I'm thinking of overclocking my AMD Phenom II x6 1090T 3.2GHz. Now in the BIOS setting's I can overclock it all the way up to 8GHz. I'm afraid to have it overclocked that high because I am only using the stock fan @ 6000RPM. I'm afraid that wouldn't be enough and the CPU will burn up, Have the lifespan shorten and so forth.
The two biggest tips I can offer to anyone looking to OC their build is as follows:
a) research b) research some more
Outside of that, make small jumps. Bump from 3.2 to 3.4 and run Prime or another program to verify stability. Bump to 3.6 and re-run Prime (or whatever). Once the system is no longer stable, adjust voltage or other timings to restore stability or lower the processor back down. The system will 'let' you modify things far beyond the actual capability of the system.
Many modern systems will fail to POST if incorrect / unsafe options are selected to prevent damage to it's components. You may need to reset the BIOS to default to recover from this state.
edit: an afterthought. For what it is worth, I have my 2.8 dual core running at 3.6 stable on air cooling at stock voltages. It had issues at 3.8 and I didn't feel like bumping the cpu voltage. The risk wasn't worth it to me. YMW(will not may)V.
You need to start reading a ton... your never gona hit 8ghz... with anything... let alone the stock cooler... if you want to OC read up on it... buy a better cooler... and start messing with settings and testing them...
You can maybe bump your multiplier half to 1 whole step on the stock cooler, though I'd keep an eye on the temps, don't bother touching any other settings, especially voltage.
Best you can do even on liquid is usually in the 4.2-4.5Ghz, the only way to get anywhere near 8Ghz is to use liquid nitrogen, though thats improbable at best to use for anything other then competition class overclocking.
Don't do it. Do you think you have the aptitude to do so?
Indeed, you've been here quite a while and yet you didn't know that there is no way you would ever get anywhere near 8GHz. I think, for you, trying to overclock is asking for trouble, no offense. -- Join Teams Helix and Discovery. Rest in Peace, Leonard David Smith, my best friend, you are missed badly! Rest in peace, Pop, glad our last years were good. Please pray for Colin, he has ependymoma, a brain cancer, donate to a children's Hospital.
I've decided not go a head with my plan to overclock. Because I am being told that the stock fan and heatsink just won't be able to keep the heat at a save level. Besides that I spent every last nickel I building this computer and I don't anymore money right now to build a new computer.
Floyd, it was years ago, but didn't you more or less rail against overclocking at one time here at DSLR? I am surprised to see that you were considering it now.
You can get a very good add on cooler for about 30-40 bucks (Coolermaster Hyper 212+), it is what I use, but in all sincerity, I think your making a good move to at least wait a while.
Better to do this when you can afford to lose a CPU or motherboard and have spent some quality time learning. Just be honest with yourself if you have the aptitude to attempt it. Not everybody is an engineer type person. That's why we have poets and artists and musicians, and, erm, gamers, hah hah. -- Join Teams Helix and Discovery. Rest in Peace, Leonard David Smith, my best friend, you are missed badly! Rest in peace, Pop, glad our last years were good. Please pray for Colin, he has ependymoma, a brain cancer, donate to a children's Hospital.