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HEY GUYS... im new ( i hope this question is in the right section). I recently built a beast of a system i was able to get a xeon unlocked test chip for cheap and i am now using it in my gaming rig. The stock cpu clock is 2.53 can i over clock it to maybe 2.8 and still be within safe limits got no idea what im doing here. Not asking for anything extreme just wondering if i can do it safely with stock cooling even though i have a total of 9 fans in my case helping with air flow
    
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what revision is it? B0?
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gonna sound retarded but i have no idea what that means
    
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stock cooling is always inadequate. you could pick up any of the 1366 socket coolers and be much better off. an option that most users go for on a budget is the Coolermaster Hyper212+ (or now, the corsair equivalent the AX70 i think it is called). affordable performance!

If you want a little more cooling for the buck, then you can check into Megahalem coolers or the noctua lines. if you have a bit more of an adventurous side there are several all in one liquid cooling kits which will provide you the most headroom for overclocking on a very tight budget. you can get the corsair H50 for i think 60 now.

If you have a slightly larger budget, you could go with one of the XSPC rasa kits, which are phenomenal for their price point but can be very intimidating for someone who has never assembled a water cooling loop before.

Any of those above cooling methods will be more than adequate to give you above 3GHZ stable with very sufficient temps. I do think, since you mentioned gaming, that the sweetspot for an efficient overclock to not bottleneck your other hardware is in the 3.4-3.8 Ghz range, which I assure you that xeon will hit with ease.
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so should i leave it alone till i change the cooling?
    
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you could tinker with it, and i recommend doing so to familiarize yourself with the BIOS options, just download some temperature monitoring software and either prime95 or linx or both to run some stress tests on the cpu after you've tinkered with it. My personal thermal threshold when I am overclocking is about 85C. I know that most chips can go close to 100C but I just feel that having that much heat on something as sensitive as a CPU and surrounding components is dangerous and can cause premature degradation of your chip.

Do take this with a grain of salt, I just want to give you all the bad possibilities up front so nothing goes wrong on your end.
post #7 of 11
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well when i play fallout new vegas my cpu hits between 29c and 34c thats between 84 and 94 degrees (i think) and this is at factory cpu clock even though i got the graphics maxed out as high as they go
    
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Originally Posted by jhsuperfast View Post
gonna sound retarded but i have no idea what that means
here download cpu-z for cpu motherboard memory info
http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/cpu-z/1.57-setup-en.exe

gpu-z for graphics card info
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1930/mirrors.php
     
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well when i play fallout new vegas my cpu hits between 29c and 34c thats between 84 and 94 degrees (i think) and this is at factory cpu clock even though i got the graphics maxed out as high as they go
Then I would say you either have one very chilly room or you got a golden chip

Try pushing it a little with the software I mentioned, like prime95/linx to ensure stability. Those programs are designed to completely max out your CPU/RAM capabilities which translates into gobs and gobs of heat. If you keep bumping up your CPU slowly until you hit that 85C mark then back it down a little until you can get a better cooler.
post #10 of 11
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maybe its the buttload of fans i got in my tower 4 on the side 1 on the back 1 on the front 1 on the top and 1 on the bottom
    
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