How many Ghz can you go?

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shutout24
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I was wondering about how much a person has to overclock their CPU before they need to install aftermarket coolers/heatsinks. If a person were to go from 2.8Ghz to 3Ghz or so, would that be enough to require better cooling/ventilation? How many Ghz of overclock (roughly) would a person have to do before the factory CPU cooler doesn't suffice?

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200GHz is hardly enough to need extra cooling. But if it runs hot and crashes a lot then the cooling can't hurt.

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Most people recommend an aftermarket cooler if you are doing any overclocking at all. Some cheap ones can be bought that will let you overclock a little bit; I believe Arctic Cooling has a great one for under 40 dollars. If you want to push it a bit further then it is definitely worth it to purchase a decent aftermarket cooler; look to spend about 45-60. Air flow is also important, but that should be a priority even when you are not overclocking to allow all the parts to run and stay cool during load situations.

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only a 200MHz overclock won't generate any heat. But if the CPU is say like from 2.8 GHz to 3.5 GHz then your gonna need a after market cooler. It also depends on what voltage your using to. when over clocking increase the voltage very little at a time untill it gets too hot

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Alright thanks alot! Also, how much should a person increase the voltage by for a 200MHz overclock? Are there proper increments to go by or do you just increase it "a little bit"?

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shutout24, just look it up on google or on youtube. just type in your cpu e.g. AMD phenom 555 and then overclocking or how to overclock. You cant really say how much to increase the voltage because all cpu's are completely different.

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for a 200 Mhz Overclock you shouldn't need to increase the voltage. if the overclock because unstable with out the voltage change, then increase the voltage up to the next option in the bios

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How much you can go with stock cooling depends alot on what cpu you have for example my brother has a E5200 and its overclocked to 3,6Ghz with stock cooling but the on the other hand it has 12,5 multiplyer and its a cool running cpu, if you can be more specific on your stuff i can surely elaborate more

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shutout24
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My CPU is an AMD Phenom II 955 X4 with a core clock frequency of 3.2 GHz and a multiplier of 16.

Thanks in advance!

Zebben
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For that you could use either 9500 LED or AT doesnt matter really or the 9700, but there wouldnt be a very big difference at lower clocks however you might see a significant difference at higher, but you know size matters and these are pretty good size ones so check ram space and over-all space so that it will fit without problems

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