hi i have the above cpu and mobo and would like to oc to about 3/3.2ghz but im worried as these have been used for about 3 years in the current system and was wandering would there be any chance that it would do more harm than good cooling shouldnt be problem as im about to buy a case fan and a new cpu fan/heatsink so any advice would be much appreciated thanks in advance - jb
Had my q6600 for roughly 3 years as well now. Never OC'd it and the CPU jumped from its original mobo to my current mobo. Pumped up the clock to 2.93 (mobo cant go higher) about 6 months ago and it has never run better.
With a good aftermarket cooler it should run perfectly fine at both those OC's you specified and well below dangerous temps.
My CPU never goes above 65c and that's the absolute max it has ever reached on Prime. Idle is around 32c and normal usage / games it runs around 50c.