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Just completed my first overclock ever yesterday. My i7 930 is happily running at 4 ghz on a hyper 212 plus. My load temps on prime95 hit 82. My question is, all I do is play FPS like Battelfield 3. I have all the settings on Ultra and the highest my chip got was 71. Can I push my i7 higher even though it might touch 90 in Prime95 but maybe High 70's in Battlefield?
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I woudlnt go any higher than 85*C on that chip, in fact any chip. Keep it withing P95 temps, the FPS gain will be un noticeable anyway.
     
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With those temps, no I wouldn't push it further.
In fact I'd probably consider getting a better cooler or turning HT off if you're not going to (it will drop your temps, and has little-no effect on gaming).
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With my 3570k I run 1 hour prime blend. If it passes without error and whea errors I'm usually good to go since all i do is game or browse. Then I keep event viewer open at all times and watch for whea errors while gaming. There have been only a few times where 1 hour was not enough and I got whea errors while gaming even though prime passed for a hour. So when that happens I just up vcore and it goes away. Been stable ever since. One thing with the 3570k is it rarely bsod. Usually I can get whea errors and still do what I do but thats not really a good thing.
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With my 3570k I run 1 hour prime blend. If it passes without error and whea errors I'm usually good to go since all i do is game or browse. Then I keep event viewer open at all times and watch for whea errors while gaming. There have been only a few times where 1 hour was not enough and I got whea errors while gaming even though prime passed for a hour. So when that happens I just up vcore and it goes away. Been stable ever since. One thing with the 3570k is it rarely bsod. Usually I can get whea errors and still do what I do but thats not really a good thing.
RARELY BSOD? You should never BSOD, you're taking shortcuts with your stability testing which is never advised. If you're fine having a semi-stable system that crashes once in a while then fine but most people would rather have a 100% sable system which only takes a bit more effort to attain.
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Testing stability is always a good thing it depends how ocd you are to begain with. I used to be a pull your hair out until 100% stable. However over the last couple years after building lots of rigs ive started to ease my overclocking testing. What i mean is ive noticed over the last 2 gens launched that im finding a 12-24 prime run almost not needed. Now running something like battlefield 3 or crysis etc heavy cpu games willlet you know prety dang quick if your stable or not. for instance alot of the ivy bridge chips we work on are hard to run prime on for more than 4-5 hours due to heat and heavy overclocks. Like writer21 stated if you want to have fun with you overclock start kinda high and play your pc games while keeping whea event viewer up and go from there.

To be honest im also cutting corners these days...usually ill find a similiar overclock and imitate the settings start there and work down/up.
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RARELY BSOD? You should never BSOD, you're taking shortcuts with your stability testing which is never advised. If you're fine having a semi-stable system that crashes once in a while then fine but most people would rather have a 100% sable system which only takes a bit more effort to attain.

My pc never crashes. The only time it crashed were due to nvidia drivers. When I first started ocing I had one or two bsod and that was because of cstates. I turned all them off and just use speedstep. Been stable ever since.
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