Aftermarket CPU cooler to support overclocking ability
Air cooled case with lots of breathing room
I have heard lots of bad things about the P5N-E SLI with the Q6600 and overclocking. I'm not great at it yet, but I recently starting diving into 1:1 ratios and memory timings. It's sorta confusing. I wanted to overclock my CPU to get from a 2:3 ratio to a 1:1 ratio, while getting the most out of my CPU, since I know you can overclock the Q6600 way up.
Ideas on a good motherboard to support it, or can I continue to run on my P5N-E SLI board? And how much would I need to overclock it to hit that 1:1 ratio? Is that even desired? I don't want to under clock my Ram either, since I know the speed from 1:1 wont match up to the speed lost from under clocking ram.
Go through the first two threads. Do not do anything until you have a good idea about what you are trying to do. Once you have definite questions (you will, you will ), come back and ask.
Keep in mind that these are guides, not cookbooks. YMMV. Your Mileage May Vary. Because of all the variables, you may not do as well as someone else with a similar system. Or you might do better.
I am not a proponent of overclocking memory for Core2 systems. Many times, overclocked memory limits the CPU overclock - where the speed really comes from. Here's a thread discussing that: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/251715-29-ratio-myth
Overclocking since 1978 - Z80 (TRS-80) from 1.77 MHz to 2.01 MHz