Overclocking i7 930 question

Hi guys, I am considering buying the following rig:

-Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7 930 Quad Core Processor (3.36GHz, 8MB Cache)
-Single 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5870
-6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
-500GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
-Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

My main concern is overclocking the i7 930 to 3.36GHz. Obviously it is a very moderate overclock and was wondering if it was compatible and would run efficiently with 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3. I've read that 1600Mhz is recommended for overclocked CPUs, but would rather not spend the extra money if I didn't need to. Like I said, it is a very moderate overclock so is there any point in getting the 1600MHz? Any feedback on my build would be greatly appreciated. :D
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  1. Normally 1600 MHz is suggested because it does not limit your overclock, however if you have the ability to set your memory multiplier to 6x it shouldn't be a problem.

    If it's a very mild overclock then I doubt it.
  2. I have an i7 930 running at 4.3Ghz that should be ok.. however if you get the bug like most of us do, you will appreciate the 1600 ram..high speeds with low cas makes a difference in response and feel of your general daily computing experience. I know I have an extreme overclock. however Lmeow is correct in that it keeps the ram from being a bottleneck but then again you can always get faster ram.. I have 1600 running at 1640 and now wish I had gotten 2200 but if I had 2200 I would wish I could get higher.. once you get something you will want better.. we call it the bug.. upgrade bug and you get addicted to upgrades and overclocks. my 4.3 won't be good enough for long will be going for 4.5 in a few months once my tim cures

    a mild overclock doesn't need faster, but the headroom is good to have ( I hope this helps)
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