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.

Intel E6750

ASUS Maximus Formula

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2x2GB)

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610

CPU Cooler
Zalman 9700

Gigabyte 8800gt

Coolermaster Stacker 832

DVD Writers

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 :)

    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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