First of all I am a newbie to OC so I'm sorry if there's something that makes you laugh in my following statements. I need some help overclocking my CPU:
I have a q6600 (2,4GHz), 4 GB DDR 2 800Mhz and a 7950GX2 graphs card on a asus P5B motherboard.
I am thinking on buying a gtx460 graphs to replace the 7950GX2 but I've been told that to take the best of the system I'll have to OC my CPU.
So I did...
I am using a 9 multiplier * 333 and I am getting a q6600 @ 3GHz
I have set my DDR2 to 667 (original is 800)
The CPU fan is the one that came with it and I'm getting about 55ºC temperature (tested the computer for about 30min)
Do you think that this is ok or would you advise me to change something?
That temp is not to bad actually really good with stock cooling...IMHO, you might want to get an aftermarket cooler....The question really is...are you happy with your OC? 3.0 GHz is quite fast...Get that 460 if you got the funds....3.0GHz shouldn't bottleneck you too bad if at all....Your limiting factors will be your RAM speed and RAM density, and which HDD your using if your gaming
I don't see why you have to underclock your memory. I had the same setup up until about 3-months ago, and I had my Q6600 clocked at 3GHz, and my ram at 800MHz. It should work fine at those settings. My CPU voltage was set at 1.2875, with temps ranging from 31C idle to 46C full load, using Prime95. It was an awesome computer, but had to upgrade due to to much rendering tasks for work.
^ When OCing with the ref clock you also effect the memory clock... in your last rig you may have had mem modules that could take some extra clock speed...his may not be able to maintain stability at anything above 800 making him have to underclock his RAM to get it stable
BTW...My Old G.Skill DDR2 800 RAM would go 940MHz... yet my DDR3 1600 MHz RAM will only go 1600 MHz as all 1600 mem is just 1333 ram OCed so if I use my ref. clock to OC instead of my multi. then I have to run them at 1333 then OC them up to no more than 1600..
Hey BradK just a question why are you running an old 8800GT card on a Sandy Rig? Thats a little out dated for that rig isn't it....
Yeah, it's way outdated, but it plays my COD's at high settings and at full 1920 X 1080 resolution, so I haven't had the need to really upgrade the card yet. The only games I play are the COD series (not black ops yet), and it seems to work great for those games. I plan to upgrade in the near future though - probably go with a 560ti or something... What would you recommend?