Q9450 + P5Q Pro: feedback wanted


I'm quite new to overclocking. My Q9450 is currently stable at 3,24GHz (405x8). I'm aiming for 3,3GHz (413x8), maybe 3,4 if my temps aren't too high. I'm looking for some feedback and comments on my current results. I don't know a lot about RAM timings etc. Any advice how to go from here would be great. :)

Specs: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 + Scythe Mugen, ASUS P5Q Pro, Mushkin Redline XP2-8000 996593 (2x2GB), Corsair HX520, ATi HD4850, 1*200mm + 5*120mm case fans.

Currently Prime (blend) is still running at the last settings.

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  1. Welcome to the forums!

    It looks like you are doing fine on your own so far ;)
    I would recomend reading through the following as they should answer most of your questions:
    Core 2 Overclocking Guide
    Core 2 Temp Guide
    Memory FAQ

    As for advice on where to go from here...
    Keep pushing the overclock until you hit the limits!
    Motherboard, RAM and cooling willing, your CPU should have no issues running at 3.6Ghz or higher.
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