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How high should I OC my i5-2500K?

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I currently have an Asus P8P67 mobo, i5-2500K, CM 212+, and three fans in my CM case. I am relatively new to overclocking so how high would you advise me to go? Thanks.
post #2 of 11
as high as you can get it stable,with having low temps
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Originally Posted by AMOCO;12132544 
as high as you can get it stable,with having low temps

Thank you for your response. Could you be a little more specific? What temps are considered "safe"?
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With the 2500k 75c would be within spec according to Intel. However in order to prolong the life of the chip, you want the temp as low as you can get it.
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up to 1.4v seems to be the green zone, up to 1.5v seems to be yellow, 1.5v+ seems to be red.
also people are suggesting staying mid 70's or lower although the chip doesnt throttle until somewhere in the 90's
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4.5 GHz should be plenty fast enough, and virtually all chips are capable of it. Anything above that is a johnson-waving contest and doesn't really accomplish much aside from increasing your hydro bill, unless you're doing super CPU intensive stuff like video encoding. 4.5 GHz is a great point to start and end at.
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4.5Ghz.
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Originally Posted by Godinster;12132670 
4.5 GHz should be plenty fast enough, and virtually all chips are capable of it. Anything above that is a johnson-waving contest and doesn't really accomplish much aside from increasing your hydro bill, unless you're doing super CPU intensive stuff like video encoding. 4.5 GHz is a great point to start and end at.
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4.5Ghz.

4.5ghz is the sweet spot...
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Originally Posted by uKnighted;12132714 
4.5ghz is the sweet spot...

4.4 for me frown.gif 4.5 wont stabilize completely, passes an hour of prime but blue screens while just playin itunes lol
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4.4 for me frown.gif 4.5 wont stabilize completely, passes an hour of prime but blue screens while just playin itunes lol

You can probably see in my other post I'm up to 1.4v because the ud3's vdroop can drop all the way down to 1.32 volts on load =\ This is for 4.5ghz...

If that wasn't a problem, however, I don't see why I can't hit 4.8ghz on that voltage... temps are perfectly fine.
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