I am aware of that XP32 will not use more than ~3,2 GB of all RAM, but apart from the 800 MB RAM loss, will there be conflicts if I don't get Vista- or XP64 regarding the memory?
Will the CNPS fit on this mobo, and will it be able to cool the Q6600 enough for me to boost the FSB from 266 to 400 so the RAM is satisfied?
Many great great thanks for your support and shared expertise!
There shouldn't be any confilcts with the OS
The Zalman CNPS 7000 will probably not be enough to overclock the Q6600 to 3.6GHz (3.0GHz, 9x333MHz or 3.2GHz , 8x400MHz maybe).
A ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme might be enough with a good fan and case.
800MHz RAM can still work at 800MHz even if the FSB is not 400MHz. You just have to select the right ratio
FSB:RAM ==> 266:800 ==> a ratio of 3.0
FSB:RAM ==> 333:800 ==> a ratio of 2.4
FSB:RAM ==> 400:800 ==> a ratio of 2.0 for Gigabyte boards.
I checked the specifications of the Zalman CNPS-7000B just out of curiosity.
It's motherboard compatibility list for socket 775 is unavailable and it's stated on Zalman's webpage that for socket 775 you need to buy an additional mounting clip : http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=143&co...
If no conflicts except the slight RAM loss comes with XP32, I'm not sad.
Concerning the overclock I was thinking of reducing the multiple to 7.5, Resulting in 3 Ghz with 400 FSB. I noticed though the max FSB for this particular mobo was 333 Mhz, but it also says it's compatible with PC2-6400? 6400 runs at 400 Mhz, no? Odd.
Moreover I'm a bit concerned about those "relaxed timings" you mentioned Paul, what is EPP?
Concerning the PSU... argh, I was hoping it would suffice. Perhaps I could try with the Antec 430 W and change if it doesn't work out? (Will anything come to harm out of voltage shortage?)
And about the CNPS, I can't get my hands on the revision 1.1. So that's unfortunate. But better coolers, aren't they also bigger meaning no cooler is compatible with this mobo?
Perhaps the best course would be to switch mobo? Asus maybe? or DS3?
You people are my last hope, really, so I'd be really grateful for continued support.
PS. It seems like most coolers are very hard to fit into cases and onto mobos without spacial conflicts arise. Why is this?DS.
The 7.5x 400MHz is not possible (only 6, 7, 8 and 9 are available for a Q6600 so either 2800MHz or 3200MHz @ 400MHz FSB.
The maximum stock frequency for the P35 is 333MHz or 1333MHz FSB.
A frequency of 400MHz or 1600MHz FSB means you have to overclock it a bit as well.
The relaxed timings are in the range of 5-5-5-15 @ 800MHz if you're unlucky (most chipsets won't manage 4-4-4-12).
EPP = enhanced performance profile, a preset that the motherboard reads from the SPD memory chip so it knows how much to drive the RAM.
I've bought a GA-P35-DS3P and a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme.
They fit perfectly even with a large 120mm fan on the cooler.
To determine what cooler fits what motherboard the best way is to read either a cooler review (anandtech.com, hardocp.com, hexus.net) or check the manufacturers website for a motherboard compatibility list.
A cooler that I know fits the DQ6 is the Tuniq Tower 120.
As for the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme I know it doesn't fit.