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post #1 of 10
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Hey everyone. um this is my first post here so forgive me if this is in the wrong place. although i have been reading here for some time. and i have to say this is an amazing forum.

Anyway down to business. i need some advice as to whether or not im heading in the right direction in regards to overclock..
I have a quite old system
intel q6600 2.4ghz
gigabyte ga-n680sli-dq6 mobo
4gb gskill pc2 6400 ram
zalman 9900nt cpu cooler

basically i followed some instructions from this link
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/764430

and got my cpu to 3.0ghz at 1.3v (stock volts)
i changed fsb to 9x333
pci to 100
i left my ram timing on auto (5-5-5-15)
is there anything else is should of done?
there was something about system memory but im a little confused about that? and didnt change anything.. (auto) should i of?

this is my temps after 45 mins of prime 95

(the captcha was igameri lol)

and one last question. what specifically are my advantages of overclocking besides it 'being faster'

thanks in advance.
zac
Edited by hzac - 5/9/11 at 12:07am
post #2 of 10
You could see if there's a DRAM Frequency setting in BIOS.
That way you can keep your RAM closer their stock speed, while you find your CPU's max speed - Because you might be able to squeeze a few more MHz out of your FSB.
Once you've found your CPUs sweetspot, you can begin upping the RAM speeds to get more bandwidth.
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Set RAM to 1:1 or unlink it. 680i is not a good quad overclocker FYI.
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
it was linked to 1:1

I feel like my computer runs slower now.. its weird?
i cant see any advantage to it atm at all.
post #5 of 10
When overclocking my Q6600 I didnt see much difference untill I made it over 3.3Ghz. Currently at 3.6 and it loves it. I am on a 780i though. It may be a little tough to hit 3.6 on the 680i.
post #6 of 10
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you reckon i should push to 3.3 or 3.4?
im at 1.3v in the bios atm.. what intervals should i increase the voltage if it doesnt boot at say 9x370-380ish?

and what about my motherboard would be holding me back specifically? sorry about the questions just eager to learn
post #7 of 10
the amount of power the motherboard vrms can supply to your cpu will be a limiting factor
post #8 of 10
680i have problems with quads and stability.

As far as VCore, you just bump one notch at a time and re-test (OCCT). If you've gone 3-4 bumps with no change at all, you may want to look at other settings. 1.3 is probably good for 3.0-3.2. Past that it will start climbing. 3.6 is usually well over 1.4VCore. These chips are good to 1.5 with proper cooling.

At higher FSB you'll have to bump the NorthBridge voltage.
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post #9 of 10
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At what fsb is considered high to be bumping the NB voltage?
My ram can only handle 400fsb without bumping up its voltage and i dont really want to mess with the ram timings and stuff untill ive learnt alot or about it. Ill be happy at 3.3 or 3.4 so maybe 370 or 380 max?

I have a zalman 9900NT
http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/...ad.asp?Idx=354

What temperatures should i aim to stay below? 60 seems logical to me but im obviously not an expert
post #10 of 10
I was running my Q6600 at 400x9 with voltage at 1.475 and my temps stayed below 70. My PSU took a crap on me last night though while playing Borderlands. At least I hope it was the PSU. I am going to de-case the whole thing today and do some testing. Unfortunately I do not have a spare PSU that will run my rig. Or another 775 board to test the Q6600 or the DDR2 ram.

Sorry to be off topic.
Anyways, 3.6 is usually where these Q6600s are happy as long as the voltage and temps will get it there.
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