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I need some advice before I build my computer within the next two weeks..... I will be getting the intel 2500k , I will also have the Hyper 212 + evo cooler with and Extra fan mounted. The case will be a Corsair 500R with 3 x 140 mm fans 3 x 120 mm fans and a side 200 mm fan.

My questions are

What is a usual/ Typical safe overclock ghz? 4.2 ghz? 4.5ghz?

What temps should I try to keep my cpu when Idle and load?

What voltage is safe and which should I not exceed or go near?
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your idle temps dont mean anything. while there is some controversy regarding load temps. some say 70 is a max, some say 75, some say 80. its really a personal preference for which temps your comfortable with. for me i like 75.
for you voltage, i would tend to stay at or below 1.45( lower the better). i think you could reach 4.5 pretty comfortably
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I mean I dont want to have to do all these stability tests and such. I want a decent OC just for a boost in performance. Should I just bring it to 4.0 ghz and call it a day? hahha Or am I able to bring it to like 4.3 ghz and it will be stable without testing.
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Originally Posted by NeroToxin View Post

I need some advice before I build my computer within the next two weeks..... I will be getting the intel 2500k , I will also have the Hyper 212 + evo cooler with and Extra fan mounted. The case will be a Corsair 500R with 3 x 140 mm fans 3 x 120 mm fans and a side 200 mm fan.
My questions are
What is a usual/ Typical safe overclock ghz? 4.2 ghz? 4.5ghz?
What temps should I try to keep my cpu when Idle and load?
What voltage is safe and which should I not exceed or go near?

i5 2500k's are super easy to OC. I just finished this build (in my sig) a couple weeks ago, and I am also using the EVO with only a Pull fan right now (so 1 fan). I get like 30-35C idle, low 60s load in Prime95. And, it's a 4.3ghz OC at 1.26v.

So basically, 4.0-4.5ghz is easily achievable with an EVO without a problem. You should shoot for 60s load in Prime95 for temps after your OC, as it will never even get as high as those during normal use. Voltage always differs and also has a lot to do with the board.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by NeroToxin View Post

I mean I dont want to have to do all these stability tests and such. I want a decent OC just for a boost in performance. Should I just bring it to 4.0 ghz and call it a day? hahha Or am I able to bring it to like 4.3 ghz and it will be stable without testing.

You need to test your OC. You can't even OC slightly without doing stability tests. They are quintessential. Just leave Prime95 on for 12 hours overnight and if it doesn't crash or have any problems u're at least fairly stable. You can't just skip tests though, that's just plain silly.
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12 hours? Sounds like a while.. I guess Ill do it. What exactly does prime95 do? Also is it worth overclocking? I will only really be gaming on my pc BF3 , Skyrim .. I never max out the games even if my hardware can.
Edited by NeroToxin - 11/29/11 at 7:33pm
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Basically Prime95 runs your CPU at max load in a few different ways for as long as you have the test going. This will keep CPU usage at 100% the entire time and will therefore simulate the "most demanding" usage. Under normal use (unless you're folding or something) you will never reach those temps/cpu usages but if your CPU can stay maxed out for 12+ hours it's pretty safe to assume it can run at less than that stably.
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post #8 of 11
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Do you think its worth it for me to even overclock? All I do is game.
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Originally Posted by NeroToxin View Post

Do you think its worth it for me to even overclock? All I do is game.

Gaming is one of the most demanding things on computer hardware. I'll let that give you an answer.










In case you didn't figure it out, obviously it's worth it.
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Ill give it a shot I guess haha.
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