Overclocking a Q6600 with 4 x Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5D-1066_5-5-5-15_2.10_V4.1 RAM
0S=32bit WINDOWS NT5.3 or XP SP3
I found a DELL Dimension e520 on the tip face - Base CPU unit only, in an ACER i7 cardboard box - someones really got the $#!+$ and upgraded... The e520 contains a DELL E210882 Rev.A01 M/B, Q6600 G0 CPU with Corsair CMX2x1024-8500C5D-1066-5-5-5-15_2.10 ver4.1m, 650W Antec powersupply, 320GB HDD, LG Blu-ray DVD RW combo drive, M/B graphics (shared RAM) - the PCIe plate was missing so I guess they tried an add-in card...
Before opening up. The machine would take about an hour to boot. The only problem was a 95% fragmented boot partition on the HDD. According to ULTIMATE DEFRAG... I managed to load a few tools... To enable a quick peak at the data/software on it. No wipe/clean/defrag EVER! my guess.
I Updated the BIOS to v2.4, Reinstalled NT5.3 from scratch and she works fine... The mentality of some people? Disposible Society? Their loss, my gain... Since it cost me nothing I thought I would try overclocking it.The DELL BIOS doesn't seem to allow O/C. Nice RAM... but running standard PC6400???
Memset doesn't seem to work. A few things I could not adjust (see below)... A few settings I am unsure of as well. *** Comments please. I have read some good overclocking posts. Cutting through the B/S is my main concern.
I thought I might edit some HD-Video using this e520. Photoshop and some 3D rendering. No games unless there is a Grand Tourismo 5 equivalent on the PC? I am planning on purchasing an ATI HD5750 with ICOOLER IV (fits in dell case-single slot) @ AUD$117 (new) for the e520 or other another existing PC.
*** Any ideas on obtaining optimum settings ??? Is there a substitute (alternate/equivalent brand/model) motherboard BIOS which allows user setting changes?
If the DELL M/B wont overclock I might just strip it down and build another PC using a new M/B. I am prepared to spend no more than AUD$200 on an upgrade. I have an unused tower case available and a spare PCI XFi+ sound card, HDD'sFans etc.
*** If I cant use the DELL/INTEL M/B what would be a good safe bet M/B for overclocking my q6600. RAID-0 would be required if not on M/B. I guess I could use a PCIe 2Ch RAID controller. *** Any suggestions here?AUD$200 (new or 2nd hand) should get me a reasoable graphics card/motherboard (raid?) and possibly a CPU cooler.
--- MEMSET 4.1 (DOESN'T SEEM TO WORK - SEE MY NOTES BELOW WITH SETTINGS THAT I COULD FIND - CORRECTIONS/SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED)
CAS# Latency (tCL) = 5 ? (SHOWS BUT CANNOT BE SELECTED LOWEST VALUE SELECTABLE=10)
The best thing to do is to get a new case and motherboard. The case will be all preference but the motherboard should either be an ASUS P5Q Pro or a Gigabyte P45 UD3R motherboard. Both are GREAT overclockers.
I had my Q6600 in an ASUS P5Q Pro and got it to 3.6 GHz with a Xigmatek HDT s1283 aftermarket cooler.
All the rest of your components are fine.
Also, if that dell does not have a discrete video card solution, you will need to buy one (as you suggested that you'll be getting the ATI card).
Thanks for the response. Some nice motherboards boards there. Gigabyte is certainly good on spin... I am able to source from the following stocks...
NEW! Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L Mother Board, P45+ICH10, FSB 1600 MHz, DDR2 1366+, PCI-E x16 2.0, SATAII, GbN LAN, 7.1-channel, ATX. Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L (Rev1.0) Socket LGA 775 motherboard, Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme/Quad Core 2 Duo/ Pentium/ Pentium D, Intel P45+ICH10 Express Chipset, 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB, , 4 x 1.8V DDR2 1366+/1200/1066/800/667 MHz DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB, 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, 4 x PCI Express x1 slot, 2 x PCI slots, 6 x SATA 3Gb/s, 1 x IDE, Realtek ALC888 codec 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel High Definition Audio, 2x Realtek 8111C chips (10/100/1000 Mbit) LAN, Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, Dual BIOS, 2oc Copper PCB, Ultra Durable 3, ATX Form Factor.
RRP (inc GST) : AUD$129.00
Warranty: 3-month RTB
QTY=1 @ AUD$80 NO RAID!
Ex Demo Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R MB, P45+ICH10R, FSB 1600 MHz, DDR2 1366+, PCI-E x16 2.0(CrossFireX), SATAII, RAID, 2oc PCB, GbN LAN, 1394, 8-ch audio, A
Ex Demo Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Mother board (Rev 1.0) Socket LGA 775 motherboard, Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme/Quad Core 2 Duo/ Pentium/ Pentium D, 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz FSB, Intel P45+ICH10R Express Chipset, 4 x 1.8V DDR2 1366+*/1066/800/667 MHz DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB (For 1366+ MHz please refer to RAM supported list on Gigabyte website) , Realtek ALC889a codec 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel Support for Dolby Home Theatre , 2x Realtek 8111C chips (10/100/1000 Mbit) LAN, 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, 1 x PCI Express x8 slot(PCIEx16 and PCIEx8 slots support ATI CrossFireX technology), 3 x PCI Express x1 slot, 2 x PCI slots, 6 x SATA 3Gb/s Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10, 1 x IDE, Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports, Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 2oz Copper PCB, cooler temperture in opertation, enhance durability and improved energy efficiency, ATX Form Factor.
RRP (inc GST) : AUD$269.00
QTY=1 @ AUD$185 * RAID
Ex Demo ASUS P5K-SE-iP35 M/board - P35, 1333MHz FSB, Dual Channel DDR2-1066, PCI Express x16, SATA II, Gigabit LAN, 8-Ch Audio, ATX
Ex Demo ASUS P5K-SE-iP35 Socket LGA 775 Motherboard - Supports Intel Core 2 Quad/ Core 2 Extreme/ Core 2 Duo/ Pentium Extreme/ Pentium D/Pentium 4/ Celeron D; Intel P35 / ICH9 Chipset, 1333/1066/800 MHz FSB, 4 x 240-pin Dual Channel DDR2 1066/800/667 (non-ECC, Un-Buffered) DIMM sockets, 1 x PCI Express x16, 3x PCI-E x1, 2 x PCI 2.2, Southbridge: 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller, ADI 8-channel Audio, Up to 12 x USB 2.0 ports, Software included, ATX Form Factor 12"x 7.6" (30.5cm x 19.3cm)
RRP (inc GST) : $107.20
QTY=1 @ AUD$65 NO RAID!
Ex Demo AsRock P45DE ATX MB, Intel P45+ICH10, 2000 MHz FSB, DDR2 1200, PCI-Ex16, SATAII, GbE LAN, 8ch Audio, USB2.0,
Ex Demo NEW!! AsRock P45DE ATX MB, Intel P45 + ICH10, 2000/1600/1333/1066/800 FSB, DDR2 1200/1066/800/667 4x DIMM Max 16GB, 1x PCI-Ex16 3x PCI-E 2x PCI, 6x SATAII supports hot plug function, PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s Realtek RTL8111DL, 7.1 CH Windows® Vista Premium Level HD Audio (VIA® VT1708S Audio Codec), up to 12x USB2.0, ASRock OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver, Instant Boot, Hybrid Booster, ATX form factor.
RRP (inc GST) : $149.00
QTY=1 @ AUD$55 NO RAID!
+LOTS OF CHEAP ABIT BOARDS - P35, P43, ETC. <$80. NONE WITH P45
HOW DO PCIe 2ch RAID CONTROLLERS COMPARE TO MOTHERBOARD CONTROLLERS AS FAR AS PERFORMANCE?
I HAVE USED 2/4 CH PCI RAID-0 CONTROLLERS? I'VE MOSTLY USED M/B 2CH ON BOARD RAID CONTROLLERS/ C/S.
Would TRIM-support be available for ICH7/8/9/10 for SSD RAID-0 as well as PCIe RAID? I have 2xSSD RAID's in my other system. M/B 2ch raid-0. Performance is good but nowhere near some benchmarks seen on forums. I would like to test in another system. Perhaps this one.
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R seems expensive. Not sure about the need of x-fire or compatibilty with the HIS 5750. I run two monitors typically, covered already by one HIS 5750. I'm not sure if needed nor sure about any improvement in rendering times etc.
Are ASROCK M/B's any good for overclocking? Reads well. General quality etc.
I would appreciate your thoughts on the most suitable M/B from the above and RAID type - M/B or PCIe as well as any other comments / suggestions.
Raid is not my thing as i usually just use my PC's for gaming and reinstall the OS once every 9 months anyway, so you see, clearly no need for raid for me.
I just know that the Gigabyte GA-EP45 series motherboards and the ASUS P5Q series motherboards are great overclockers and offer nice features.
Some ASROCK motherboards are nice as of late but not sure how good their LGA 775 motherboards perform.
I guess the question remains: What are you going to use this rig for? List from most to least important.
Thanks for the reply... I have always used RAID-0 for pure responsiveness. Well,... since 80286 days on the Intel platform. Not forgetting my good old AMIGA 1000/2000/3000/4000/POWER PC-RAID... also. Thumbs up for the old AMIGA... & Video toaster. Takes me back to the good old days**...
*** ATTENTION PC WINDOWS OR EVEN LINUX USERS - A MUST SEE VIDEO !!!! *** <--- **0**
Most to least important :
1. HD-Video editing.
3. Rendering special effects.
4. 3D rendering.
No games unless there is a Grand Tourismo 5 equivalent on the PC? - Must try Need for speed world one of these days... Maybe flight simulator ? . That might be fun...
Want games ? Buy a TRS-80 Model 1, give the old dancing demon a whirl and play Penetrator. Classics... I grew up on that stuff...
AMIGA... I never get the big joke when someone laughs at old technology. "Oh, 640k of RAM! Yuk, yuk, yuk!" "Hardee har har, Video Toaster vs. Final Cut today!" If you were there, you still appreciate how powerful this stuff was back then.
I WILL BE USING AMIGA OS4.X OR OS5 ON THIS QUAD CORE MACHINE FOR THE ABOVE APPLICATIONS. YES - Q6600 AND ATI SUPPORT WITH THE LATEST UNOFFICAL VERSION. YOU THINK, LINUX ISNT SEXY LIKE WINDOWS?... LINUX IS, AMIGA ALWAYS HAS BEEN.. AND MORE! HOWEVER MUCH MORE EFFICIENT/POWERFUL! USE OFFICE IN AMIGA WINDOWS-NT5.3 OR NT7 EMULATOR. LINUX UNTIL THEN. GREAT STUFF AMIGA....
Very quite.... Probably out buying AMIGAS... Any comments on using an AsRock P45DE ATX MB, Intel P45+ICH1 for overclocking a q6600 with 4xCorsair CMX2X1024 RAM?? I am leaning toward this board on price. I am also unsure of any advantages in rendering times with a cross fire setup. Would one notice any improvement in DVD-Shrink/Decryptr, Photoshop, Premiere, Edius etc.