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Hello,

I have just put together the following system:

E8400 running stock as of now with a AC7 headsink/fan
GIGABYTE X48 DQ6 mobo
4870 in Crossfire
Corsair Dominator 1066 2x2GB 5-5-5-15 2.1V

The system freakin rocks (I haven't upgraded in last 5 years but finally back in gaming after college ). Now I'd like to unleash it's full potential. I've done a good amount of research but wanted to get an experts opinion on what a stable OC setting for this build would be. I'm looking to get the E8400 to 4 gigs.

Sorry for creating a new post I am just paranoid as this is my first build and a fairly expensive investment. Thank you so much in advance.
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i5 6600k ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Gene Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming G. Skill Trident Z 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M.2 250GB SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Corsair H100i Windows 10 64bit 
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Dell S2716DG 144hz G-Sync Logitech G610 MX Red EVGA G2 750W Corsair Air 240 
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Stable depends on what is the necessary voltage to keep your overclock stable and the amount of heat that will be generated as the effect of a higher clock and voltage. The newer 45nm processors, such as your Wolfdale have a lower maximum voltage specification as compared to my 65nm process so you have to keep an eye on that. Basically just set yourself a goal, in your case 4ghz, and work your way up to that goal making sure your stable along the way. Make sure to monitor your temperatures at all times. As long as your careful with what your tweaking and that you dont go above the specifications then your should be fine. the only way you will damage your components is by Overvoltage or Overheating, both controlled by the user. Best way to start is to start out small, see how far you can get on your stock voltage and go from there when you get the hang of your bios and settings.
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