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Okay so I bought a i3 processor at 3.1 ghz and I was wondering if my stock cpu fan can be sufficient? What's the max I can over clock it? Is their any downside to over clocking with stock cpu fan?
post #2 of 16
If you mean LGA1155 i3, you can gain few Mhz by overclocking base clock. i3s don't support Turbo Boost and neither have unlocked multipliers. You won't get much from base clock overclock, and stock cooler will be fine for that.
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Youre not going to be overclocking an i3 by much regardless of which cooler you use. Most motherboards dont overclock well and I3s have locked multipliers. First gen i3s (i3 530- 560) overclocked some, but not the recent ones.
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What's the best cpu for under 200 that can be over clocked?
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Only K CPUs can be overclocked. Under $200 you can get 3570K from Micro Center. Or look for 2500K. Or buy used.
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What's the best cpu for under 200 that can be over clocked?

Depends on where you are buying from. Microcenter sells Intel i5 3570ks for $189 but they are significantly more if you buy elsewhere. For previous generation CPUs, the 2500K overclocks like a monster and is a bit cheaper.

AMD 8350s are $189 pretty much everywhere and overclock very well.
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What's the best cpu for under 200 that can be over clocked?

The least expensive current-generation Intel chip that can be O/C'd is the i5-3570K, but that's $220-$230 unless you live near a MicroCenter (selling @ $190 but in-store only). That leaves AMD's best chip, the FX-8350, which retails for $190 or so. It's not as fast as the Intel i5 in most usage patterns and uses almost twice as much power, but that's the answer to your question.
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and uses almost twice as much power.

Quite an exaggeration. Yeah, it uses more power but not nearly 2x as much.
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Can anyone recommend a good cooling system for a over clocked 2500k?
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For price/performance I would get Hyper 212 evo. If wanting max heat dissipation get the noctua nh-d14 or others that perform similarly.

Evo is around 30 and the noctua and the likes will set you back around 80.
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