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Intel q8300 overclocking

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March 10, 2011 7:58:18 PM

hi everyone i dont know to much about overclocking and i need a lil more performance out of the cpu and been told this is the way to get it. my setup is
MICROSTAR MS 7380 V1.2 MOTHERBOARD
INTEL Q8300 CPU
NVIDIA GT 220 1GB
8GB DDR2 RAM
1TB HDD

i just need to know if the cpu is worth overclocking and if so could someone help me out with this thanks.
March 11, 2011 6:26:21 AM

my memory is ddr2 does that make a difference?
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March 11, 2011 7:21:03 AM

Yes, it does. DDR2 won't be able to reach those speeds without massive overclocking, causing possible stability issues.

What I'd recommend: (Taking it that you are running at a 8x or 9x clock multiplier)

If the clock mulitplier is 8x, set the FSB to 400MHz.
If the clock multiplier is 9x, set the FSB to 356MHz.

This will give you a CPU speed of 3.2GHz without stressing the RAM at 9x. 8x with a 400MHz FSB means working at the RAM limit, so if you're not comfortable with this, feel free to drop down to 380MHz or something.

Also, keep an eye on your CPU temps. An aftermarket cooler should keep it in spec, but the stock cooler might be too small.
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March 11, 2011 7:24:58 AM

Eish... Multiplier stuck at 7.5...

Push the FSB to 400MHz once, and expect a CPU speed of around 3.0GHz, not much, but a bit better performance from your current 2.5GHz.
March 11, 2011 11:52:06 AM

okay thanks for your help. =]
March 16, 2011 9:34:42 AM

hmm i dont know why but its not letting me change anything i turned off the option which lets me set the cpu speed instead of windows but still nothing.
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March 17, 2011 9:20:01 AM

Are you using the BIOS to overclock or some kind of Windows based utility? If a Windows based utility, you need to learn to use the BIOS. The Windows OC utilities use too many Auto voltage settings.
March 18, 2011 12:20:50 AM

yeah i was trying to overclock it using the BIOS but as i said its not letting me change anything what so ever.
April 10, 2011 1:37:23 PM

hi yeah my bios is completley locked and where the fsb speed etc. is its all blanked out i can see the speeds but i cant change anything im just wondering if there was any programes out there that could help. Thanks
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