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First of all, my specs....

Win7 x64

ASUS P5Q SE Plus: BIOS ver. 2204

Core2 Quad Q8300 @2.5ghz

8GB DDR2 800mhz

Sapphire R9 270x 4GB

X-FI PCI-e x1 audio

Ultra 650w PSU

I recently acquired a new CPU cooler, and I was wondering if it will be good enough for a modest OC.

This is the cooler:

http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/products/computer-accessories/RF-UPCUWR.html

Using MSI Afterburner my max temps, while playing GTA5 for over an hour was 60c.

I am wondering if there is enough headroom with the cooler to allow me to get to 3ghz. Would that be enough to improve my gaming performance?

Also....I have a program from my ASUS MOBO disc called AI Suite, that appears to let me OC from within windows. Would this be good? Or should I do it from the BIOS?

How would I go about getting to 3ghz? I don't know how to adjust the settings to get there. Could I just jump right to testing 3gz?

Again, total OC noob here, and help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by B-Rad77 - 2/2/16 at 9:11pm
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Any method you could use to get an overclock is fine, as long as it actually works and sticks through reboots.
The core 2 line was spun to address issues with the spaceheaters built on the precott cores.
I have a Q9550 and overclock it straight from 2.83 to 3.2 with no issues or other modifications and on Intel's stock cooler. Your cooler should be more than sufficient, just keep your ambients normal (do not close the machine into a cabinet) and use quality thermal paste.

In regards to the overclock itself, Asus is generally friendly towards overclocking so my advice is try to jump straight to 3.0 ghz and see if the build is stable (run at full load for 24 hrs; Monitor temperatures). Make sure you don't have any disk activity going to minimize any risk of OS corruption in the event the system suddenly craters.
The worst that can happen will be system instability and a BIOS reset to remove the OC.
The only time you will really cause any hardware damage would be when messing with voltages or allowing the system to overheat.
Edited by compmaster - 2/3/16 at 7:20am
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Servolator
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2nd generation Intel Core i7-2820QM Stock HP Radeon(TM) HD 6850M Standard HP RAM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 470 sieres Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner Standard 1-fan laptop setup Windows 7 Home Professional x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
17.3" diagonal Full HD HP 3D Ultra BrightView I... Backlit Keyboard with numeric keypad 130W Adaptable Power Brick HP Envy 17 3D Standard Case 
MouseAudioOther
Synaptics Touchpad Beats Audio HP 3D Active Shutter Glasses, HP TrueVision HD ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9550  XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI... GIGABYTE GeForce 210 ADATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black Seagate Barracuda LG Black LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD ... Standard Fans 
OSPowerCase
Ubuntu Server 11.10 OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Antec Nine Hundred 
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OK, that answers my basic questions.

Now to research how to this this right.

Thanks!
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