Glad to see you are still going strong XenoMoph
Sorry for not having posted here in for a few weeks, as you might've seen I've been posting in other sections of the site while I was supposed to be studying (only during breaks though!). I just did not have the time to take apart the sig rig to test oc's, and I knew that if I came in here I would feel the OC itch and do so anyway!
Good news is that some fans I ordered (8 san ace 1011's) arrived, and all are in working condition. Spent yesterday rewiring them, and it'll help temps in my case by a large margin (*might* be able to run 1.55v 24/7 while in a case). Probably would not make a difference for trying to hit 4.0ghz, but if I actually do, it'll help me keep it running.
Bad news is that somewhere along the line, I screwed up. Set everything up on a bench again, and noticed that my idle temps were 45 degrees. I remounted several times, and during the best 'attempt' I had load temps @ 53 degrees. This is using the same setting as before, where I had 46 (47 for a brief few seconds) max load.
Ambient temperatures were slightly lower as well, to boot.
No freakin idea what went wrong, but I do have a few ideas. I probably had the cooler mounted perfectly, or near perfect to begin with. Second, every time I remove TIM using ethanol, it does not completely remove the bonds and leaves traces/residue behind. Considering I've mounted my cpu cooler at least 20 times, it builds up slowly.
Going to buff the cpu slightly to remove it. My megahalems is also showing some colour distortion as well, in the center where most of the TIM is usually. If I had to guess, I would say it starts to look like its showing some slight copper - which would mean that the nickel plating is extremely thin, and more worryingly that I managed to eat through it partially with rubbing alcohol/ethanol. I'm not sure if I'm just being paranoid, I do not see how this is even possible, yet that is what it appears to be.
In either case, hopefully I'll be up and running and getting some good overclocks soon!
Good luck to everyone else and their oc's, I'll make sure to read through the previous posts once I'm up and running!