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February 10, 2012 5:46:45 AM

Didnt know where to post this... cpu.. or mobo.. so im posting it here.


I currently have a 65nm Q6600 g0 step B @ 2.40

My motherboard is a dell OEM.. Cant overclock.. its locked :/ 

Should i just upgrade to a Core i5 (and newer mobo)..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or should i just buy a new motherboard for my Q6600 (775) and overclock it to 3-4.0 and stick with ddr2 or get one with ddr3 (Gaming PC, would rather do this if i can)

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a b K Overclocking
February 10, 2012 6:27:35 AM

Depends on budget and what you have for the rest of hardware. I myself work on a smaller budget so I would have made sure I have at least 4gb ram and a halfway decent GPU which set you back 100-150 for a budget I'd limit myself with for that CPU. And than spend a little bit of money on a quality budget board to OC on. As I remember seeing people being able to hit the 3.6ghz mark somewhat reliably back when this came out, getting more out it was alot more difficult though.

But it's a old CPU by todays standards and there are a lot better things out now which if you have the money I'd invest in something new. Than I would overclock that.
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February 10, 2012 6:11:06 PM

I Currently Have a GTX 570, 750w power supply, tower case, 3 9000+rpm fans, and 2 Sata HDD's and 8gb DDR2 Ram.

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February 10, 2012 7:04:08 PM

Do you feel confident in giving OCing a go? If not, then the choice is clear.

Bear in mind your rig is old. Depending upon your budget, you may or may not be better served bringing your mobo-RAM-CPU into line with your GPU.
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February 10, 2012 7:13:47 PM

even at a 3.5 overclock your still going to be bottlenecking some of the games out there.

if you buy a board now its a waste of money because your going to have to buy a new cpu withing the next couple years anyway.
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February 11, 2012 3:52:37 PM

itsfurry said:
Didnt know where to post this... cpu.. or mobo.. so im posting it here.


I currently have a 65nm Q6600 g0 step B @ 2.40

My motherboard is a dell OEM.. Cant overclock.. its locked :/ 

Should i just upgrade to a Core i5 (and newer mobo)..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or should i just buy a new motherboard for my Q6600 (775) and overclock it to 3-4.0 and stick with ddr2 or get one with ddr3 (Gaming PC, would rather do this if i can)



Buy a new MOBO and CPU and a new DDR3 RAM
Any MOBO with a Z68 chipset LGA 1155 socket
i5 2500K CPU is great for overclocking
DDR3 1600 MHZ will be fine.
An aftermarket CPU cooler(air/liquid)
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February 12, 2012 3:19:16 AM

Just recently I had a locked HP mobo, and I bought a Biostar TA990FXE and it let my OC my anthlon ii x4 630 to 3.4ghz. So it worked out great for me and I am able to push off getting a new CPU for a while and save some money for a nice one instead of settling on my previous budget.
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February 12, 2012 1:47:28 PM

Meh, i found a cheap core i5 2500k for 150$ so.. ima just buy that and save up for the rest of the parts as i go.

thanks all
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February 12, 2012 2:52:06 PM

itsfurry said:
Meh, i found a cheap core i5 2500k for 150$ so.. ima just buy that and save up for the rest of the parts as i go.

thanks all


Next you have to buy a new motherboard and DDR3 RAM and a GPU and you good to go. Don't forget to buy also an aftermarket cooler for the CPU. Like I said you can overclock it up to 4.7 GHZ like mine.
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February 12, 2012 3:11:05 PM

I already have a gtx 570, and ddr3 ram is dirt cheap.. i just need to find a good cheap motherboard
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February 12, 2012 5:27:53 PM

itsfurry said:
I already have a gtx 570, and ddr3 ram is dirt cheap.. i just need to find a good cheap motherboard


There are a lot of Motherboards in the market. I suggest a board with a Z68 chipset LGA 1155 socket, at least 2 PCIe slots for a video cards that you might want to do SLI or crossfireX in the future. enjoy the feature of a Z68 chipset like: Virtu Lucid(utilizing both of the iGPU built-in in the CPU i5 2500K and the discrete video card(you bought gtx 570) and Intel SRT (SSD caching). Good kuck to your PC building!
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February 12, 2012 5:40:16 PM

z68 cost so much.. I only got like 250 for a CPU and mono and ram
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February 12, 2012 5:57:33 PM

itsfurry said:
z68 cost so much.. I only got like 250 for a CPU and mono and ram

you get what you pay for bud
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February 13, 2012 12:17:25 AM

itsfurry said:
z68 cost so much.. I only got like 250 for a CPU and mono and ram



Check this out in Micro Center Website
Biostar TZ68A+RCH $109.99 $99.99 after mail in rebate
i5 2500K CPU $179.00

I guess your $250.00 is not enough, you may still spend like $40.00 for low end DDR3 RAM

What state you are located because Micro Center have so many branches nationwide.
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February 13, 2012 12:53:22 AM

it was plenty, i got all of what you said for 255
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a b K Overclocking
February 13, 2012 12:53:31 AM

biostar boards are not good
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February 13, 2012 1:06:22 AM

itsfurry said:
z68 cost so much.. I only got like 250 for a CPU and mono and ram



So got already i5 2500K for $150.00, then you have enough budget for Z68 MOBO and DDR3 RAM
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February 13, 2012 11:11:50 AM

cbrunnem said:
biostar boards are not good



How? Can you explain to me why It is not good? Do you personally used Biostar MOBO in the past and have bad experience to it? Or you just saying it because you heard it to other people. Remember that all the PC motherboards that we are using right now are made in Taiwan, some people may have DOA boards some have not. So don't judge a MOBO by its name. I know that Biostar as a brand is not as popular as ASUS, AsRock, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA and Intel. For your info this is the SPEC's of my PC Gaming RIG:

INTEL i5 2500k OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ

MOTHERBOARD: BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH 1155 SOCKET
CPU: INTEL i5 2500K OVERCLOCKED AT 4.7 GHZ
MEMORY: 16GB PC3 12800 1600GHZ G-SKILL RIPJAWS X SERIES
VIDEO CARD: HD Radeon 7970 3GB MEMORY
PC CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 BLACK EDITION
PSU: OCZ MODXSTREAM PRO 700 WATTS MODULAR 80+ CERTIFIED
OPTICAL DRIVE: LITE-ON 24X DVD WRITER/READER OEM
HEATSINK/CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 PLUS
HDD: 160 GB AND 200 GB HITACHI DECKSTAR 7200 RPM
NZXT SENTRY 2 TOUCH SCREEN FAN CONTROLLER
KEYBOARD/MOUSE: GEAR HEAD WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
PC SPEAKER: 2.1 CHANNEL BOSE COMPANION 5
OS: WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM OEM

DATE OF COMPLETION: DECEMBER 6, 2011
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