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Hey,

I am really new at overclocking, and when I got my new vidya card (which I overclocked... a lot, really satisfied with it) I decided to overclock my processor too, but the process is really hard. I am using an i3 550 with default intel fans and a intel motherboard - DP55WG. The only thing I have done to the processor is put the core clock to 150 from 133 in the BIOS. I read a lot of topics and information and I still do not understand what values to put on the different perimeters and what voltage to you. I am scared I will fry my processor/RAM or something. I would just like to have the processor run at 3.6-4GHz with correct settings which do not damage other parts of the computer.

Thank you.
Edited by jeyko - 6/28/13 at 1:08pm
post #2 of 6
Not sure if you'd be able to pull off a 4.0 Ghz overclock on a stock cooler. Anyways, here's a good overclocking guide for Clarkdale that covers the basics. In terms of voltage, even if you're able to cool higher voltages, I would suggest not exceeding 1.375v. Feel free to ask about any settings you want to know more about.
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Not sure if you'd be able to pull off a 4.0 Ghz overclock on a stock cooler. Anyways, here's a good overclocking guide for Clarkdale that covers the basics. In terms of voltage, even if you're able to cool higher voltages, I would suggest not exceeding 1.375v. Feel free to ask about any settings you want to know more about.

That guide is amazing. Really detailed. Just another question - the guide says to abide by Intel's safe temperatures of 105 degrees C. That seems a bit high. My temps during IntelBurnTest go to 80-83 degrees, is that okay? Where should I put a limit?
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It's unsafe to have your CPU above 100 C, in my opinion. I also think you shouldn't have a CPU pass 90 on a daily basis. I set my stress test limit at 90-95. With stress testing like Intel Burn Test, you're driving your CPU higher than it will ever go in normal usage, so passing 90 C while testing is fine. If you want to be really safe, maybe limit to 85-90 during stress testing.
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It's unsafe to have your CPU above 100 C, in my opinion. I also think you shouldn't have a CPU pass 90 on a daily basis. I set my stress test limit at 90-95. With stress testing like Intel Burn Test, you're driving your CPU higher than it will ever go in normal usage, so passing 90 C while testing is fine. If you want to be really safe, maybe limit to 85-90 during stress testing.
Thank you, I am at 4.1Ghz and it's running great, RAM is okay, and stress tests are not showing errors. Thank you overclock forums, you helped me smile.gif
post #6 of 6
No problem, I'm glad to help. I was never able to get over 4.0Ghz on my 530, lol. I think I have a bad motherboard. Have fun with your new overclock!
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