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Need help overclocking q6600 with 667 ram

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October 20, 2008 7:48:22 PM

I need help overclocking my q6600, im looking for a board thats not super expensive, like 100 - 200 dollars worse case. I have 667 ram and want at leats 3 ghz or 2.83 is fine. I dont have money to buy 800 speed. Is there a good board to buy someone could suggest and can i overclock with 667 ram?
October 21, 2008 2:47:44 AM

You can get it to 3.0ghz without overclocking the ram. Just about any board will be able to do that. It depends a lot on what video card you're using.
October 21, 2008 4:09:26 PM

I have an 8800gt, and the case i have is an Antec 900. would you say i need a custom cooler for the cpu?
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October 21, 2008 8:04:37 PM

I'd say get a SLI board so you have the possibility of that in the future. Honestly, you have like a 50/50 chance of getting a good nvidia board, so I'd look through recommendation carefully. I'd probably get either an EVGA or XFX 750i board. Stay away from Asus when getting an nvidia board.

Yes, I would recommend getting an aftermarket cooler. The arctic cooling freezer 7 pro is a very good cooler at only $27. If you have a bigger case and are willing to spend $37, the Xigmatek S1283 is a little better than the freezer. The prices for these are off newegg, so they may be higher if you're buying from somewhere else.
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October 21, 2008 8:58:14 PM

What is your current hardware?
Please list everything you know and use CPU-Z to locate what you do not.
There is a good chance, depending on your motherboard, that you need to upgrade nothing.

I would defiantly shy away from a nVidia based Mb.
Unless you are already planning on going SLI, a comparably priced Intel Mb will give you better overclocking, stability and features. I hear almost nothing good from owners of nVidia based motherboards.

Although you should be able to hit 3.0Ghz on a stock cooler, an aftermarket one would be highly recommended.
The two listed above are great budget choices but make sure and get the Xiggy S775 retention bracket.
You will be glad you did.
October 21, 2008 10:07:08 PM

Thanks for the advise guys, i DO NOT want to SLI, i have always been a single card kinda guy. When i upgrade my card im going to get a gtx 280 when the price is right but for now im good with my 8800gt, it plays everything at max on my 1650 res monitor except for Crysis of course :p .

My specs are...
Q6600 2.4 stock
2x2gb = 4gb Vista Home Premium x64
8800gt EVGA stock
Antec 650 watt TRIO PSU
Antec Nine Hundred Case w/ add on Side Fan
...and my current DG33TL crappy Intel board that can't overclock (Retail Edge Big Deal Bundle last year)

I like anything EVGA honestly but whatever works is fine with me. I honestly don't want SLI. Hope that helps some. 3Ghz is enough for me honestly. Thats what im trying to hit :) 
October 21, 2008 11:00:46 PM

If sli doesn't interest you, then definitely don't get an nvidia board. This coming from an owner of a 780i. I've gotten lucky and have an excellent overclocking board, but most aren't so lucky.

I can't speak from personal experience about this board, but it seems to be a decent board at a good price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337
Can anyone with this board give some feedback on it?
October 28, 2008 5:42:45 AM

milesk182 said:
Thanks for the advise guys, i DO NOT want to SLI, i have always been a single card kinda guy. When i upgrade my card im going to get a gtx 280 when the price is right but for now im good with my 8800gt, it plays everything at max on my 1650 res monitor except for Crysis of course :p .

My specs are...
Q6600 2.4 stock
2x2gb = 4gb Vista Home Premium x64
8800gt EVGA stock
Antec 650 watt TRIO PSU
Antec Nine Hundred Case w/ add on Side Fan
...and my current DG33TL crappy Intel board that can't overclock (Retail Edge Big Deal Bundle last year)

I like anything EVGA honestly but whatever works is fine with me. I honestly don't want SLI. Hope that helps some. 3Ghz is enough for me honestly. Thats what im trying to hit :) 


The Asus P5Q Deluxe or Maximus II Formula boards are both good oc'ers and reviews don't disappoint.
October 28, 2008 5:48:57 AM

well the reason i like sli (or crossfire i guess) is that you can get two cards that will cost less and outperform the fastest single card on the market! multicards FTW!
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