Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979
I will stress test with Intel Burn Test and if it passes that, I will stress with AIDA64 for at least 12 hours IF I'm happy with those settings. What you can do is find where it is unstable by using Intel Burn Test and then bump it up just a tad and then do the 12+ hour stress test.
This is the one area where I fail - stress testing for long periods of time. I usually go an hour, and if all is good I call it a day. I'm also of the attitude that there's really nothing in normal everyday use to push the system like these stress tests do so I see no need to run for them 12+ hours. On the other hand I don't try to push my system to the edge so my method works for me.
My backup system is a Q6600 (2.4gig) system which has been running at an overclocked speed of 2.83 gig since 07... on air. When I first stress tested it using prime 95, I just let it run for an hour. That's it. Yeah, it wasn't a huge overclock, but 7 years, and still running. That'll work