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So im able to get my system booted and some what stable at 5.1 when i run prime 95 using small fft it crashes with a bsod, but if i run a game like crysis 2 or i run 3dmarks vantage it runs fine and never crashes... So how important is it to really pass prime 95 when overclocking?
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That is up to you to decide.

The more you run an overclock that is somewhat unstable, the more you stand the chance of running into corruption or crashes. That doesn't mean you shouldn't or can't do it. Prime 95 is just a tool that is used to make sure a processor is absolutely stable under the worst of conditions.

I'd personally like to be more stable than crashing instantly in Prime. You will probably run into a similar situation in a game at some point.
    
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That is up to you to decide.

The more you run an overclock that is somewhat unstable, the more you stand the chance of running into corruption or crashes. That doesn't mean you shouldn't or can't do it. Prime 95 is just a tool that is used to make sure a processor is absolutely stable under the worst of conditions.

I'd personally like to be more stable than crashing instantly in Prime. You will probably run into a similar situation in a game at some point.
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I would not run an overclock without being small fft stable... It's basically going to crash at some point, you just won't know when. Why can't you give it a little more voltage, or back down to 5ghz?
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There aren't many situations that stress your CPU as much as Prime but it can happen. Be aware that if your CPU isn't Prime stable that you are subject to crashes/file corruption at any given time. I prefer my overclock to be completely stable, I usually check to see if it passes Prime for a couple hours, then I run Intel Burn Test for a while to check max temps. Then if I can run Folding@Home for 24 hours without any crashes then my system is 100% stable.
    
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If the stuff you use your computer for dues not cause a crash then it stable enough for you. However, I think you should bring down your OC. There is no reason to have a 2600K at 5.1 if your JUST gaming, especially with just a single 560 GPU.
    
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That is up to you to decide.

The more you run an overclock that is somewhat unstable, the more you stand the chance of running into corruption or crashes. That doesn't mean you shouldn't or can't do it. Prime 95 is just a tool that is used to make sure a processor is absolutely stable under the worst of conditions.

I'd personally like to be more stable than crashing instantly in Prime. You will probably run into a similar situation in a game at some point.
+1 I AGREE

I ran my curent overclock on prime for almost two days, then gave it a break then 10+ hours again. The reason is im pretty darn sure if it passes such a torture test that its good to go.

I had previous a overclock run good under normal load for a day and a half, then crash three minute into prime every time. My point is my current overclock is running very very well, no freezing no blue screens,and handles heavy gaming!

If it doesnt pass prime, i believe you will have a lot of stability issues.
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what is your vcore?
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