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Ok, so I got my rig up and running a couple of days ago. ( Sig rig ) I'm looking to OC the X4, but I'm new to OC'ing and have some questions.

1.) What should I keep my temperature below? Obviously, as low as possible, but what temp is too high? Currently averaging about 25C at idle. Haven't tested load.

2.) I have the stock cooler on it, using Arctic Silver Ceramique. Should I wait to get a better cooler before OC'ing?

3.) I've got it on an MSI 790GX-G65 board, which has an automatic OC switch, and a lot of utilities in bios. Should I use the switch, the bios, or something else?
post #2 of 10
Depends on your personal prefferance. If you like running stock, just use the switch It's a very good function, my mobo also has it, though I don't use it. The OC Presets in BIOS are usually very poor- 7% max, where with manual OC you can get 20.
After you get a hotter GPU, you will need a new cooler for the CPU. For now I guess you can run it stock. Try to keep the temp under 55 max load.
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What should I use to test under load? I've been running a laptop for so long I don't know much of anything about things like this anymore. lol
post #4 of 10
Prime95 if you need 100% stress test. If you don't want to battle a complicated UI- try Orthos. From what I've heard doesn't test stability as good, but surely will heat your CPU to the limit.

Note: I think you may need to run 2 instances of those to test Quad CPU
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I'll check out Orthos. Thanks.
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I use 12 runs of Intel Burn Test for quick tests. But like ronnin says, Prime95 (blend) will probably be your best stability tester.

Also, if the Athlon IIs are anything like the Phenom IIs, I'd stay below 62C.

EDIT Post back with your max OC. I have the same proc and I'm looking to OC, but don't know what I should be aiming for. Cheers!
 
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I use 12 runs of Intel Burn Test for quick tests. But like ronnin says, Prime95 (blend) will probably be your best stability tester.

Also, if the Athlon IIs are anything like the Phenom IIs, I'd stay below 62C.

EDIT Post back with your max OC. I have the same proc and I'm looking to OC, but don't know what I should be aiming for. Cheers!
I think Aths don't handle heat that good. Phenom may run hotter (I'm not sure however). At 60C my Regor 260 crashes
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Under full load with both Orthos and Prime95 it sat consistent at about 50 - 52. How much will a 20% increase effect the temp?
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Under full load with both Orthos and Prime95 it sat consistent at about 50 - 52. How much will a 20% increase effect the temp?
Lots. 3.2 to 3.7 got my temps 15+ more with the stock cooler
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Well, using the switch, I got a problem with 20%, and got some odd error that was mostly off the screen at POST. Switched to 10%, and it started up, runs fine, but doesn't seem to actually have changed anything.
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