holto243 wrote:Ouch! I'd back off on testing those OC's with the stock cooler. 62 is generally the max temp for AMD cpu's before damage. Personally I've never let my temps go above 54. Regarding getting a better air cooler, AMD cpu's love lower temps so it could very well help with stability but you won't know without getting those temps lower. 10c isn't going to do it because that's still too close to the max safe temps so you'll probably need to lower your OC until you get a better cooler.
However, I've only had limited experience (OCed two phenom II's and an Athlon 64 x2) so you may want to get advice from someone more experienced.
There are detailed guides to overclocking Phenom II's all over such as Dolk's guide http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=596023 which are worth a read.
You should certainly lower those temps though... unless they're in Fahrenheit rather than Celsius
clapton924 wrote:I should have also mentioned that my ram is not overclocked (1333) and I set my NB and HT-Link to stock speeds (2000mhz). I am only manipulating the CPU at this time. Yeah, I know cooler is always better...but I would hate to spend $50 on a cooler to find out that my chip is going to max out at 3.2ghz...
DancinJack wrote:What do you mean? Are you just increasing the base block from 200 and going from there? I wouldn't be worried about the temperatures near as much as running a high voltage through the thing for an extended period of time. 1.425 is about the limit that I'd go, maybe a little higher.
Is there anything that you can't do with your CPU at say 3.2 or 3.3? If so, I don't see why you'd want or need to go any higher. I don't think a new cooler would do all that much for you though. 1.4/1.5V is about as high as most processors are going to go no matter the temperature they reach at that point. If you do happen to go the new cooler route you really shouldn't have to spend 50 bucks. The CM Hyper 212 Plus should give you a little breathing room, and it can be had for ~30 bucks (either from Microcenter or Newegg).