Don't fear overclocking. We OC'ers can help you. But seriously, englandr is right. Most people on a Q6600 run it a 3.0Ghz at least. I'm at 3.2Ghz and it's very stable and runs cool. I also just upgraded to a P45 so my setup could be a model for you...
Intel Q6600 Processor @ 3.2Ghz
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Motherboard (Highly recommended!)
8GB GSkill DDR2 1066 5-5-5-15
Vista Business 64-bit
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Got it for $31 at Newegg. It's my personal fav)
250GB Seagate Barracuda OS Drive
500GB Seagate Barracuda Data Drive
EVGA DTX 260 Superclocked Edition (Not installed yet, replacing my 8600 GT)
Antec TruePower 650W
Antec P180 Case
Here are my overclock settings. I listed the modified settings. Everything else is default.
Bus Speed: 400Mhz
System Memory Multiplier: 2.66x (So memory is at 1066)
CPU Core Voltage: 1.250v (just a slight bump on stock)
Here are my temperatures...
CPU @ idle: 29c-31c
CPU @ load: 48c-53c
I could probably push this to 3.6Ghz, but see no reason to because this computer screams. Do the overclock. There are great resources and tools out there to help you. You have a processor that begs to be overclocked, and it makes my head hurt to think there are Q6600's out there running stock.
Thank you guys! all of you were very accomodating compare to other sites = )
Yes, my Q6600 really begs me to OC it however I don't have enough guts to do that, and my motherboard hinders it.
Uhm since we're talking about OCing, can all of you suggest me the best motherboard for OCing my Q6600? the most cheapest you can suggest but not to the extent it can compromise quality and performance. = )
I don't expect that freezer 7 pro can do the job even your Q6600 runs @ 3.2 GHz because it's a cheap cooler but still it performs cool! Actually, freezer 7 pro is my "want to buy" CPU cooler after I upgrade my card into 260.
And about my powersupply again, can it still provide sufficient power even if I push my Q6600 @ 3.0-3.2 Ghz?
Hehe, so a 2.4 Ghz speed will really bottleneck 260?
Most people on this forum use this term for everything and truly do not know what it means.A q6600 at stock will not bottleneck a gtx 260but of course if you over clock you will see much improvements. A bottleneck is where it would not make a difference what video card you install you would not see a frame rate increase. I guarantee that if you take out the gtx 260 and put in a 9800+ you will see a reduction in frame rates and if you put in a gtx 285 you will see an increase in frame rates. Thus this is not a bottleneck.