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How much should I overclock until I require water cooling?

By Dysfunction
Dec 19, 2009
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  1. I'm planning on overclocking my core 2 duo, which is 2.4 Ghz.
    How high could I get it without needing water cooling?
    Already got 3 fans, and pretty good air flow. Comp stays fairly cool.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    That's something that you can't determine off-hand. Start OCing in small steps and watch the temperatures. Try and keep the CPU at about under 50 C on load. If you want to stick to air cooling I recommend you get a better HSF than the stock that comes with the processor.
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