I recently bought an HP Envy 1534 desktop with a FX-6200 chip. I'm no computer guru but if I can eek out some extra performance for no money and little time, I'm all game.
At stock setting the 3800Ghz system under stress tests maxed CPU temps at ~ 55C. It has a big horizontal facing cooler with 3 copper pipes underneath and 1 big fan that I'm guessing is not the same cooler if you were to buy the OEM chip/fan combo. It is right in line about 5 inches from the case fan, so there is a good flow of air.
Using AMD Overdrive, the optimizer set the OC at 21.5 multiplier / 4300Ghz. Running a stress test with the CPU maxed over a1/2 hour the max temp hovers ~ 60C (barely tickling 61C for a fraction of a second every few minutes). AMD states the FX-6200 max temp is 72C.
I'm convinced using the current 4300 Ghz OC with HP stock cooler will not be detrimental to the longevity of my system. My question to the experts here, if I were to upgrade the cooler to say a Corsair Hydro 80i, if I were to (potentially) lower CPU temps at the current max by 10C+ to below 50C when stressed, will any noticeable performance difference be had?
BTW, very happy with this pre-made system... but have ordered my first tweak... have a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD on the way to add alongside the 1.5T 7200rpm HDD. Hopefully I can figure out the OS transfer to the SSD without too much grief. Will try the recovery disk method first, but am anticipating that will not work, so option B is to line out the HDD partition to match the SSD capacity and then clone the drive and see if I can get things mapped over that way.