Still in the quest to getting my PC faster, i have found that i can actually overclock that little machine of mine quite impressively.
It’s a socket 754 SMD “Sempron 2800+” which originally runs at 1,600 MHz. Currently i’m running it at 1,800 MHz and it’s temperature is only ONE degree higher (44 vs 43 idle, 47 vs 46 after running at 100% for half an hour). I am using the stock HS/fan that came in the box together with the CPU.
I’ve read on the internet that this CPU can be run at 2.400 MHz with stock cooling, HOWEVER that was probably in the northern part of Europe - here in South-East Asia it is certainly not advisable. I already had it running at 2,200 MHz but within just a few minutes (like 10 minutes) only idle the temperature reached 50 degrees Celsius, and i don’t want to risk my poor CPU. I have to add that the temperature in the room was 32 degrees Celsius, and it doesn’t get much cooler than that.
Now in the morning today i was looking at some cooling options here at a large computer store, and i found very impressive looking coolers of which i had read on the internet before, Cooler Master and Thermaltake to be precise, various types.
Now the problem is, those always require to take the mainboard out and attach some “frame” to it, using screws. And i do NOT wish to take my machine apart again! Because i don’t know how the performance of those coolers is, they all had “heat pipes” and i never used one such, and going thru the work taking the machine completely apart to attach a cooler that doesn’t cool better than the stock one… i want to prevent that.
So here i ask: Which CPU cooler can be recommended by the users of this forum, for overclocking a socket 754 Sempron which runs at 1,600 stock, to 2.200 or even 2.400 and keep the temperature at no more than 47 degrees Celsius? I get that temperature at 1,800 MHz with the stock cooler, and don’t want it to go any hotter.
Watercooling is NOT an option since the case is unusable for that.
Oh, and if the cooler can be attached just by clips it would be nice - i want to prevent taking the mainboard out.
I apreciate any advise.