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Hey all,
Firstly here are my...

--Specs
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3
CPU: AMD FX-8120 - Stock Fan
RAM: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 Vengeance 8GB
Video Card: XFX HD677XZNFC Radeon HD 6770

1. To start off with the stock fan on the 8120 decided to become rediculously loud over the past couple of weeks out of no where... use to be nice and quite then all of a sudden it's (like many people i've seen say) sounding like a hair dryer.
So, other then get a new cooler to quite it, is there a way to just replace the fan itself? I assume the bearing in it are going bad or what seems to be the issue?

I've read that this stock cooler can support O.C. to 4.4ghz, so I assume it would be fine for what I do... yes?

2. I use to Overclock back in the day (about 10 -15 years ago) and fried a couple systems... but chips were not as stable back then aparently biggrin.gif
I prefer to get as much time out of my hardware as possible... but I read on here that these Bulldozer CPUs are pretty much meant to O.C. so does O.C.ing these new type of CPUs still kill their life? Or if I jumped this 8120 up to 4.4ghz would it not effect the life of the CPU at all?

3. Below is my system on HWM Pro. You can see the temp for the CPU is only 22.2c and the max i was able to get it to (which was a screensaver that put's a decent size load on the system) is 42.2c
Other then that, I do graphic design but it never seems to put much load on the system... never do gaming but may start because i've been boared lately.
Anyway my question is, on this HWM screenshot, does everything look normal? And what are the [TRIAL] listings on there for? Have I not set something up correctly?





Thanks all for the help!
post #2 of 5
What will kill your CPU is too much voltage and too high temps, make sure the core doesn't go above 62C

If yo're overclocking please buy an aftermarket cooler, even a cheap Cooler Master Hyper 212 would support your needs just fine and keep temps down.
Edited by wthenshaw - 7/12/13 at 5:00am
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I agree nobody should dream of overclocking with stock coolers, they are garbage and shouldn't even be supplied as apart of the package.
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I agree nobody should dream of overclocking with stock coolers, they are garbage and shouldn't even be supplied as apart of the package.

Well for light usage on lower cpus then they're okay to be used but I don't see the point in supplying cpus such as 8*** with a tdp of 125 watt with a stock cooler.
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1. You need, like the other posters have suggested, an aftermarket heatsink. It'll reduce the volume as well as the heat. I have replaced the fan on stock coolers. If I recall correctly, they are 92mm fans. I only replaced mine rather than buy an inexpensive heatsink because I already had the fan and was planning on underclocking the CPU.
The stock cooler could support an OC, but it depends entirely on how cool the environment is, as well as the air turnover on the case. It'll be significantly easier to just replace the heatsink.

2. Overclocking, where you increase the voltage, will reduce the life of the CPU. However, I don't think you'll kill it before other problems arise. I ran my 8120 at 4.3 for about a year and it still works fine. I had it doing 4.0 with a 4.6 turbo for a while as well. It is currently doing a non-OC stint in my GF's computer. It isn't still OC'ed because her computer is in a fairly high temp enclosure.

3. Graphic Design can put a lot of strain on a system. If you want to test your system's stability. I suggest OCCT. It'll test your computer under a heavy load until it either generates errors or reaches a temperature fail point. It has helped me get a stable OC on many occasions.
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