-Asus P5W DH Deluxe
-Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4
-Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK (2 sets for a total of 4GB)
-ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
-Vista Ultimate 64
Currently I have the CPU OC to 3.15GHz (350 is the setting in BIOS). Ram is set to 2.15 on voltage. Should I be able to take the CPU higher? Any higher and the machine wont boot. Maybe I dont have the voltage for the CPU set correctly? I have it at 1.4... I read it can go to 1.5 safely. Ive seen posts where users have taken this to 3.6GHz + I thought. Is it my mobo, voltage, RAM or my own stupidity?
Bare with me as I know a decent amount about computers, but not *that* much.
My Q6600 (which I believe is essentially 2x e6600s) is stable at 3.2 on the same cooler. Have had it up to 3.6 but didn't like the temps. you should be able to go much further than 3.15 on the CPU/mobo combo.
Some CPU's are simply better overclockers than others. But I think that your limiting factor is your HSF.
I have both an ACF7 and a TRUE. My experience with both an E6600 and a Q6600 (G0 stepping) is that while keeping what I would call "reasonable" temperatures (about 60 C), the stock HSF is good to about 3.0 GHz, the ACF7 about 3.3 GHz, and the TRUE about 3.6 GHz - all with maximum load on the cores. But remember, YMMV.
If you want to try to go higher, try the Xigmatek HDT-S1283. Reviews say that it is a very good, medium priced HSF. Reviews also indicate that it is very nearly as good as a TRUE/S-Flex fan combination, but it costs only about half as much.