Hello, I would love to over clock my q9300 to about 3.0 or 3.1. I really wouldn't like for the cpu to die within 6 months like most do.
These are my system specs
ASUS p5q3 P45 intel 1600FSB
Blue Orb 2 cpu cooler w/ artic silver 5
DDR3 2gb @1333
Thermaltech 650x psu
antec 9 with 4 120mm fans and one 200mm on top
I've overclocked my last system before but i did it with AI tweaker from asus. Should i use this program again for my new set up? Also i dont mean to sound like a n00b (i am when it comes to overclocking) but i dont understand the math behind overclocking. Is there a thread that explains it?
If you want to be safe, just go as high as you can (stable of course) at stock voltage. The Q9300 should be able to hit 3.2Ghz on stock voltage. They overclock very easily to a certain point while staying cool. The barrier with these is more the low multiplier, which means you have to really push the FSB if you want really high OC's.
But for what you want, you should be fine and safe.