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Overclocking my Q6600 for the first time

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February 28, 2010 5:20:49 AM

Hello guys.
This is my first question on this site but I have read a lot of your guys responses to replies and I am very impressed. Anyway before I start this is my rig:

Q6600 G0
Antec 1200
BFG 1000w PSU
P5Q Deluxe*
Coolermaster V8 (Arctic silver 5 used)*
4GB OCZ Platinum 800mhz
LG Blu ray burner
DVD writer
Samsung 1TB F3*
Saegate Barracuda 500GB
HP Media Drive 500GB
GeForce 9800GT 1GB
Win 7 64 bit*

Now I received a few bits yesterday (the ones marked with an asterisx) and before this my best temps on a standard clock were 25 degrees (idle). With all of the new bits I am quite impressed that the idle temps have dropped to between 18 degrees and 20 degrees with an ambient temp of 26. I am going to try my first overclock today when I finish work and am a bit scared (it was scary enough when putting the bloody thermal paste on!). Now I know that there are are a lot of guides on here and around the internet but they are very generic. I want to get to 3.6ghz ideally but I wonder where I should start. I understand that it's good to have 8x 400 for 3.2 (to keep 1:1 on RAM) or 9x 400 for 3.6 but could anyone give me a few pointers on where to start. I want to keep temps under 70 really so do you think this is possible. By the way how reliable is Speedfan for monitoring temps and is there a better app?
Thanks for any assistance that anyone can offer.

February 28, 2010 3:48:18 PM

I have overclocked to 3.6 with a FSB of 400 x 9 with a vcore of 1.38 in bios. Prime 95 on test 14 and the highest temp is 71 otherwise staying around 70. At this exact moment here is what speedfan says
system 31
cpu 63
aux 37
core 0 70
core 1 71
core 2 65
core 3 65
Is this too high or should this be ok? No crashes and ooh it's just told me it passed all 8k tests and is now on 10k tests

Thanks again
February 28, 2010 4:24:27 PM

Sorry Vcore is 1.36250 not 1.38
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