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Hi Everyone

This is my first post on this board. I have a AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1.8ghz stock. I attempted to overclock it and I have gotten it to 2.4ghz with the stock cooler on the CPU. Now I ran the torture tests in prime 95 all night and it did not fail. But the thing that concerns me is that in Speedfan the core temp hit 52 degrees once and it was around the 50 degree mark most of the night. Should I be concerned? Also the CPU made it to the 50 degree mark as well. I thought I would get the more experienced peoples point of view. I may try to go to 2.5 and I have seen reports that this CPU can hit 2.7 with stock cooling. In case you need my other specs I have a 600w OCZ GameXStation PS, OCZ PC 3200 DDR Platinum (1gig) and a MSI K8N Neo4-f Platinum MB.

Any help would be appreciated. Oh and would getting a new CPU cooler help core temp?

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post #2 of 12
50* is ok but I wouldn't push it too far beyond that.

Yes a new hsf would help. And some AS5.
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Forgive my ignorance but what is AS5? I am assuming that HSF stands for High Speed Fan right?

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You dont want to go any higher with your OC at 53C. The stock cooler is definately holding you back though. I would recommend the Tuniq Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001 or something equivelant. As long as it will fit in your case, this thing will drop your temps more than enough to OC. Also, post your CPU vcore, it is also a crucial OC component you need to watch besides your temps. With your chip, try to stay below 1.45v and 55C temps.
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Forgive my ignorance but what is AS5? I am assuming that HSF stands for High Speed Fan right?

Jason
AS5 is "arctic silver 5", the thermal paste you put on your CPU to discipate heat between it and your Heat Sink and Fan (HSF).

Here is a link to AS5
http://www.arcticsilver.com/

Here is the always important instructions for applying AS5
http://www.arcticsilver.com/instructions.htm
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And HSF stands for heatsink and fan.

And don't worry, everyone has to learn things at some point
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ERICEOD: I have not changed the voltage from what it was originally. Should I? Does the Tuniq Tower 120 work with an Socket 939 AMD?
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ERICEOD: I have not changed the voltage from what it was originally. Should I?

The voltage will help you reach higher FSB and OC, but as you raise the FSB you will also raise the temps. As of now, I would not raise the voltage. But once you get a new Heatsink and fan for your CPU, you can raise the vcore. You will find that as you increase the FSB, your PC will become unstable. Vcore gives the CPU the additional power it needs to run at higher speeds. but keep in mind that anything over 1.45v is dangerous.
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post #9 of 12
That's a pretty respectable overclock

I reckon with load temps of around 52*c, you can afford to go further. Single Core Athlon 64's don't put out excessive amounts of heat. Around 60*c is a safe limit. In my opinion you should try and push the CPU a little further and work out it's limits before splashing out on a $65 cooler for a CPU that may cap at around 2.5-2.6GHz.

Personally, I think a Tuniq Tower is a little overkill for a single core 90nm Athlon 64. Something like this would do the trick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185125

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post #10 of 12
You can push it a little further, BUT definetely don't get beyond 65C

BTW if you up your voltage you will get higher temps at the same FSB.
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