Now the problem is I cant boot into windows without Blue Screen at anything over 2.7ghz. I have all the normal bios settings disabled that I should. Ive been raising only the vcore and NB voltage and it doesnt help. Ive gone up to 1.5v at the vcore and 1.45v at the NB and I still cant boot to windows.
I know the Striker Extreme is a crappy mobo, but I got a new one at a steal. But it should not be this bad. I used this same mobo to run my 1.6ghz dual core at 2.4ghz no problem.
Could the issue be the PSU? I know its small but this PC runs like a champ at stock 2.4ghz. Any help would be appreciated.
I would say your 350 watt PSU is quite maxed out with your setup at stock speeds. Part of a stable power supply is amp rating and not just total wattage.
I have an E8200, 8800GT, 4 gigs of the same ram that you have, plenty of fans and some other stuff hooked up. I'm running an Antec 650 watt PSU and everything is OC'd to the limit. If I turn on my case lighting my GPU complains it doesn't get enough power. But OC'd components can be extra sensitive to power fluxing some.
680i chipset cannot oc quads. Use the forum search function, for q6600 and 680i, and you'll see a lot of people asking about the same 2.8ghz wall.
Ignore meaningless marketing gemmick names like "Striker Extreme." The board runs on POS 680i chipset. This is one of the reasons I don't like Asus, their naming scheme is really aimed at nothing more than deception. Gigabyte is much more straight forward, GA-P45-DS3L is P45, GA-X48-DS4 is X48. DS4 and DS3L also denotes more detailed hardware specs. Each letter stands for something specific.
Well only reason I bought the board was because we had it at our work and I got it NEW at $100. The board retailed for a lot and I was dumb and didnt research. My buddy is running the same board and he is has hit 3.4ghz no problem and runs it all the time at 3ghz.
I will get a new PSU and see if that helps. If not than a good mobo may be in order. Whats a good mobo for under $100. I dont need sli so it dont have to be nvidia chipset. Is the intel chipset the best for overclocking?
It's interesting that this one doesn't use the fancy name. Basically, for Asus, avoid anything with fancy names. They use them on motherboards that are either bad performers or highly overpriced to fool noobs into buying. Solid products don't need the name.
Performance ranking: P45 > P43 > P35
However p45 does not support full x16 pcie2.0 in crossfire. X38/48 perform the same as p45 while supporting cf, but can run upward of $200.
You forgot to add the shipping of $9 to the price. I did, since this equals the total cost to the buyer. Most people forget to add the shipping charges to their prices, so the when quoting prices, I include every charge that is listed. No suprises that way.