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November 27, 2010 12:15:53 AM

Hey all I'm currently running a Q6600 with SLI 8800Gt and was looking to upgrade. Would it be worth it to upgrade to SLI GTX 460 or would I need to upgrade the processor to see any real benefit?

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November 27, 2010 8:06:16 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
It depends on the games/resolution you play.If you play at resolutions like 1080p or higher,then 2 GTX 460s will give you a huge boost in performance.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 27, 2010 5:20:26 PM

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Hey all I'm currently running a Q6600 with SLI 8800Gt and was looking to upgrade. Would it be worth it to upgrade to SLI GTX 460 or would I need to upgrade the processor to see any real benefit?

can we have more specs on your current rig?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 27, 2010 6:49:10 PM

OC that Q, and if you game at anything above 1280x1024, you will see an increase over the 8800.
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December 3, 2010 11:46:27 PM

Yeah like I said in the original post I'm running a Q6600 with two nvidia 8800GT. My motherboard is an Asus P5N-E SLI with 4 gig of ram. If there is anything more specific let me know and I'll try to look it up.

Thanks.
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December 3, 2010 11:47:47 PM

Forgot to include the power supply as well. It's a thermaltake black widow rated at 850W.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 12:02:39 AM

Du22ty said:
Forgot to include the power supply as well. It's a thermaltake black widow rated at 850W.


It should not have any problems pushing this $222 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB - With Promo Code EMCZNYN77 valid till 12/08/2010
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December 4, 2010 12:09:13 AM

I actually already bought two 1gb 460's. Hopefully the processor can keep up.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 12:31:11 AM

If you get it to 3Ghz+, it won't have a problem at all. The problem with the Q6600 is heat, and the "newest and greatest" competition it has. Obviously, clock for clock, it's not as efficient as newer generations of chips, but if you get it's frequency up there, it does just as well as the new boys. This bench uses the Q9650, which is clocked up at 3.


http://www.techspot.com/review/124-intel-core-i7-920-94...
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December 4, 2010 12:33:55 AM

I don't doubt the Q6600 can get to 3Ghz.. my only fear is the motherboard won't allow it. I think I picked a dud in the P5N-E SLI.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 1:36:34 AM

It might be tricky, as the 680i is a big pita sometimes. Try it! Just leave the multi alone, set the FSB to 1333 and see if it posts. If it does POST (which it probably won't) check the temps ASAP. If they're safe, stress it and with a good bit of luck, it won't BSOD or kick back errors. Just watch the temps, as I assume you're using stock cooling.

I really wouldn't recommend the set it and forget it steps to an OC, but quite a few people can get to 333x9 easily without changing anything else. If you get there and want to go higher, you'll have to be a bit more methodical about vcore and FSB.
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December 4, 2010 2:10:34 AM

Actually I believe it is a 650i
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 2:46:52 AM

I've never fared well with the nForce chipsets, but they do ok. Both 650 and 680 support 1333, so it's worth a go, I'd say.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 3:50:17 AM

@ OP - Q6600+P5N-E SLI = Bad combo and the 750i was the dodgiest of all chips when OC'ong. I can't remember which forum i dug it up but the nvidia chips had FSB holes...kinda like a spiked meter when viewing its FSB vs OC specs.

The only advice WE here can give is that you go by a trial and error basis - a guide to help you on your way.

EDIT - Further reads:
*Core2 OC'ing guide

**Memory OC'ing links|guides

Another tip on OC'ing - take your time researching and OC it, ofcourse if you have the cash to replace a whole rig, then by all means jump in :lol: 

*** if all else fails, you an get a GA-EP45-UDxx board and overclock it like crazy
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 5:13:18 AM

The best part about the old 65nm C2D/C2Q chips is how relatively simple a 10-25% OC is though. I too have heard about the holes, which I don't quite understand how they happen, but they're a definite bummer. I still say go for the common 333x9 and see what it gets you, it will at least get you a decent reference point to start from, up or down.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 6:32:59 AM

The holes aren't noticed until you step up the FSB slider to an arbitrary number at first attempt...BSOD and the machine loops into reboot. Most people RMA'd the board ,until on overclock.net, a forum member took the fight to the board - overcame the problem by taking the notch 5-10FSB's at a time, going higher for each successful OC. Mind you, this means days of testing if the OC was stable :lol: 

Personally, I did ALOT of reading/digging up on the xfx 750i sli board | Asus Maximus II Formula build...until i learn't of the nforces dumbfounding discovery, an error which dated back from the 600series chip. I ended up getting a better mobo - in my member config RIG 1 ;) 

**EDIT - the nforce chips also messed up the onboard lan
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 2:02:11 PM

Love it. Unfortunately, nForce chipsets have always been just decent, and never good overclockers. I had an old nForce4 board, and that thing had more of a black FSB hole, 330-450 were dead. I had to use 451x7 on my old E6600 :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 3:01:46 PM

@ jack_attack & OP - i found the link

** scroll down a lil and you'll see the Richter scale :lol: 
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Unfortunately, nForce chipsets have always been just decent, and never good overclockers.
what can I say? they're like an old muscle car with a personality. You've gotta talk them through to get an ignition :D 

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I had an old nForce4 board, and that thing had more of a black FSB hole, 330-450 were dead.
hahaha, good one!

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I had to use 451x7 on my old E6600

had? what happened to it?

there's another thread here where a guy needs a new mobo - turns out his prev mobo was P5N-E SLI - just died out on him.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 4:49:37 PM

^ if you're just here for the cake - the OP was looking at an OC route
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 5:19:14 PM

^ :lol:  :na: 
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December 11, 2010 9:43:42 PM

Right now I'm waiting on the 460s to get here then I'll see if I need to do something more.
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December 11, 2010 10:00:22 PM

Not yet. Going to see what kind of gains I can get from the new video cards first. If I'm not seeing anything great I'll try to OC it.
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December 11, 2010 10:05:43 PM

Haha I'm sure I will. Only problem is I tried to OC it in the past and failed miserably. I don't remember exactly but I think I need to reset some jumper on the board because the bios changes aren't taking effect. I'll have to do some research on it because I'm not too smart about these things.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2010 8:02:10 AM

@ Du22ty - you should read the links i've posted between my posts and jack_attack's post...the guide shows exactly what you'd need to do with the setup you have. Ofcourse, you'lll need an OC cos of the bottleneck you'll notice - either a lag in playability or choppy framerates...whichever is visible to the naked eye :D 

I'll posted it again -

@ OP - Q6600+P5N-E SLI = Bad combo and the 750i was the dodgiest of all chips when OC'ong. I can't remember which forum i dug it up but the nvidia chips had FSB holes...kinda like a spiked meter when viewing its FSB vs OC specs.

The only advice WE here can give is that you go by a trial and error basis - a guide to help you on your way.

Another tip on OC'ing - take your time researching and OC it, ofcourse if you have the cash to replace a whole rig, then by all means jump in :lol: 

EDIT - Further reads:
*Core2 OC'ing guide

**Memory OC'ing links|guides



*** if all else fails, you an get a GA-EP45-UDxx board and overclock it like crazy
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December 12, 2010 8:18:05 AM

Yeah I read through it but like I said I have an issue right now where the bios changes aren't persisting through reboot.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2010 8:23:38 AM

then your mobo is trying to let you know, its time has come. The bios chip on your mobo is failing...if your bios updates aren''t visible in your BIOS.
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December 12, 2010 8:27:47 AM

Hehe I don't know if that is the case or not. I vaguely remember something about a clear cmos jumper back when I was trying to OC a few months back.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 12, 2010 8:41:16 AM

I'm getting out for a breath of fresssshhhh air, will post back when i get back. Google "clear CMOS+uses?" and a world of info will come up, but i'll guide you trhgough the BIOS /restart problem
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December 21, 2010 10:56:12 PM

Best answer selected by Du22ty.
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