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It is well known that when overclocking your comptuer, you need to run stress tests like Prime95 to make sure your system is stable. What I want to know is just how important is it to make sure that your system is stable?

For instance: I can overclock my system to 3.8ghz and run all of my applications endlessly with zero decernable problems, but when I run Prime95, it usually blue screens after about 40mins to an hour.

Is there a problem with running my system like this? Temps are all low, on the CPU and the mobo (verified with thermal laser), and the system other wise screams along fine. I can play Skyrim maxed out with the ultra high res texture pack and Metro Last Light maxed out too. It never blue screens or errors under typical load.
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For me not too important.

 

I have seen my CPU ocing passing those stress tests but crashing on BF3 Multi.

 

So basically passing a stress test does not mean your PC is 100% stable, but it is an indicator nevertheless

 

Therefor when I OC my equipment, unless I am crashing while browsing the net or playing games, I am good to go. Never saw any side effects of what I am doing.

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Its very important, if you get a BSOD in Prime95 that means that the computer is making calculation errors. While these errors might not show up immediately, they can eventually lead to corrupt files (including system files) and instability in the long run (i.e. you'll find 9 months from now things start crashing more frequently)

If you're going to take the time to overclock, then you should take the time to stability test thumb.gif
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Makes sense.... but who goes for 9 months without re-installing their OS!? biggrin.gif
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Its very important, if you get a BSOD in Prime95 that means that the computer is making calculation errors. While these errors might not show up immediately, they can eventually lead to corrupt files (including system files) and instability in the long run (i.e. you'll find 9 months from now things start crashing more frequently)

If you're going to take the time to overclock, then you should take the time to stability test thumb.gif

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