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June 19, 2011 11:28:59 AM

i am new to over clocking and i have a q6600 wich i have set to 9x 333 to achieve 3.0 ghz and put the memory clock at 2.0 with some budget ram ,, it seem to be running stable ,, is this safe and will i be ok ,, also i only have a 250 wtt power supply , i am plannning to upgrade to a 400 watt cit psu

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June 19, 2011 12:08:38 PM

What Vcore are you using? (If you've left it on AUTO, check with a free program called CPU-Z).

What are your temps like under 100% load?

Have you stress tested the overclock with a program like Prime 95 or OCCT for 8+ Hours?
June 19, 2011 12:34:31 PM



between 45 and 50 ,, but everest says thy are 10 degrees lower thn my system monitor for some reason ,, and no max stress test i did was 20 mins and it didnt go over 50
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June 19, 2011 12:39:56 PM

A stress test like prime95 or occt will push your system to 100% usage and thats how you know its stable enough, I'd DL one of those programs and see how you get on,
a decent psu is a pre-requisite for clocking as well, check out Corsairs Cx series
and look to uprating your cooling too
Moto
June 19, 2011 12:48:54 PM

i put a arctic cooler 7 pro rev 2 in already ,, and i went in bios and it says vcore is 1.32500 v am i ok to leave it overclocked do you think ,, also i ran prime yesturday for 22 mins and didnt get over 50 , i think 50 was my highest ,, it runs at 31 idle
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June 19, 2011 1:01:28 PM

50C is ok and the voltage is fine, however 22 minutes Prime is no where near enough, I've had an overclock fail after 7 hours Prime... If you don't want to put in the time then be prepared to loose any work you are doing and be prepared to reinstall programs and your OS... overclocks that aren't stable can cause programs to corrupt and data loss.
June 19, 2011 1:09:38 PM

ok thanks for your advice i will seriously consider letting prime have a good test ,, as for my overclock and psu do you think i should put back to stock until i get the cit 400 watt and will that psu be enough for 3.0 ghz until i can afford to buy a better one
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June 19, 2011 1:18:13 PM

Well your not using alot of voltage, but obviously we would need to know the rest of your system specs, also the brand of the PSU and also how old it is (roughly)?

I'd take Moto's advice and invest in a high quality PSU, after all it does power all the components in your PC, a bad quality PSU can fail and take other components with it. A corsair PSU will set you back about £40

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Well worth the investment
June 19, 2011 1:31:11 PM

fsb 250 watt psu ,, gigabyte ga-g41m-combo ,, intel core quad q6600 2.4 ghz ,,4 gb budget ddr2 ram 400 mhz ,, palit geforce gt430 1gb, cit vantage gamers case with 2 x 120mm sidefans 1x 120mm front fan and 1x 120 mm exaust fan ,, arctic freezer 7 pro rev2 cpu cooler ,, and as i said im a lil skint at the mo so will the cit 400 watt psu be sufficiant until i can afford the corsair 1 in a couple of week .and am i ok to leave oc till i get the cit 1 in a few days ???? ,, much appreciated for all your advice and thanks in advance :) 
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June 19, 2011 1:50:23 PM

Dont buy a new psu twice imo, run the rig on the 250w for now and save like hell and get the corsair straight off
and yes, leave any clocking ambitions until you have the power to feed it :) 
Moto
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June 19, 2011 1:53:59 PM

adicbadee said:
fsb 250 watt psu ,, gigabyte ga-g41m-combo ,, intel core quad q6600 2.4 ghz ,,4 gb budget ddr2 ram 400 mhz ,, palit geforce gt430 1gb, cit vantage gamers case with 2 x 120mm sidefans 1x 120mm front fan and 1x 120 mm exaust fan ,, arctic freezer 7 pro rev2 cpu cooler ,, and as i said im a lil skint at the mo so will the cit 400 watt psu be sufficiant until i can afford the corsair 1 in a couple of week .and am i ok to leave oc till i get the cit 1 in a few days ???? ,, much appreciated for all your advice and thanks in advance :) 


If it were me, I'd order a new PSU, switch off the PC and throw that 250W in the bin, however that may not be practical so I'd suggest reverting back to stock for now.

If you really do need the overclock (for whatever reason) then try and lower the Voltage one notch at a time and stress test for 15 minutes inbetween...do this until the overclock fails and then up the voltage one notch and stress test for 8 + hours. This will give you the lowest possible Vcore for your overclock whilst maintaining stability.
June 19, 2011 1:59:38 PM

ok cool thnx alot for ur reply ,, i think i will take your advice and revert back to defaults till i get a new psu :)  ,,tahnx alot and lol at throwing it away but ye ur right that wouldnt be practical :pt1cable:  cheers mate !
June 19, 2011 2:08:07 PM

just to mention im now back to stock but my vcore still been on auto has the same voltage is this ok yeah ?
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June 19, 2011 2:43:54 PM

If the bios deems that as the required volts then yes, you'll be fine
Moto
March 12, 2012 4:00:49 PM

just rebuilt my tower as tht cit power pack shite blew my mobo on prime testing for 5 mins lol :/  and have had to wait for a replacement ,, wnna try agen bt don't wanna blow *** up ,, upgraded psu to ocz stealth xtreme 5oo wtt ,, gcard asus hd 6770,, ram 2x4gb g-skill ddr3-1333 ,n same mobo g41m combo ,, n e advice plz :) 
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