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Overclocking Intel P4 530J & Abit AA8-DuraMax

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Hello to everyone!

I have a few questions about overclocking an Intel P4 530J (3.0) on an Abit-AA8 Duramax. First, I am new to overclocking but not new to computers. Each computer I have built has pretty much been stock, not too much customization.

Last night I was bored and decided to see how stable my system would be if I overclocked it. I was able to get it to 3.6 without any problems. I am using the stock intel cooler (I know not many people like the stock cooler, but it seems to work fine, cpu temp never reaches 60C.)

Specs:
Intel P4 530J (3.0)
Abit-AA8 Duramax
4x512 OCz DDR2-4300 Value (HA!) RAM
BFG 6800OC PCIe Graphics
500W ThermalTake PSU

I ran Prime95 while running at 3.6, and the temps never rose about 58C. At idle my proc sits about 37C. Like I said before I have stock cooling on the cpu, however, my case has 1 80mm intake, 1 120mm intake and 1 120mm exhaust fans.

I tested out Half-Life 2 last night, while overclocked (with CPU usage, Abit EQ, and RivaTuner running in the background). Even with Half-life2 (graphics/sound settings at max) the temps never rose above 60C.

I have read that Prescott cores run hot, but with temperatures this low, wouldn't this seem abnormal? As far as the RAM is concerned, since it is Value RAM there are no heat-sinks. Running at this speed, what is the probability of damaging/destroying the RAM? Some of the reviews that I read about OCz RAM is that they are very good for overclocking, very stable.

I was also wondering if anyone else has a setup like this, and could let me know their findings. I appreciate any answers given, and thanks for putting up with my ignorance!

Thanks again,
KMount4
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Welcome to the forum ,please fill in your system specs in the user Cp menu
so that everyone here can help you better . Your temps are good for a stock cooler however going over 60c is not a good thing so you're pretty close to the limit, good start though, your next step should be better cooling , and than 4.0 ghz
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Welcome to the forum.

Your temps seem to be on par with what others have. Just keep an eye on them and keep them under 65C full load. As far as your ram you should be alright. If you could post some pics of CPU-Z and fill out your user cp that would help us out.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm glad to hear that these temps are decent. So I can probably stick with Overclocking this system. Also, had one other question..what about the Northbridge? I know putting this system together the Heatsink/Fan on the Northbridge chip was really hot.. I got ahold of Abit tech support and they stated that this is normal operating temperature.

Also, what would be the best program out there to bring my CPU to 100% load? I was using Prime95, but with the CPU usage open it is only at 50% on both threads (HT).

Thanks again,
KMount4

Doh! Trying to attach a picture but it keeps coming back "File upload failed." I'll try again later.
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