Originally Posted by owcraftsman
There seems to be a few misconceptions here in a few of the previous post above let me take a moment to clear a few things up.
1st of all this is the Sandy Stable Club offered for OCN members who use this platform to submit their stable bios settings, voltages and temps for other to benefit from these submission as a starting point to begin their overclocking process on their own systems. It's a tremendous resource for the beginner overclocker. The OP includes, specific rule regarding submissions, guides, spread sheet, tips, precautions and general caveats you'll likely encounter with your system to facilitate it's member and potential members for a properly tuned stable system. All else that follows the OP is a discussion of all the above.
For anyone who has had to format and reload windows due to data corruption on your OS drive, which can come from BSODs knows fully the good reasons for making sure your system is 100% stable. Not the least of which is lost precious data but having to reload all your programs & games all over again. Not fun to say the least. Whether you feel it's necessary or not is not a topic of discussion here.
There is no mention in the rules for submission to enter the club where running Prime95 for 24 hrs is required. Rather it has been noted within the body of this thread, and linked in the OP that you will not have completed all test available that Prime95 has to offer in 12 hr. which can take up to 24 hrs where it begins to repeat all available test over again. This is why many feel it's important to run the program for up to 24 hrs to consider your self stable but again it is not required.
There is also no requirement to test GPU or memory which is equally important to do if you want to consider your system completely stable and avoid the ugly mess of formatting and reloading windows, due to a system not shutting down properly which can corrupt the system. A BSOD is not a system shutting down properly. If you have experienced any it is always wise after you stabilize to reformat and reload windows but that is also not a requirement and few will take this measure unless they have to.
Furthermore this is thread is not for normal use unless you consider a 4.0+ overclock normal use moreover it's about running an overclocked system normally as you would expect a system to do at stock speeds. For that matter I always recommend running Prime95 for 24 hrs or one full set of available test, at stock/default speeds to expose any defective hardware before you move on to overclocking. For me it's a no brainier.
As nearly every facet of stability has been discussed within this thread, for all our benefit, one would expect multiple opinions and not all agreeing on what that means consequently there is no etched in stone format to achieving stability amongst it's contributors however the OP has provided rules that clearly state what is required for membership and makes no claim it is the be all to end all arguments otherwise.
What you take away from all these discussions is, as always, up to you but I do recommend reading through all of it because there is plenty to be gained from the experiences shared here.
Finally this is not the place to discuss tuning your overclock it is for submitting your results. If you are having trouble or new to overclocking you will be better served starting your own thread or going to your board specific thread and asking your questions there.