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View Full Version : Am I pushing my computer too hard?



plutoniumman
05-07-2006, 05:15 AM
I have an Intel P4 Prescott, it's original speed is 2.4 Ghz, and I'm over clocking it to 3.6 Ghz. (The slowest my mobo would let me overclock to...)
So far it's ideling at 108F, and it's pretty stable.

A little later tonight I'm gonna have my PC render some 3D images while I watch the temp.


Do you think I'm pushing it too hard?
Will it reduce the life of my hardware?

oracleguy
05-07-2006, 05:56 AM
Will it reduce the life of my hardware?
Without a doubt.

What kind of cooling solution are you using? Water cooled?

plutoniumman
05-07-2006, 06:26 AM
Without a doubt.

What kind of cooling solution are you using? Water cooled?
fans...
big fans going at max speed. :p
oh, and a good sized heatsync :p

I just got done testing my PC; the max temp was 128F.
Now I got it going normal speed...

Whats the fastest do you think I could safly overclock to if I had liquid cooling? (l know how to better control the overclocking options now...)

oracleguy
05-07-2006, 05:51 PM
The real question is why are you overclocking the machine? Just because you can or because you need the extra speed?

plutoniumman
05-07-2006, 09:19 PM
The real question is why are you overclocking the machine? Just because you can or because you need the extra speed?
A little of both...
More becuase I need the speed than the pointless desire... :P

I render 3D models and do a good deal of video converting.
And I can't afford a new computer... :(

JamieR
05-08-2006, 09:06 AM
I hope you've got some pretty damn good fan, or atleast get a pretty damn good fan...overclocking from 2.4ghz to 3.6ghz is some serious O/C...be careful or you're gonna wreck it. - 108 degrees farenheit is about 42 degrees centigrade, so that's not too bad..

If you can't afford a new computer or processor, don't attempt to overclock any more...

jonnybinthemix
05-08-2006, 05:19 PM
You never know the tolerance of any CPU, because each and every one is different. You may have 2 cpus identical one will go pop overclocked by 1 gb and the other may go right up to 2 or 3 gb over.

This is because when they make the CPU's they benchmark the ones that they make and if they are not stable enough running at the speed they are made to, instead of throwing them away they test them at a lower speed and sell them as slower speed CPU's

With this in mind, there is no way of telling whether you are safe or not, ofcourse water cooling will help, but you will without a doubt reduce the life span of not only your CPU but your system board, PSU etc. I am not a fan of overclocking, it is safe to a certain degree, but pushing it is asking for trouble.

To reduce risk, get a water cooling system, and put the base unit in the fridge! lol

Take a look at overclockers.com and get some info on how far other people have pushed a similar CPU. Do your research rather than just bang it up as high as it will go!

Jon



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