under 70'c try running the CPU at 3.8Ghz instead, there is little performance difference between 3.8 and 4.0 with this CPU.
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Originally Posted by Aparition;15546624 
eko 70'c is the top of the temp safe area for this chip. If it exceeds this temp the CPU will start to throttle, meaning it will reduce performance, to cool the chip back to rated temp specs. If you can't keep it under 70'c try running the CPU at 3.8Ghz instead, there is little performance difference between 3.8 and 4.0 with this CPU.

Yeah, I got it... I will go for 4.0Ghz, it won't work (probably because I will screw something), I will decrease little by little, until I get best performance/temp/stability... tnx
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Good luck! I got 4.0 out of my board, but my board is inferior to yours so I could not get it stable even though it is from the same Mobo family.
You should be able to do it.
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Will see... Thank you guys very much! smile.gif
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