New to overclocking

Hi all

I'm new to overclocking so here we go..

Right I have everything at stock level and I was told with this setup, I can get a stable 3ghz or even 3.2ghz is this true?

If any one can can give me the settings for my setup and the bios it would be amazing. Or just point me in the right direction.


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 8MB
Asus P5Q, P45, Socket-775
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition (2x2GB)DDR2 PC2-8500C5 1066MHz DualChannel
ASUS ENGTX260 896MB PCI Express2.0
Samsung SpinPoint S166 160GB SATA2
Weston Digital 500GB SATA2
Corsair HX620W


thank
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  1. Hi.

    You can find a very good guide to OC your processor. See here
  2. thanks a lot to read.
  3. After that, look for a guide for your specific motherboard.

    Go through the guides. Then take your core voltage off Auto and set your memory voltage to factory recommended values. Change the System Memory Multiplier (or whatever your BIOS calls it) from AUTO to 2.00, 2.00B, or 2.00D - whichever you need to set the Memory Frequency to twice the FSB. Then when you increase the FSB, the memory clock will rise in in proportion with it. At an FSB of 266 MHz, your memory clock should be at 533 MHz.

    Download CPU-Z to check your FSB:RAM ratio. It should be a 1:1 ratio.

    Warning - there may be a confusion factor between what the BIOS calls things and what CPUZ calls things. What the BIOS calls "memory frequency" is actually the memory clock. What CPUZ calls "memory frequency" is half the memory clock - DDR2 RAM, remember? It transfers two chunks of data each bus cycle. What you want in CPUZ is a 1:1 FSB:RAM ratio.

    For a serious overclock, you will need better than stock cooling. Here are three under $50 heatsinks that are pretty popular:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    Sunbeam
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
    Xigmatec Dark Knight
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    They all require a somewhat different approach to applying thermal compound.
    Suggestions for applying thermal compound:
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=170&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=5

    And last - have fun.
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    Overclocking since 1978 - Z80 (TRS-80) from 1.77 MHz to 2.01 MHz
  4. Jagzc,

    what case are you using? I used the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus in a Cooler Master Storm Scout case, and I had to remove a side panel fan. I just added it to the CPU cooler for a push/pull configuration. I was very pleased with it. Just wanted to give you a heads up about possible clearance issues.

    I use youtube alot, I'm a more visual person. Just search for your case and a cooler and most likely someone has done it and posted.

    And yay, everything jsc and saint19 said.
  5. Ahhhhhh! :hello:

    @ Henrystrawn!
    i just ordered the Cm scout With the same cooler for a friend! I forgot to factor in the height of the case fan! thanks for the heads up! Should Have seen that coming... (Sigh)
  6. fisshy said:
    Ahhhhhh! :hello:

    @ Henrystrawn!
    i just ordered the Cm scout With the same cooler for a friend! I forgot to factor in the height of the case fan! thanks for the heads up! Should Have seen that coming... (Sigh)

    It works good and it looks great. I don't miss the side fan at all. Here's a pic if ya wanna see.

    http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/uu70/henrystrawn/DSCN0483-1.jpg
  7. henrystrawn said:
    It works good and it looks great. I don't miss the side fan at all. Here's a pic if ya wanna see.

    http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/uu70/henrystrawn/DSCN0483-1.jpg


    Wow, that Does look Rather nice...
    Does the setup fit inside the case (I see the side panel is removed)?
    And performance wise? would you recommend it? (Its not my choice my customer said he wanted this cooler specifically but i was thinking of buying one myself)
  8. Yes, it fits fine with about 1/2 of an inch to spare, just not enough room for the fan. I'm very happy with the cooler. The CM storm case has the CPU cutout, which makes it easy to install the back plate without removing the motherboard.

    I have a 955 BE @ 4.0 Ghz that tops out at 54c with OCCT linpack.
  9. That is some hectic performance there.
    Thanks for the heads up
    nice system
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