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Overclocking Retail Q6600 Computer

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December 20, 2007 10:24:01 AM

Hello,

I have been using my AMD X2 3800+ CPU for quite some time, so I decided to upgrade to a new system for Christmas. :)  Since I usually launch many programs at once, I am planning to get a Q6600 system to take advantage of its quad core CPU. I have done some comparison shopping online and found out a great deal offered by BestBuy.ca:

http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=L&la...

Spec:
1. Q6600 CPU, 2GB DDR2, 320GB, Vista Home Premium
2. 22" ACER LCD
Total Price: $819.99 CAD (Yes, I am Canadian)

It's much cheaper than building a computer on my own. The retail price for the CPU alone costs $300 CAD.

I do plan to overclock this computer a bit, maybe just increase the frequency to around 2.8GHz. I am okay with getting a better cooler, but I do not plan to get an additional motherboard.

Is overclocking this retail built Q6600 system an easy task?
To note, I am a total newbie when it comes to overclocking, so any suggestion is welcomed.
December 20, 2007 11:09:55 AM

I don't think it's a good deal personally.. I also don't know if it will overclock well or at all (locked or unlocked BIOS).

I don't see any specs about RAM speed, video card (if any), or anything like that.

If you can build a computer on your own, odds are we can find you some good deals for a better computer overall.
December 20, 2007 12:14:21 PM

Please do find me some good deals.

Do you think I can build a decent Q6600 computer with 22inch LCD within $900 budget?
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December 20, 2007 1:03:21 PM

i think u can. i dont know what websites u guys use in canada. but i believe u can build very nice system in that budget.
December 20, 2007 4:05:34 PM

cokeboy said:
Please do find me some good deals.

Do you think I can build a decent Q6600 computer with 22inch LCD within $900 budget?



I think so.

I'll check Ncix and a few others tonight for some good deals... Can you list any sites that are Canadian that you wouldn't mind purchasing from?

December 20, 2007 6:27:21 PM

cnumartyr. Thanks a lot!

I wouldn't mind purchasing from any sites that are proven trustworthy and have been around for a long time. :) 
December 20, 2007 7:23:12 PM

cokeboy said:
cnumartyr. Thanks a lot!

I wouldn't mind purchasing from any sites that are proven trustworthy and have been around for a long time. :) 



I did some checking around and it's not easy to build one from NCIX.. would Newegg deliver to you?

That computer might not be a bad deal.. but odds are it has a horrible video card, etc...

What is the computer going to be used for?
December 20, 2007 11:19:33 PM

The computer is mostly for office work, heavy duty web browsing (with 15+ IE and/or FF launched), video editing, working with photoshop. Not a gamer, yet, waiting for StarCraft 2. I do plan to purchase a decent video card on eBay once SC2's out, which, I doubt will be anytime soon.

I can live with on-board video card for now, no problem. My only concern is overclocking the system. Just want to make sure if I can overclock that system, just a bit, easily.
December 20, 2007 11:24:57 PM

I think Newegg does not ship to Canada.
December 21, 2007 4:26:24 AM

Anyone knows if I can overclock this retail Q6600 system?
December 25, 2007 9:13:09 PM

whether you can overclock depends on what motherboard, what speed ram & dont forget a good PSU!
December 25, 2007 9:36:17 PM
January 4, 2008 9:24:42 PM

Thank you goodie. I got a HP M5120n with 22inch monitor for $899 on Boxing day. Nevertheless, your suggestions helped me a lot!

Thank you.
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