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Hello,

I just signed up on Overclock.net and I am pretty excited to start OCing.

I know my cpu is a tough one to OC but I still want to give it a try. (It's a Intel Q8200 @2.3Mhz)

Can you give me advise? And are there any known safe zones for this processor?

Thanks in advance.

Mark
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post #2 of 7
That ram is going to hold you back.

All you need to do is push up the FSB. So set the cpu dram ratio so cpu is the highest.

And stock cooling aint good either
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Overclocking this CPU would be very tough, and you will be needing a very good board. I don't know how your current board overclocks, but I think it won't do very well. The maximum clock speed you can gain on that board might be around 2.4~2.5GHz.
    
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Originally Posted by SKULLTRA1L View Post
Overclocking this CPU would be very tough, and you will be needing a very good board. I don't know how your current board overclocks, but I think it won't do very well. The maximum clock speed you can gain on that board might be around 2.4~2.5GHz.
Yeh I had that board on a core 2 duo, its very limited, I got 500mhz more out of a 1.8 core 2 duo, which aint too bad.
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Hi guys,

Thanks for your replies.
Would that mean that if I lets say use 7x440Mhz my system just wouldnt boot?
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Your board looks pretty low end, your RAM is not going anywhere and the Q8xxx series is bad for budget boards. You'll have to just start out for small gains, bump VCore and NB voltage and see where it goes, but you're not going to get even 350FSB with DDR2 666.
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You cant overlock like that, if you increase fsb from like 200 to 400 in one go, you will get a blue screen of death.

You need to do it gradually, increasing by 2-3 mhz at a time.

1. Increase fsb/bus speed by 2-3 mhz
2. Boot to windows, stress test with Prime95 for 3 minutes
3. Restart pc and increase fsb/bus speed by 2-3 mhz again
4. Keep repeating until the cpu fails the 3 minute stress test.
5. Roll back about 10 mhz and stress test again, If it passes at least a 6 hour test, you have a stable clock. If not, roll back by a few mhz again
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