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March 9, 2014 9:21:21 AM

Hey guys, I'm not exactly new to the world of PCs, but admittedly I've always had a lot of help when it comes to building my computers. Especially when it comes to the finer technical details.

First of all, I'm looking to get a little better performance out the Total War games. Right now, as long as there's not a large concentration of units on screen, it runs decent enough. Unfortunately Total War doesn't exactly take advantage of multiple cores, so I'm considering overclocking my Q6600 to get more speed out of the 1 or 2 cores it does use.

I'm new to overclocking and would like to know what i need to take into consideration. Also, I am unsure of what other hardware you need to know to better help me, so here's some of my PC specs/info:
Inter Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
8GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX260
Asus P5N-T Deluxe motherboard
Windows 7 64bit

not sure what else would be helpful

Sorry if I'm a little clueless, but I appreciate any and all help!

thanks for your time!
March 9, 2014 9:27:47 AM

What kind of cpu cooler do you have? Is it the stock one or an aftermarket?
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March 9, 2014 9:33:14 AM

AshNRulZ said:
What kind of cpu cooler do you have? Is it the stock one or an aftermarket?


aftermarket, It's a "Freezer Pro 7" by Artic-Cooling

also my tower is a Centurian 5 by Cooler Master, if that provides more info on overall ventilation

thanks for the reply!
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March 9, 2014 9:44:27 AM

I used this guide when overclocking my Q9550.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259899-29-core-overcl...

Yes it's a lot. However, take the time to read it and understand the concepts and process. Don't worry if you don't have the same motherboard or RAM etc. Just learn the process.

What you will get from the guide:
1. Overclocking C2 is done by increasing the FSB.
2. Unlink the RAM from the FSB. You never want to overclock memory beyond it's rate frequency.
3. Watch temps.
4. Only increase Vcore when you've hit a block (ie crashes) and you only raise it a little.
5. OC is a time consuming, trial and error process.
6. OC requires a little luck as each chip is different. You may not get the frequencies that others have achieved with the same CPU.
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March 9, 2014 9:52:59 AM

barto said:
I used this guide when overclocking my Q9550.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259899-29-core-overcl...

Yes it's a lot. However, take the time to read it and understand the concepts and process. Don't worry if you don't have the same motherboard or RAM etc. Just learn the process.

What you will get from the guide:
1. Overclocking C2 is done by increasing the FSB.
2. Unlink the RAM from the FSB. You never want to overclock memory beyond it's rate frequency.
3. Watch temps.
4. Only increase Vcore when you've hit a block (ie crashes) and you only raise it a little.
5. OC is a time consuming, trial and error process.
6. OC requires a little luck as each chip is different. You may not get the frequencies that others have achieved with the same CPU.



reading through it now

thanks a bunch!
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