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Alright, I'm wanting to be cautious about this because its my first time trying to overclock..well.. anything. I've plenty of experience in assembly and repair, just not the overclocking.

I just got my build set up. I've got an EVGA x58 Classified with a Core i7 930, and a Prolimatech Megahalems. (All in a Raven 2, 3 fans blowing straight up, one blowing the extra out) I haven't done any overclocking yet, I'm kind of afraid to go by "research" without instruction.

What temps should I expect at stock level? The motherboard temp gauge tells me 27 and jumps to 32 when I do anything. Seemed odd to me at first, but I thought about it. It's low cuz I haven't done anything to it, I bet.

Ok, overclocking, I know I'll sound like a noob asking, but where do I start? I don't currently have any software for monitoring or changing anything. What do I need? What's the best? (If it's on the cds I'll find out shortly) More importantly, what temps can I expect after I overclock this? I don't want it to jump up to something normal and freak out cuz it has changed lol Also, what's that program that's used to stability check for x hours?

I'm grateful for any help anyone might offer.

tl;dr Help me not murder my $2000 investment? lol

-Error

ps. First post from the new build, Up and running first time I touched the power button. Very happy right now. lol
    
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Download list:

Intel burn test - To check if it is stable
Real Temp - To tell you the temps of the chip
CPUz - to see where your at volt/speed wise

Bios - to actually overclock
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You're good brah, MOAR VOLTZ! GET THAT THANG TO 4.8GHz!!!!
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Grab the tools justinjja mentioned, and you should be good to go. You could also snag Prime95, it's useful for stability testing as well. You'll be raising the BCLK to overclock your processor, take a look at this post for a great walkthrough to get you started.

As for temps, the Megahalems will do great, you shouldn't run into any serious issues. I'm most comfortable with 70C or less, but while stress testing it's ok to exceed that by a bit, as you won't see temps nearly as high gaming as while stress testing.
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So, I scared myself. Using some instruction from that link bakageta gave I got it up to 4018Mhz.. idle.. at 70C.. Then I ran prime and its all like "OMGBEJEEZUS100C-crash"

So I changed stuff around (using more suggestions from that thread) to make it only 3.5Ghz something and it wouldnt even boot. I'm like "ohshii-ohshii-ohshii" And reset defaults. I have no idea what I'm doing... I build, fix, and use computers. This overclocking is a whole new ball game. I know the thing can go over 2.8Ghz. I didn't buy it just to leave it running as stock. I just don't know what all the vcore, dimm, vtt, pll, etc means. If I knew the logic behind everything I might be able to do something more
    
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There's a great post here that describes the voltages in more detail, that might help you out. 70C idle is ridiculously high for any cooler, especially Megahalems, is it possible it's not mounted on there quite right? What are your load/idle temps like at the stock speed? Check with something like Core Temp, if possible.
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I'm running stock right now, Base Clock of 132.67 (Weird number?) The multiplier keeps jumping up and down from 12.5 to 21 (Speed going from 1600Mhz (ish) to 2750Mhz (ish)) My temps are anywhere between 42C to 46 C.

(I haven't done anything more than OCN and facebook since booting. About as idle as it gets.)

I hope I put the heatsink on right. It seemed not very different than anything I've installed in the past. I did slightly worry that It's not on hard enough. I don't know if you have used one, but there are two screws holding the bar that holds it in place. These screws have springs on it (So you can tighten it and have pressure on different heights for different motherboards) But on mine the spring compressed so far that the edges of the coil were pressed against each other. I couldn't turn the heatsink or anything, but it felt like I could have tightened it more.
    
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Sorry if this is a dumb question...but you did apply thermal paste, right?

Temps that high idle @ stock sound a lot like no thermal paste was applied. If you did, what method did you use (line, pea size, grain of rice, etc etc) and how much did you put on? What type of thermal paste are you using? What is your fan orientation on your heatsink?

You should be getting 70*C at 100% load using IBT/LinX with HT enabled at like 4-4.2GHz...certainly not at stock settings and idle.
     
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That's what I was thinking, but I didn't know.


I had two instructions. The Megahalems instruction said "apply thin layer on processor and heatsink" and I think the motherboard said "Apply pea size to processor." So.. I applied a "pea size" on the heatsink and the processor. Put them together, took it apart to see what the result was. Turned into a thin layer over nearly the whole surface. Looked good to me. Whiped, repeated process.

See, I've never had problems with heat with a processor. Fastest I've had to deal with on repairs or whatever have been Core 2 Duos. These people used it for internet surfing so I never bothered with paste. It didnt have it in the first place.

As for fan orientation, I have a raven2 case. 3 Fans pushing air straight up over it. One fan sucking out of the case straight up (right above it). ... Matter of fact, here is an image of it. (Assuming I can link to facebook here) Picture here. The fan on the top right of the image is the top of the motherboard. the bottom left are the fans at the base.

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You should be getting 70*C at 100% load using IBT/LinX with HT enabled at like 4-4.2GHz...certainly not at stock settings and idle.
That's not my idle temp at stock, btw. stock at idle is 45 average.
Edited by Error Lord - 6/13/10 at 12:46am
    
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45C idle at stock is very high for your cooler, I'd definitely redo it. I haven't personally installed Megahalems before, but I'd imagine if you snapped a couple of pics of it someone here could point out if anything looks glaringly wrong.
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