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I want to overclock my rig soon, and i've been reading up that Prime95 is a good program to test system stability and temperatures of core components of my mobo and cpu.... but i've also read that i need to run it for 12-24 hours to get a full true test in. I don't have time for that, as i am in college and i use my computer daily. What's the bare minimum I could run prime95 to get a test to see if my PC is stable enough for OC?


my build:
Intel core I5 2500k W/ coolermaster Hyper 212+
Asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
Corsair Vengence 8G (2x4g)
XFX Radeon HD 6950
60w pc&p silencer PSU
1tb HDD

Right now i'm running prime95 just to get acquainted with the program, and my pc temps seem to stay pretty low for air cooling.
Here's my temps from Speedfan whilst running P95, all of the temps are the highest i've seen over 45 minute period. Some of these temperature readings i have no idea what they stand for but i'll record them regardless.
System: 35C
CPU: 40C
AUX: 38C
SMIOVT4: 35C
SMIOVT5: 35C
SMIOVT6: 35C
HD0: 29C
GPU: 40C
Core0: 51C
Core1: 54C
Core2: 56C
Core3: 52C

The readings might be a bit over, my cores are all running at 100% capacity right now and i'm listening to music to pass the time. It probably isn't too hard to do now-a-days, but i'd like to break 4.0Ghz. I've also read that Asrock mobo's are a nuisance to overclock. I've already bookmarked the guide on the forums here and have read it multiple times
And so i ask Overclock.net...do these temperatures seem adequate to begin my overclocking adventure?biggrin.gif
Edited by Sb95500 - 1/26/12 at 9:33pm
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RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair  Corsair  Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM sata 3gb/s Asus 24x dvd burner. 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
CoolerMaster Hyper212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Asus 23" 1080p LCD Razr Anansi 
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RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair  Corsair  Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM sata 3gb/s Asus 24x dvd burner. 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
CoolerMaster Hyper212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Asus 23" 1080p LCD Razr Anansi 
CaseMouseMouse PadOther
Nzxt Phantom Black NZXT Avatar S Black Walmart Mouse Pad. PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W 80 Plus Silver 
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Personally, I just use Prime95 as a quick stability test. I'll do an overclock and run prime Large FFT for about 5-10 minutes (or 6-7 tests) and see how it goes. If my overclocks are way out, it will usually fail pretty quick. In that case I bump voltages (usually starting with the CPU) and re-test. Once Prime runs for 5-10 minutes without issue, I move on to Hyper Pi.

I use Hyper Pi to test memory OC's. I'll usually start with 1M and get some rough overclocks in. Once it starts to fail (no extract in round) I will either bump voltage or loosen timings and try again. Once 1M Is stable I move to 8M and then 32M. Once it passes 32M (on all the cores of course) I consider it stable.

From there I just use my PC as I normally would. If any problems do occur, I usually just bump the CPU and RAM voltage up in the smallest increment and I never see any more issues.
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Alright i'll find Hyper Pi and give it a go to see if it catches any issues as well.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair  Corsair  Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM sata 3gb/s Asus 24x dvd burner. 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
CoolerMaster Hyper212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Asus 23" 1080p LCD Razr Anansi 
CaseMouseMouse PadOther
Nzxt Phantom Black NZXT Avatar S Black Walmart Mouse Pad. PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W 80 Plus Silver 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair  Corsair  Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM sata 3gb/s Asus 24x dvd burner. 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
CoolerMaster Hyper212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Asus 23" 1080p LCD Razr Anansi 
CaseMouseMouse PadOther
Nzxt Phantom Black NZXT Avatar S Black Walmart Mouse Pad. PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W 80 Plus Silver 
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