Safe Overclock Temperature Question

March 22, 2012 at 15:10:45
Specs: Windows 7 Untimate, 8GB
OS: Windows 7 x64
Mainboard : Gigabyte P35-DS3L
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.666Ghz
Video Card : AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
Memory: 8GB GSkill PC-26400 DDR-2800
PSU: Corsair GS600

In the bios I had the CPU frequency set to 400 and the multiplier at x7. I was running at 2.8Ghz and 1:1 with the memory. I figured, the multiplier can go to x8 so I did it wich puts me at 3.2Ghz and still 1:1. So far I have had an increase in performance and there doesnt seem to be any issues. I included a picture of the memory/CPU usage and temperatures while running WoW with full ultra settings. Obviously PCWizard, task manager, avast and other system services are currently running also.

If you can tell me if these temperatures are normal when under full use or if I should kick it back down to x7/2.8Ghz. Also, kicking it up to x8/3.2, do I need to change anything else other then the frequency and the multiplier? for example voltages? I haver never messed with the voltages before so I am unsure in that area. Thank you in advance.

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#1
March 22, 2012 at 15:12:05
I forgot to mention when not under load the temperature drops back down and remains steady around 50-60 which is the same when not overclocked at all

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#2
March 22, 2012 at 17:19:36
50-60C at idle is way too high, it should be in the 30's. I suspect your heatsink/fan was installed wrong. Either it's not locked in place correctly or there's a problem with the thermal paste (no paste, too much paste, improperly placed paste, etc)

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/h...


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#3
March 22, 2012 at 18:36:58
That is a fairly mild overclock so the system should not have a problem, but as riider says, they are high as far as idle and you did not mention your peak temps. If the system is relatively old then you may just need to blow out the dust with a can of compressed air that is available at computer stores and office supply stores (vents, fans, cooling fins, etc). If this does not help, consider reseating the heat sink with new thermal compound on clean surfaces. Look here:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_a...

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#4
March 22, 2012 at 19:44:55
The peak temperatures are in the top right corner of the picture I supplied a link to. These temperatures are also through PCWizard and I dont know how accurate they are. Is there a proper software for pulling the temperature? It is about that timefor me to blow out some dust though. I will check the heatsink but I dont remember having any issues when installing it and this was prob a few years ago.

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#5
March 22, 2012 at 23:41:31
Picked up speedfan and it shows my temp 10 degrees lower then pcwizard does. I think that with getting out the little bit of dust my temp is most likely in the safe zone and if the Overclock is good too then I am set thank you.

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