First Timer at overclocking looking to prepare himself


This will be my very first post in this forum, so I would like to say hi to everyone within the community. Now I have been searching through multiple threads, reading reviews, and pretty much trying to get a good understanding of how over clocking works. This would be my third self build in about 5 years, and I never really thought about trying to overclock before. But since I have had this computer for about a week now, I have noticed that many people have achieved a 3.0ghz on their Q6600 processor running stable 24/7 off of fan cooling. I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on the type of cooling I should use to achieve this or any other modification suggestions on my current build. Specifications on the bottom :).
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  1. CPU: Intel Q6600 2.4 Ghz

    Case: Moneual Moncaso Dvt 201 G600 ATX Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT 1X120MM

    Mobo: Asus P5K-E/WIFI-AP ATX LGA775 P35

    Ram: OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 4GB dual channel

    Video Card: XFX GeForce 8800GT XXX 512MB 670MHZ 1.95GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card

    PSU: Moneual Moncaso PS1000-500W 500W ATX 24PIN Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan LED

    Cooling: undecided
  2. Welcome to the forums mate. :)

    You have the perfect motherboard to OC and the ram is pretty good too. What I would be worried about is the PSU, since most case PSUs are of cheap quality. Be sure to get a good cpu cooler.

    Some good coolers that will usually allow you to OC higher than 3.4GHz is the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme (TRUE) and the Zerotherm Nirvana.

    A perfect cooler for a low noise operation and moderate OC is the Arctic cooling Freezer Pro 7.
  3. Thanks for the warm welcome, I have heard good things about freezer pro 7. Another question regarding entering the bios to achieve 1 to 1 ratios. Should I rely on the overclocking steps asus provides in the manual, or should I just jump straight into that how to overclock thread thats still active. Im looking for maximum speed at minimum voltage, I know it might be a little much to ask. :P
  4. There's a great guide here in the OC section up on the top. Read it carefully several times to understand how Ocing works. You should also refer to your manual to get use to your bios. Then OC away!

    If you have any further question regarding the guide or the bios, feel free to post it.
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