Never really given OC'ing a shot until a couple weeks ago and it turned out horribly wrong for me. Tried OC'ing my ram(2 gb mushkin) on my ASUS M2N SLI-deluxe mobo with amd 6000 and it after getting a bit aggresive the comp didn't turn on(fans did, nothing booted). I ended up bringing it into the shop and they told em it looked like I shot the mobo, and after getting the mobo rma'd they realized i also probably shot the cpu.
Was this due to the fact that in a dumb move by me I keep trying to keep it on, hoping maybe it might bootup? Would resetting the bios have been all i needed to do?
Reason im asking is I decided to replace it with a Gigabyte DS3R mobo and Q6600 cpu with 2 gb ballistix 800 ram and was thinking about trying to OC(this time actually reading the guides rather than "winging" it and dont wanna fry the new equipment. Not really trying to be to agressive with the OC, probably to between 2.8 and 3 ghz, at least at first.
Im not sure what happened to you old components, one of my older core 2 duo sytems running on a Abit AW9D Max got fried one night, not sure what happened.
If your thinking about getting a GIGABYTE mobo go with the GA-P35-DQ6, you can overclock a Q6600 up to 3.4GHz while leaving the voltage settings on auto. I have a guide on my website at speed-geek.net check it out.
I would say run Prime95 in increments at first. Now I may be wrong but this makes me feel better about leaving the computer. Run it for 20 mins while keeping an eye on things, then for an hour or two. If all appears stable, you can let it run for the 12-24 hour tests.
Please someone correct me if this is wrong, this is just what I've done because I too did not trust running the torture test right way w/out being there.