Originally Posted by JewDaddy
Thanks for all the help! I asked a couple of my computer savvy buddies as well and they said its not worth it to upgrade my CPU right now. As far as overclocking, I really don't know the first thing about it. Is it something I do in bios or is there a program to use in Windows? Also, do you keep the CPU on some type of automatic overclocking or do you have to manually overclock whenever you plan on playing a game?
I just get nervous about messing something up and then frying the whole motherboard along with other components.
I would suggest purchasing a good heatsink and thermal paste. I use Gelid GC Extreme, which is not electrically conductive, non-curing, non-corrosive, and non-toxic.
With that fitted, all I had to do on my system was set the multiplier to 45x in the bios and it's now running at 4.5GHz on all cores rather than dynamically scaling from 3.2 to 3.7GHz depending on load. I think the "safe" speed for a 2600K is 4.4GHz. (slightly lower clock than a 2500K due to HyperThreading)
Once that's set, just run a tool like Prime95 or Intel Burn Test for a couple of hours to check that your system is stable at those speeds, and that the temperatures are ok, and you're good to go.
Originally Posted by Marafice Eye
Oh I know, I just gave him a peak temp to avoid lol. You'll never hit that high during gaming, but under a full load run of Prime95 to test OC stability? Even with a Noctua you'll see temps above 80c depending on OC speed and how long you run it lol.
I normally use Intel Burn Test which pushes temperatures higher. If I leave it on for hours it will start to approach 60C, but in normal use the system rarely hits 50C under load. (most applications don't push the CPU as hard as synthetic tests)
I don't know where you got the idea that a Sandy Bridge chip will hit 80C on air, especially if you're using something like an NH-D14. Ivy Bridge/Haswell perhaps, as they have had a lot of problems with the IHS
While it's obviously not an extended test, here's five minutes of running IBT:
under five I suppose, as it had not completed the third loop)