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So basically I am interested in overclocking a tad in preparation for some upcoming games but I'm concerned about doing it considering my temps (from what I have been able to decipher through google searches) are especially high.

Recently bought this PC - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

I know a pre-built HP isn't notorious for it's airflow but this one has a good number of vents and based off of what I've read my temps shouldn't be touching what they are at idle (see attached Afterburner pic). With user defined fan control turned off I might hit as high as 65 idle and 90 at full load (Most noticable in Deus Ex: Human Revolution). Thing is with it turned on it's effing loud and kind of obnoxious... And then there's the gpu usage spikes during normal usage (not doing anything graphically intensive, surfing the web etc.). I do occasionally run a space heater in this room as I live in CO and it's getting cold as all hell but in general this room is pretty cool, though not the best air circulation. Anyways, the question is - should I even attempt overclocking? Is something glaringly wrong?

Additionally, I'd like to ask if theres any detriment to running my fan at that speed besides it being obnoxiously loud? I'm not trying to burn anything out as it will be awhile before I can afford to replace or upgrade. Is running it without the fan control on and reaching those 90ish degree temps even a safe bet?

Edited by RDCL - 11/3/11 at 9:37pm
post #2 of 11
Its the case, all that hot air is just circulating inside.
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So am I going to blow up? Any feasible solutions?
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90 is quite hot, i wouldnt like to run at that temp for too long. Try get some more fans to help bring cold air in and push hot air out. If it was me i would just hack the case lol. Try it with the side off and see how the temps respond playing the same games.
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I'll see what I can do about getting another fan... running with the side off might not be practical as the noise is already a factor
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Until then I'll just continue using MSI to regulate the fan as obnoxious as it may be. Should I avoid overclocking?
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i would avoid overclocking until you can keep temps under 80C on load
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Well like I said, using the MSI user defined fan regulator it doesn't reach that. I think the highest I've seen is about 74c with high 60's being the average... so in that case am I good to go?
post #9 of 11
Sure, just keep an eye on the temps. Its your card, you can do what you like with it
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Clearly, just looking for reasonable advice from people who are more tech savvy than me
On that note, I've read of performance hits when overclocking... what causes this and is there a safe range for a guaranteed performance boost? Are artifacts or instability caused solely by high temperatures or is there anything else I need to watch out for?
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