Ok so this is my first post in these forums, and I know the title is a tad ambiguous as 'safe' and 'overclocking' can be oxymoronical if you don't have the means to get it right. I've tried my best to get a decent setup going for gaming and all that it entails but I am a bit concerned about appropriate cooling when it comes to getting it ramped up for hours of gaming. Specifically I'll be playing Skyrim and Guild Wars 2 most of the time, and even though my rig is supposedly OC-safe (it's got Republic of Gamers stamped all over the motherboard), I wanted to know where to start with overclocking. My concern first came about when I had Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 Beta Clients both running for about 3 hours (I forgot I had the original Guild Wars still going) and there was a tiny message come up on my screen in the background that said the CPU temp had gone over 65°C. Now I know from reading previous posts that this isn't good. So, a bit more on my rig at this point... the original CPU cooler was a generic heatsink & fan deal that squealed it's tits off at normal speeds (~6300rpm) which was not only way too high compared to other coolers but it was also extremely irritable like listening to a dentist drill. I ditched this cooler and went for a ThermalTake SpinQ VT cooler. Here's some pics of the setup as it is currently... Insides 1 Insides 2 Insides 3 Insides 4 New Components (Minus the CPU cooler) Anyway, because of my hesitance due to overclocking based on my old PC from maybe 10 years ago and the endless jumper combinations it had onboard, one could say I'm not that confident in overclocking PC's. I know times have changed a lot, and in particular my motherboard is made for overclocking duties so it kind of wants the punishment, but I'm still quite the noob when it comes to stuff like this. Most of all I want my system to run safe, even though I have some of the best quality goods from maybe 6 months ago, I don't want to stress anything out too much because I like my systems to last a while. I'd like the graphics on Guild Wars 2 to be pretty but not at the cost of generating too much heat and making the components unreliable after just one year of use. I'll turn down the settings on the game if need be, but I want something that can run fast with everything else and not be in danger of frying. I thought I had enough fans to go around; the case has two 120mm intake fans, one 140mm exhaust fan at the rear, one 200mm top exhaust fan (all can be speed adjusted), and I had to scrap the side fan on the case window because the CPU fan is a big bugger and space-wise it wouldn't play nice with it. The CPU fan is puttering along at 1300rpm right now but can be manually adjusted from a pot (potentiometer, dial) attached to wires on the outside of the unit. So based on this info can someone give me a nudge in the right direction as to where to start my overclocking adventure? Thanks in advance.