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post #1 of 91
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Hey guys! I'm new here. Just want to say I came here because I could not find any help through Tom's Hardware or thousands of google searches. Basically here's my problem.

I can't get a stable OC past 3 ghz. The only way I could get 3 ghz was to leave all voltages and memory clock stock. Problem is, I want to push this thing to its full potential. I was hoping for a 3.4-3.6 ghz OC but have had no luck. Haven't even been able to get past loading windows. Most of the times it posts, but as soon as it gets to loading windows it just reboots.

Specs:
Q6600
780i
4 gigs 800mhz 5-5-5-18
1100 watt PSU


I'm guessing the problem lies within my voltages? I've gone through thousands of Q6600 / 780i overclocking guides but even when I follow them to the teeth I can't boost past windows. Please help me everyone!!!
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post #2 of 91
When your increasing your FSB, have you lowered your DIMM frequency, so you don't go over 800MHz???

Sounds like it could be just a simple setting, and we just need to figure out which!

Do you know what stepping that cpu has? C0, or C1

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Then go into "Edit System"
Then fill out as much as you can, to help us help you!
Edited by Inteller - 7/27/11 at 9:15pm
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THanks for the snappy response! WIll do. I'm not sure what you mean by the first post, but yes I'm sure the RAM stays at 800mhz.
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post #4 of 91
Seems like we are in the same boat. For the last few weeks I have been having some major problems with overclocking my Q6600 with the Striker II Formula.
In the end I just left voltages to auto and increased the FSB in increments of 33mhz. When it stopped booting, I would change the voltage up (or another setting if i thought the voltage was too high - lots of trail and error )

I managed to get to 3.15GHz (1399 actual FSB) on 1.3vcore and 1.3 vtt w/ auto memory settings.

Hope all goes well.
post #5 of 91
Ok, at stock I'm sure it's at 800MHz
But by increasing the FSB, your also increasing your memory frequency, over it's rated speeds!

By not lowering the frequency first, to say 667MHz, if you leave it at 800MHz, then every increment you raise the FSB, will raise the memory speed, which could very easily make your overclock unstable.

Does that help?
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post #6 of 91
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Thanks man. I just wish I could get over 3ghz. I was really hoping for at the very least 3.2!
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post #7 of 91
Start by going into your bios, and look for DIMM Frequency, or Memory Frequency, highlight it, and hit Enter, and 3 to 5 different memory speeds will show up, choose the lowest one.
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post #8 of 91
Inteller, WOW I feel like quite the idiot. That is probably the reason for my ability to progress any further with my overclock at the moment.
Though, will this have any affect if it is unlinked?
post #9 of 91
Do you have the memory unlinked???
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post #10 of 91
Yes, it is set that way at the moment. Is that bad?
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