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First off, hello everybody, I've been a member here for awhile but usually just lurked around looking for information. I can tell there's plenty of people here who know they're stuff. Maybe after a while I'll become another wise, knowledgeable oc'er.

I have done enough research to know the basics, so when I upgraded my mobo, cpu, and RAM recently, I decided to see what this $60 X2 could really do. I started by disabling the variable fan speeds and CnQ functions, I want the multiplier and fans at full speed, after all. Then I, quite simply, increased the bus speed a few Mhz at a time, testing with P95 and checking the temps with the CPUID HWMonitor.

Long story short, I am currently running at 3.05 Ghz (stock speed is 2.3 Ghz) with idle temps at 34 C and full load temps at 59 C. This is done by raising the bus speed up to 265 Mhz. P95 is the only program that causes the temps to ever get that high. Even hours of playing a game, or heavy multitasking with uTorrent running and 3 monitors enabled only gets the temps up to about 54 C.

The thing is, I have actually yet to have a single problem at all. Zero errors on P95, no crashes, no BSOD, no artifacts during gaming, CPU related or otherwise. I did decide to raise my vCore up one notch to 1.350, just because I felt that any lower may not be safe, up above the 250 Mhz bus speed.

I'm really happy this little 'throw away' CPU (I plan on upgrading to quad core fairly soon) was able to break the 3.0 Gig mark. My WEI has raised significantly from 5.0 to 5.5, and games are running faster than ever.

Which brings me to my questions. How does this compare to others' experiences on the same or similar chips? Will an aftermarket HSF make a significant difference and allow me to go further? Which one should I buy? Is there something I'm overlooking as a noob?

Should I keep pushing my luck until I do get it to crash, or are my temps just too high? I don't want to leave any 'free' performance on the table. I don't know enough about overclocking or changing the timings on my RAM, so I haven't bothered to mess with that yet. I'm willing to do it, if someone can give me some help.

Well, thanks in advance for any friendly advice. Questions/Comments are appreciated. My specs should be in my sig (if not I'll fix it right away). I'll include a screenshot to give you more info.

EDIT: My finicky video cards are acting up a little. I need to restart, then I'll add the screenshot.

Edited by CASEfan - 6/9/08 at 5:38pm
    
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your temps are right at borderline so i wouldn't go any higher right now. i won't ever let my chip get about 55c. i would order an inexpensive cooler. i personally recommend the coolermaster gemini II with some high cfm fans. one you have a better cooler feel free to bump it up til it crashes or those temps get high again.

for a stock cooler that is a great OC by the by. rep+
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You're my inspiration to stay with this cpu.
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Thanks guys. I guess the next step would be to look into alternative cooling methods. I'm a unique kind of supergeek, so the challenge (and reward) of watercooling is really tempting, if not exactly necessary. I do want a system that can cool my GPUs (these things are boiling hot) as well, and I want a parallel setup so I'm not cooling the GPU with the heat picked up from the CPU, if that makes sense. My level of skill is very high (I used to assemble cylinder heads and build engines, as well as the numerous PC builds I have under my belt) so I'm not afraid of some custom work. What are the best components to use for this kind of thing?
    
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your temps are right at borderline so i wouldn't go any higher right now. i won't ever let my chip get about 55c. i would order an inexpensive cooler. i personally recommend the coolermaster gemini II with some high cfm fans. one you have a better cooler feel free to bump it up til it crashes or those temps get high again.

for a stock cooler that is a great OC by the by. rep+
Thanks for the reply, that Gemini II looks like a nice HS! I just may have to pick one up on payday, before starting another crazy and costly upgrade.
    
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