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Overclocking Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 System

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August 18, 2010 9:21:12 PM

Hi,
I am looking for some advice on overclocking my system, I am a complete n00b when it comes to this type of thing, so ANY advice would be greatly appreciated;

I have the following spec;

CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 @ 3.00GHz (w/ Titan TTC-NK85TZ/V2 Fenrir CPU Cooler)
Mem: 8GB OCZ Platinum - Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q SE (LGA775)
GPU: 896MB GeForce GTX 260

Everything else is pretty bog standard. Antec 300 case, 1 Extra Akasa Amber 120mm fan and an Arctic Power 700W PSU

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated, as it seems you have to do this as a whole rather than bit by bit. My main problem is understanding what mean what in the BIOS.

Cheers chaps
Darren
August 18, 2010 10:23:31 PM

2 quick points #1-make sure you know how to reset cmos on your motherboard before trying to overclock anything because you will be doing it a lot! #2- make sure you have another computer available to use to get online just in case your computer won't start after your overclocking attemps.

F.Y.I. My QX9650 takes 1.37v to be Prime 95 stable (small fft) at 4.0ghz.
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August 19, 2010 11:58:31 AM

You have a QX9650, O/C will be a bit easier as u just have to adjust the multiplier instead of the FSB. Also like easymone9 said. Prime 95, OCCT, and other stress testing programs are availiable to check the stability of your O/C
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August 19, 2010 1:14:29 PM

It's not the testing side I have a problem with, it's knowing what setting does what. It would be nice to know how someone with a similar system got on and what sort of settings to tweak :( 
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August 20, 2010 1:25:41 PM

dude, it's a "QX9650" it has an unlocked multiplier. Since you're obviously a n00b to overclocking, just keep increasing the mulitplier until you get a BSOD while running prime95. when you get the bsod, lower the multiplier back to the last good multiplier. this will keep you safe, and you'll probably get around 3.6 - 3.8 out of it. if you want to push it a little more, just add voltage to your proc. this will increase power consumption as well as produce more heat, and shorten the life of your proc (but you will get a higher overclock.)
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