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When should you Stop over clocking a processor?

Iv got a AMD Athlon 64 Dual core 4600+ (2.41ghz)
I have taken it up to 2.61ghz with very little stress or temp differences.
just wondering is there a make or brake point?
when I hit a certain point of overclocking will my system not load(clear bios maybe) and i just take it down a couple of notches?
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Its all dependant on the cpu, mobo and ram. Just keep pushing, if its not stable (8hrs min) then up the volts, play with ram dividers etc.

If the pc does not boot just remove the battery
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wehn your motherboard fries is when... !

-edit-
on second thought...
1. dont go over 1.6V with an AMD or P4 or PD cpu, 1.5V with a conroe
2. try not to go over 60 degrees under load.
3 .If it doesnt boot, lower the speed slightly, if it crashes lower speed slightly aswell.


just look at other results with the similar CPUs or mobos, or ram, it will give you an idea of your limitations....
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well you stop overclocking when you hit 55C load or if you hit your cpu wall before you hit the high load temps..well when you hit the wall you cant really do anything....Also if you have not hit your wall but you need crazy volts..dont go over 1.550 volts, but even 1.65v can be possible with very good air but its not recommended.
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you stop when your girlfriend breaks up with you, they shut off power to your house, and you are left in the street begging money of people so you can run your system for a few minutes.

Actually and overclock is when you increase the speed of a component and it is stable. As you overclock, run Orthos for a few hours each time you increase the speed, also play the Company of Hero's benchmark/play any new game for a few hours to test its stability. If it does not crash/hang/freeze, or restart the computer, overclock it some more.
    
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With that CPU you mite be able to hit 3.0GHZ with a realy good cooler.Anything past 3.0GHz is pritey hard to get with AMD CPUs.
    
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Originally Posted by KIA_PETE View Post
When should you Stop over clocking a processor?

Iv got a AMD Athlon 64 Dual core 4600+ (2.41ghz)
I have taken it up to 2.61ghz with very little stress or temp differences.
just wondering is there a make or brake point?
when I hit a certain point of overclocking will my system not load(clear bios maybe) and i just take it down a couple of notches?
I got mine X2 4400+ up to 3.0GHz, so, you should be fine. I only added .1 vCore, too.
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Never stop overclocking!

sreiously, CPU overclocking should stop when the temps reach 55C
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You stop overclocking when your machine simply is unstable (and therefore unreliable and unusable, unless your only goal is to set benchmarks).

A personal philosophy: Speed without stability is useless. I'd rather sacrifice a little bit of speed (we're talking about percentage points here, remember) and gain as close to absolute stability as possible.

It's like being a runner. You can try to run faster than you're really capable of doing, but all you wind up doing in the end is tripping and falling all over yourself, possibly even injuring yourself.

Hope this helps!
    
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You should stop overclocking if:

1. You can't keep temps down within specs.
2. You can't keep volts down under recommended limits.
3. You can't run stable.
4. Your computer starts on fire or starts smoking. (duh)
    
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