Overclocking Retail Q6600 Computer

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&langid=EN&sku_id=BDL10001311&catid=20215

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.
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  1. 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.
  2. Please do find me some good deals.

    Do you think I can build a decent Q6600 computer with 22inch LCD within $900 budget?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. cnumartyr. Thanks a lot!

    I wouldn't mind purchasing from any sites that are proven trustworthy and have been around for a long time. :)
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. I think Newegg does not ship to Canada.
  9. Anyone knows if I can overclock this retail Q6600 system?
  10. whether you can overclock depends on what motherboard, what speed ram & dont forget a good PSU!
  11. 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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