Overclocking Q8200 ;NooB out here ; HELP NEEDED !!

Hiya ,

I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to overclocking . So , it all happened this morning , i just had a random thought of giving my Core2Quad Q8200( @ 2.33 GHz ) a mild overclock . I would love to hit the 2.6 Ghz mark (Even , 2.5 GHz would do ) . My rig's resolution is 1360*768 which pretty much stresses the CPU while gaming as far as i ve heard !!
When gaming ive found out that Black ops struggles while BFBC2 , Dirt 3 does a good job . Heard that Blackops is CPU intensive , but i might be wrong ..

My PC specs :
Core2QuadQ8200 @ 2.33 Ghz
Intel DG35EC
4GB Dynet DDR2 800MHz
ASUS GTX460 TOP DirectCU 1GB
Seagate 160 GB HD
iBall Sprinter 600 W ( 42A x 12V )
Samsung SyncMaster 933 SN (1360*768 )

Elaborate description would be very much appreciated .... Looking for your inputs :)

Thanks in advance guys ..
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  1. Hello there,
    a Q6600 (2,4ghz) wil easily overclock to 3,0 without a voltage increase.
    So your Q8200 will be easy.

    Overclocking options is in your bios.
    You should change the frequency and watch your memory.
    You can unlock your memory multiplier (probably) or set it a fixed ratio 2:1 1.25:1 etc

    You don't need to touch the multiplier option. Just change the front side bus (FSB)
    But be carefull not to go too high, most bios have a preview of what the clockspeed will be like.

    for example:
    a q6600 @2,4ghz has a FSB of 333mhz (:memory: 677mhz) you can set it to 400 and your memory will overclock to 800MHz. Depending on your multiplier (8 or 9 will result in a 3,2ghz overclock or 3,6 (multiplier x FSB)

    But I would suggest a mild overclock to start with, since I don't know what cooling you have!
    Also you can download prime 95 multicore (testing maximum temperature)
    And download coretemp to look at your temperature when you overclock.

    But I currently have my Q6600 at 3,0ghz.
    To do this you need to change the following:

    Change your FSB Front side bus, to 356mhz
    This will overclock your memory to (712mhz)
    You can leave everything auto, and it should boot up effortlessly.
    Just make sure you test with prime 95 and watch your temperatures!
  2. i dont have any such options in my BIOS settings , pretty weird !!!
  3. radium, are you answering the right post? scapegoat says he has a Q8200.

    No overclocking options means that you have a locked BIOS with no user adjustable settings.
  4. jsc said:
    radium, are you answering the right post? scapegoat says he has a Q8200.

    No overclocking options means that you have a locked BIOS with no user adjustable settings.


    So i'm outta choices ????
  5. Pretty much. It's possible that a program called SetFSB might work for you.
  6. jsc said:
    Pretty much. It's possible that a program called SetFSB might work for you.


    Is it safe to use the tool ??
  7. Im looking for some option to overclock my q8200 to
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