OK, i apologize for being a noob at this. I just bought a 580 gtx gpu and i want to overclock my Q6600, with nForce 680i SLI, to at least 3.0 GHz, to avoid bottlenecking. Im just wondering if the stock cooling will do fine for this or if i should upgrade. i have an xps 720. I have a psu of 750 kw. Also if there is a guide on how to do this, and your opinion on if this will be enough to handle the gtx 580 would be appreciated, and if not any suggestions. Any help would be appreociated.
If you are interested in just 3.0 GHz, the stock cooler will do nicely. A Q6600 wil run a 3.00 GHz with little or no voltage increase. A small cooler such as an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro will that you up to about 3.3 GHz.
the SIMPLE answer would be to change your FSB from 266 to 333. Make sure your RAM divider keeps your RAM at same speeds so that you don't overclock your RAM while you are overclocking your CPU. Done and done!
266x9 = 2394 or approximately 2.4GHz at STOCK.
333x9 = 2997 or approximately 3.0GHz overclocked by a simple FSB increase.
ive just bought the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 and its made a massive difference to the temps in my system just gonna fit a case fan and should be even better then im gonna oc my q6600 to approx 3ghz definately get that cooler if u gonna oc mate it will help