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Overclocking an Intel C2D 6800 Extreme 2.93

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March 15, 2007 5:56:13 PM

Hi all! Ive asked on a couple of sites about overclocking this cpu to try and get it to 3.8 without killing my system. These are my base hardware items:

-2 Duo X6800 Extreme Edition @ 2.93GHz 1066FSB
-Monsoon II Lite CLT-M2LI LGA775 CPU Air Conditioner Cooling System
-Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Memory w/ Heat Spreader 4GB (4x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800
-EVGA nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

Anyone got any input on how I should do it? I know i have to go into the bios but I dont have the brain power for it. Thanks!
March 15, 2007 9:38:37 PM

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Hi all! Ive asked on a couple of sites about overclocking this cpu to try and get it to 3.8 without killing my system. These are my base hardware items:

-2 Duo X6800 Extreme Edition @ 2.93GHz 1066FSB
-Monsoon II Lite CLT-M2LI LGA775 CPU Air Conditioner Cooling System
-Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Memory w/ Heat Spreader 4GB (4x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800
-EVGA nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard

Anyone got any input on how I should do it? I know i have to go into the bios but I dont have the brain power for it. Thanks!
First step... read Wusy's overclocking guide. If you are unclear after that, than bring on the questions. You will get the proper help here. :wink: GL :) 

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March 15, 2007 10:35:39 PM

overclocking - getting a cheaper chip to perform like a more expensive chip

x6800 = expensive

you should (with luck) get more out of (in terms of $$$ vs performance) an E6700

ever concidered the Q6700 or Q6600?
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March 15, 2007 11:42:10 PM

NICE!!! Getting a 6700 will save me about $500-$600! Good stuff! Here is my system that I think I will use for my overclocking project. (my first one) 8O :)  :D 

- CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1066FSB
- FAN: CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit + 2 CASE FANS
- HDD: Single Hard Drive (74GB Gaming Western Digital Rapter 10,000RPM SATA150 16MB Cache WD740ADFD
HDD2: Gaming Hard Drive (10,000RPM SATA150) (SATA150 - Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM 16MB Cache WD740ADFD
- MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core Supports) Asus P5N32-E nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
- MEMORY: 4GB (4x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory
- NETWORK: Killer M1 10/100/1000 Gigabit High Speed Online Gaming PCI Network Interface Card
- POWERSUPPLY: Tagan 1100W TG1100-U95 TurboJet Quad Quiet SLI Ready Power Supply
- SOUND: Creative Labs X-FI XtremeGamer 24-BIT PCI Sound Card
- TEMP: Xion XON-ATC001B (Black) Multi Function Thermal Control Panel with All-in-one Card Reader, eSATA, and USB
- VIDEO: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB 16X PCI Express

What ya think? Brought down my total price about $600 total. Not too shabby.
~ BTW! For overclocking this baby should I use:

- Monsoon II Lite CLT-M2LI LGA775 CPU Air Conditioner Cooling System (
or
- CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit + 2 EXTRA CASE FANS
dont want to burn up my cpu.
March 16, 2007 12:36:38 AM

First off don't bother with 2 raptors. Youd be much better off either getting 1 raptor + 1 large storage hdd or 2 higher storage hdd in a raid for teh same price.

If you arent getting a 64 bit os, then don't bother with 4 gigs of ram. You won't be able to make full use of all 4 gigs with a 32 bit os.

The killer NIC is a nice card but most reviews show it gives a negligable performance increase if any. You could save the extra cash and probably not miss anything without it.

The psu is probably more than you need, though it does give you alot of headroom for upgrades. If you aren't planning on going sli at any time in the near future you could probably save another hundred or 2 by going with a smaller and cheaper (not cheap) psu.

As for cooling most people will tell you to go with the big 3. Zalman, Tuniq or Scythe. I'm not sure how good that liquid setup is, but in general most pre-bulit sets are iffy.
March 17, 2007 3:29:42 AM

As previously said, you don't need both raptors, you'd be better off getting one raptor and another drive with a lot of space (although if you want the best performance, then getting two raptors in raid 0 would be best). You don't need Killer, in my opinion it's not worth it's price. If I were you I wouldn't go with the E6700 either, I would go with the E6600 because you can EASILY achieve e6700 speeds with an E6600, yet there's around a $200 difference. Furthermore, it looks like you have a very good system here, should last you for a while and pave your way for a quad core upgrade soon.
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