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Ive been doing a lot of research on overclocking and would like to give it a go. I recently purchased a 570gtx and i think a overclock would give me more fps in some games. I read that all I need to do is bump my FBS in the BIOS and leave everything on auto to get a safe OC, is that true or do I need to mess around with other settings, I read that leaving everything on AUTO can destroy your gpu because PCIE frequency will change or something, I need some clarification on that? Any suggestions as well. I am looking to OC from 2.66ghz to maybe 2.8-2.9 so I dont need to mess with voltage, will that be possible?


I ran prime95 and I got these temps on stock cooling after 15mins. I measured with EVEREST ULTIMATE and Speed Fan, are these safe load temps? I did buy some new arctic silver 5 thermal paste which I can apply on my cpu if that will help at all.




CPU:64c
core1:79c
core2:74c
core3:76c
core4:77c


My specs are:

CM STORM CASE
Q9450 2.66ghz stock cooling
ASUS P5E-Deluxe MOBO
4 gb 2x2 XMS2 Corsaid, 5:6 FSBRAM
570GTX
700W psu



thanks for your time.
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post #2 of 24
Yes you can OC to 2.8~2.9 Ghz without touching your voltage but not all chips are created equal. Some chips can OC way high without touching their volts and at the same time is stable prime95, but there are other chips that can't do it. So it really depends on the chip that you have, it may or may not be prime95 stable. Good luck with that dude!

Secondly, if you plan on OCing please replace your stock cooler since this would definitely hinder you and help prolong the life of your CPU.

Your chip should run cooler than mine, currently with my OC I get 63*C running prime95 for 8hours using my hyper 212+ (ambient temps of 30*C). Those temps you've posted are way too high for my tastes! and you're gonna end up hitting past 80*C if you start pushing it.

Try and get a great cooler (future proofing as well) first before you start tinkering with your chip!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 3/9/11 at 4:52pm
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Also read up on some guides, preferably for your specific mobo, so you know what the basics are like PLL, VTT, VCore, FSB, RAM multiples etc.

Once you know the basics and have tried them out, come back with specifics and you can get lots of help.
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post #4 of 24
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Ok will do. Any good coolers you guys recommend for my cmstorm case that aren't hard to install? Will changing the thermal paste help a lot?
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post #5 of 24
Yes changing the thermal paste will defintiely help reduce your temps betwen 3~5 degrees. The TX-4 or Mx-4 are good candidates for TIM'S.

The tuniq tower 120 extreme is a pretty good cooler that would be able to handle any sandy bridge upgrades you may or may not do. My hyper 212 + is another if you're budget conscious.

have a look at this link:
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
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with an aftermarket cooler you can bump it higher with voltage increase (3.4-3.6ghz, for sure), which gtx570 needs (I think so, atleast)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus View Post
Yes changing the thermal paste will defintiely help reduce your temps betwen 3~5 degrees. The TX-4 or Mx-4 are good candidates for TIM'S.

The tuniq tower 120 extreme is a pretty good cooler that would be able to handle any sandy bridge upgrades you may or may not do. My hyper 212 + is another if you're budget conscious.

have a look at this link:
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tuniq tower 120 extreme ? not bad stuff.
post #8 of 24
H5O if you want no worries. If there is a Microcenter near you, look around for the "refurbs". They're packaged just like the new ones, only they're listed at $55.
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post #9 of 24
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Ok ill check everything you guys posted. I have artic silver 5 thermal paste.


ok gentlemen, I was thinking about getting a Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 CPU Cooler how good is it compared to the TRUE cooler? the pro is i dont need to remove my mobo which i never did.
Edited by Karol3 - 3/10/11 at 2:44pm
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post #10 of 24
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there is also the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2.
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