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Need Help with a Q6600 Overclock

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April 9, 2011 10:28:10 AM

Hey guys. I'm an avid gamer and 100% new to overclocking. When I built my PC a few years back I had the intention of overclocking it but I never got around to really figuring out what I had to do. I have read various forums and such but no one seems to have the answer's I need.

Pc Components -
Intel c2q Q6600 @ 2.40ghz (Default)
Asus Striker Extreme 680i(Version 1)
1000w Enermax Galaxy PSU
PNY GTX 260
4gb Kingston HyperX PC2 6400 CL5 240pin Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Zalman Cooler on the CPU (Forget which model)

I am looking to hit around 3.0 - 3.2ghz if possible and I don't know the first thing about voltages and what not. I have downloaded the most up-to-date version of the Bios from the asus site and I think I'm pretty much prepared for what I have to do, just don't know what that is. Any help is super appreciated.

Thanks.

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April 9, 2011 12:29:03 PM

This should be your first stop.
Core2 Overclocking Guide
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/259899-11-core-over...

Next stop should be a guide for your particular motherboard. Google is your friend.

Years ago, this is what I used to get started with my eVGA 680i motherboard:
680i overclocking guide
http://pc.ign.com/articles/747/747606p3.html
Except for memory setup, it's pretty good.

Go through the guides. Then take your core voltage off Auto and set your memory voltage to factory recommended values. Change the memory clock to twice the FSB. Then when you increase the FSB, the memory clock will rise in in proportion with it. At an FSB frequency of 266 MHz, your memory clock should be at 533 MHz and your FSB clock should be 1066 MHz ( 266 MHz X 4).

Do not bother trying to overclock the RAM in a Core2 system:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/251715-29-ratio-myth

Download CPU-Z to check your FSB:RAM ratio. It should be a 1:1 ratio.

You should be able to reach 3.0 GHz with the stock alman 9000 series should take you to 3.3 GHz.

Keep your core voltage under 1.5 volts and load temps (as monitored with something like CoreTemp) under 70 C.
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