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Just upgraded my system and need some help?

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June 26, 2012 2:00:41 PM

I've just upgraded the processor on my machine from a core 2 duo E2200 to a core 2 quad Q6600 off ebay.
In my rig I've got 4Gb (2x2Gb) kingston hyperx 1066 ddr2 which i had set up with my e2200 @1066mhz, overclocking the cpu to 2.92ghz i know but ran without any problems.

This morning I installed the Q6600 into my Foxconn G31mx motherboard. After a bios reset I booted it up and the bios recognised the processor straight away as a Q6600 running at 266mhz (1066) however I cannot get my HyperX to run at 1066 any more! The max I can get is 800mhz and by using the manual setting of 5-5-5-15 still only recognise it as 800?!?

Can some please give me a few pointers please to get the best out of my machine?

I'm not really into gaming at all, I mainly use my machine as a media centre (xbmc) on my hdmi connected TV and on my monitor i mainly use it for photoshop and web design as well as browsing etc.

Thanks in advance,

Foxconn G31MX Socket 775 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kentsfield 65nm @2.40Ghz 8mb l2 cache)
Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev.2 HS/Fan
4Gb Kingston HyperX DDR2 1066mhz (2x2Gb)
nVidia GeForce 8400GS 512mb graphics card
Aone 620W PSU
Samsung HD322GJ 320Gb SATAII HDD
Seagate ST3320820AS 320Gb SATAII HDD

Running Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition SP1

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June 26, 2012 7:24:40 PM

One thing to note is that 1066mhz ram will provide no superior increase in performance over 800mhz. If you, were, gaming you would only notice a small (1-2) fps increase, at the most.

Im running a Q6600 on a XFX 780i mobo and cant go above 800MHz RAM either.

One thing you can try, is raise the RAM voltage a little bit. And increase its speeds in 10MHz increments. I think its just the Q6600 not supporting higher memory speeds.
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June 26, 2012 8:28:44 PM

The only reason to even run 1066 is if your overclocking the cpu. Even so, 800mhz will work fine.

I suggest just running 800mhz, or overclock the cpu which will in turn raise the ram frequency.
June 27, 2012 1:17:59 AM

Thanks for the help and advice