Re: Gulftown, Bloomfield, Lynnfield, Clarkdale Overclocking Guides (1156/1366)
Just to emphasize my thoughts mate, I think you have done a great job with those guides!
Everyone has their own method and as long as it works for them, it's a good method IMO. I am greatful personally for you writing them as they do give very good explanations for what various voltages do. Also for the beginner, as LSD says, it gives the extreme novice a starting point on how to get going on an OC. The guides are logically laid out and well presented. Sounds like a minor detail, but I also like the dark background. I find it much easier to read than white backgrounds with black writing.
I have used my method for as long as I can remember with immense success, however I am open minded to suggestions. For example I freely admit I've only built nine i7/i5/i3 systems, so the intro and voltage explanations were useful to help me clarify in my head what does what.
I also agree that the best "stability" test is using the system for what ever you do the most, be it 3D gaming, modeling, encoding or simply web browsing and word processing. The only reason I usually emphasize a vigorous testing regime (50 IBT runs and 24 hours total of Prime 95 as a minimum) is because I've had problems before where a slightly unstable system has corrupted my precious data. There were always backups, but unless one runs a RAID array with redundancy, there is usually some data loss as nobody really backs up every day, unfortunately.
Don't know if it's worth mentoining or adding to your guides, but having an image of the OS drive before you start clocking is a God-send, especially if clocking the RAM too.Since getting Acronis, I can now simply re-image a slightly corrupted OS in about 3 minutes... amazing. I'm a bit over cautious, but as I often deal with other people's PC's, you can never be too careful with another person's data.
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