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I'd like to know how far I can safely push my system as it is. My goal is to get the most out of it, just because it can. I intend in buying new parts, like a SLI enabled motherboard, better GPU, cooling, ...
I run my system on an open case to keep it cooler, as I live in a tropical country with no A/C, temps in my house can easily go upwards of 30°C. If I close the case, CPU temp rises to about 42°C at idle and close to 50+°C under load but my fan hits the limit (I think, as my PCAlert no longer can detect its speed if it breaks the 6500rpm mark).
Can anybody tell me what the current limits of my system are and what they would be with improved cooling. Thanks
Edited by Milen - 5/12/08 at 8:15am
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with better cooling you could probably get the cpu up to 3 or maybe even a little higher.
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yea, what he said
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You'll probably only get another 200-400MHz out of it with the stock cooler. Improve your cooling and you'll probably get around 3.2GHz, just depends on the luck of the draw. No one can give you anything close to exact numbers because every CPU is different.

Once you improve your cooling, you can give the CPU up to 1.500v as long as your temps stay below 55*C (I think going as high as 60*C is ok, but others would disagree). Just see how far you can take it with that core voltage, no way to predict exactly. But don't increase core volts until you improve your cooling.

Yea definitely improve your video card if you play video games. The 8800GT is at a great price/performance right now, I'd definitely get one, probably from eVGA as they're quality, have excellent customer service, and with the MIR are one of (if not the) cheapest. If you don't game, then no need to upgrade the video card.

I wouldn't replace that motherboard with an SLI one unless it's completely devoid of overclocking options. SLI is a waste of money in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by Milen View Post
I run my system on an open case to keep it cooler, as I live in a tropical country with no A/C, temps in my house can easily go upwards of 30°C. If I close the case, CPU temp rises to about 42°C at idle and close to 50+°C under load but my fan hits the limit (I think, as my PCAlert no longer can detect its speed if it breaks the 6500rpm mark).
Excellent suggestions Durch

Milen, check the airflow in your case. Keeping the case door on should actually improve the air across your components. That would be a wiser approach to your temperature issues. What kind of case do you have?

Good luck
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Excellent suggestions Durch

Milen, check the airflow in your case. Keeping the case door on should actually improve the air across your components. That would be a wiser approach to your temperature issues. What kind of case do you have?

Good luck
Where do I find the characteristics of my case, I've had it for a very long time, since it came with the athlon 2600+.
the shape is a tower medium tall (3HDD slots + Floppy + 4 * 5 1/4 slots)
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Where do I find the characteristics of my case, I've had it for a very long time, since it came with the athlon 2600+.
the shape is a tower medium tall (3HDD slots + Floppy + 4 * 5 1/4 slots)
Milen, just open it up and perform a visual inspection. Does the case allow for intake fans? How about any exhaust fans? If your budget permits you could always upgrade to a newer case that allows for better fan placement. Of course that is up to you

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