Welcome to OCN nextexile!
First off, I recommend you take the time to fill out your system information under the User Control Panel menu. It will help others out greatly when it comes to giving you advice.
Second, I would not
recommend pushing an OC to far without knowing if you have an aftermarket CPU cooler (Noctua NH-D14, Cooler Master Hyper 212+, Corsair H5O, etc.).
Third, I know it's not the Q6600 but I have the exact same motherboard (EVGA 790i FTW - see my rig below) and RAM that is specified to run at your exact same stated values (1600MHz @ 7-7-6-18-1T) and I recently sought help in getting my CPU (Q9650) overclock stable. Here is a link to my thread
. It is a quick read and very informative!
In the thread you will see a template specifically made for the 790i BIOS. It includes all the relevant information others need to see in order for them to give you the best advice.
Finally, I would say reset all BIOS settings to factory default. Unlink
your FSB-Memory Clock Mode. Manually
set your RAM to 1600MHz
and select Expert
for your memory timings and enter 7 for tCL, 7 for tRCD, 6 for tRP, 18 for tRAS and finally 2T for Command Per Clock
. Set RAM voltage to 1.85V
See if your computer boots into Windows. Run Intel BurnTest for 10 runs at "High" Stress Level using 4 threads. If it passes report back with temperature readings and we can take it from there.
Sorry for the book! Edited by Huster - 10/31/11 at 8:24pm