Right now I have a stock 2.4 ghz q6600 g0 on my Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo. I have 2 gigs of corsair ram, an 8800 gt, 500 gig HD and a 12v 700W psu. I built this about 3 years ago and it was top of line for the price. It is now outdated for the games I am looking to play. With these Black Friday specials I am thinking of updating my pc to 2 260 GTX's by EVGA, 8 gigs total of ddr2, a nice heatsink and overclocking my q6600.
All of this is going into my Thermaltake Armor Series case.
I've never overclocked before, but I don't have the money to get a new mobo, ddr3, and processor. I'm wondering how far I could overclock the q6600 with it being stable? Also, any recommendations on different parts would be phenomenal. Just don't get to pricey on me because I'm not made of cash. Any help is appreciated!
It is the wisest choice to overclock your cpu if you are short on money. However be carefull because overclocking can damage components. Read a guide for beginners to understand the principals of overclocking and how to do it before you try it.
I still have a Core 2 duo E6600 CPU that now is overclocked at 3.4 Ghz with watercooling. I was able to reach higher frequenices in the past but it seems that my hardware is failing. I believe that you can reach 3.2 Ghz on air with some effort. The quad core CPUs of that generation wasn't so overclockable as the dual core models. You will see through practice where your cpu performs the best. OVerclocking is a very nice hobby by itself. I wish you good luck!