Need advice for a first time OCer

I have built many systems over the years but never tried my hand at overclocking. It is time again for me to build a new gaming machine and I have been doing a lot of research about what components would be best. Here is what I came up with. Any advice that you guys could offer about the setup or how high I can expect to get the e6750 while still keeping it stable within this setup would be greatly appreciated. Just some background on the use. This will be a gaming machine (mainly WoW possible other MMO's that come out this year. Doesn't really need to be Crysis high grafics good). I also use the machine to burn dvd's and some programming. Planning on running Vista Ultimate 64bit.

Processor
Intel E6750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029

MB
ASUS Maximus Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131227

Memory
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2x2GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267

PSU
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

CPU Cooler
Zalman 9700 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

GPU
Gigabyte 8800gt http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814125081

Case
Coolermaster Stacker 832 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119121

DVD Writers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106073

Once again thank you in advance for any input about the setup and how far I should expect to get the e6750 OCed to while still being stable
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  1. Check out my post. My system is almost identical to yours. Check out the screenshots near the end. I got mine to 3.6GHz on 1.425 volts at 67c peak hottest core. My temps could be a little better honestly, but the chip is an interim solution til a Penryn quad that doesn't cost $1100, so any temps within spec don't scare me much :)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/244859-29-overclocking-e6550-6750


    One note I would like to throw in. I don't know about anyone else's experience with DX10, but so far, neither Hellgate: London or Crysis will run properly in x64 DX10 mode, on my machine. Crysis hangs on the loading screen, and Hellgate usually locks up or just dies after 20-30 seconds. I don't know if it is driver related or poor DX code in the games. Just a heads up, you may get a different experience.
    Oh and that machine is perfectly capable of playing Crysis at 1600x1050 High settings still getting 40+ FPS.
  2. The only thing I would change is the cooler to a Tuniq Tower 120, it has much better cooling than the Zalman 9700.



    By systemlord at 2007-12-29



    By systemlord at 2007-11-13
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