my first question is how many mhz does your ram run at?
to start your oc, you should increase the fsb too 333 and the multiplier to 9. leave everything else on auto for now. if it boots to windows, download cpu-z, real temp, and prime95. check the vcore and do small ffts on prime95 to test for stability. u should prime it for at least 6 hours, some may say more but its up to u.
What specific type of ram do you have? You can probably push it to 3.0ghz on stock vcore, so try that to start. After that, raise the fsb until it's not stable anymore, then raise the voltage a little. Keep doing that until you're at the speed you were wanting, while staying under the max vcore of 1.5v.
hey i have a possible strategy for overclocking... thoughts?
drop multiplier to 6 leave volts at stock to eliminate cpu as bottleneck.
clock RAM @ 800MHz and higher-than-rated timings to eliminate RAM as bottleneck @ 2.1v as long as it has a heatsink lol
start upping the FSB by 10 or 33mhz increments depending if you're patient or not until it gets to either 333 or 400mhz, depending on what you want but i would recommend 400 if your mobo can handle it to get the most out of RAM and stoof, increasing FSB (and NB?????) volts when it fails prime95/orthos
once to desired FSB, increase cpu multiplier to desired speed or max OC!
lower ram timings one at a time, testing with memtest86+ or prime/orthos blend test? (which one?)
I've been running my Q6600 @ 3Ghz for the last 2-3 days now with my mobo Vcore set to Auto. It was setting itself at 1.4 volts. CPUZ Showed actual Vcore to be 1.384 Volts under 100% load. It was running stable, as I was able to play Crysis for 3 hours a night the last three nights without a glitch.
Here's where it gets interesting...
Tonight I bumped my FSB up so I'm at 3.2Ghz. I manually set my Vcore to 1.4 Volts. Now CPUZ says my actual Vcore is 1.328 volts under 100% load. Prime95 has only been running for about 8 minutes so far. But it's weird that my voltage is showing as less @ 3.2Ghz than it was at 3Ghz.
That make any sense? (Granted Vdroop is pretty serious in my case). In both cases (3Ghz & 3.2Ghz) I'm showing max CPU temp of 61C with my mediocre cooler.