i have a: Q6600 go stepping cpu
4GB 800mhz ram
abit Dark Raider IP35 motherboard
nvidia 8800GTS (getting a 4870X2 when it comes out).
i got my computer to 3.4GHz
but it was a bit unstable, i increased the voltage to the cpu and ram slightly but im new to voltage increases so didnt want to take it that high.
now i have it running stable at
idle is 36oC so i think thats good.
my fan is a artic freezer pro 7 and it handled the 3.4GHz processor, i just needed to increase the voltage to make it more stable but as im new to increasing the voltage i didnt want to take it that high.
i did look at ddr2-1066ram but it cost so much more for such little performance increase. i built my pc about 9months ago and i was on a budget. i think i did good but i got a ok graphic card, not the best and now im gettin the ati 4870X2.
i just wanted to get everything else as fast as it can. and im quite happy now. i think i could get a little more out of it but im not the best at overclocking
Still, that speed is pretty good and will serve you well. If anything, the 8x multiplier might give you a little more wiggle room, if you wanted to play with that. Most of those chips OC like mad and perform well as long as you keep them (and the NB) cool.