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post #1 of 11
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My stock CPU cooler recently crapped out, and I just replaced it with the Hyper 212 Evo (using MX-2 thermal compound).

I decided I may as well overclock it now that I have the aftermarket cooler, however I have never overclocked before so I don't know what settings I should use. Hell, I don't even know what most of them mean...

Hardware:
Intel Core2Quad Q6600 (G0 stepping) - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
EP45 UD3R Motherboard - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
8GB (4 * 2GB) G.Skill DDR2 RAM - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339

The computer was put together in June 2009.

I'd appreciate any and all help in how to overclock this system. I'm hoping to hit 3.6 GHz, but even 3.0 - 3.2 GHz would be awesome!
post #2 of 11
Basically what you have is your FSB, RAM to FSB Ratio, etc.

It's been a while since I've overclocked Core 2 CPU's, so it's not really up to me to say anything - What Mhz RAM do you have currently? 1066Mhz, 800, 667? or do you have DDR3?

Usually you want to set the RAM to the lowest Mhz (Usually it's a 1:2 ratio, but I'm not sure). And then, you begin to raise the FSB, or if the Q6600 is an unlocked Multi, then bump up the multiplier. Usually, try bumping up the FSB by one or two Mhz, and when the system becomes unstable, add .5V's to the CPU.

Don't REALLY rely on this information - Like i said, It's been a while since I've overclocked Core 2 CPU's.
post #3 of 11
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I linked the ram I have installed, I have 8GB (four 2GB sticks) at 1066.
post #4 of 11
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Any help? I have my memory running on 2.00D, pumping 1.500 Vcore am only barely getting 3.3 GHz (it can post to 3.4 but it wont boot up into the OS, crashes before that can happen). I am at 1.4 on the MCH as well.
post #5 of 11
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Any help? I have my memory running on 2.00D, pumping 1.500 Vcore am only barely getting 3.3 GHz (it can post to 3.4 but it wont boot up into the OS, crashes before that can happen). I am at 1.4 on the MCH as well.

not too familiar with pentium overclocking but defiantely watch how much voltage u throw at your cpu
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post #6 of 11
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That's why I'm so confused, I don't really want to push it past 1.500 and people have got it stable at 3.6 GHz on less voltage.

By the way, I just ran OCCT on the settings I have now and it got an error in under 5 minutes (4:45 or so). How am I still getting errors having it at only 3.3 or a Vcore of 1.500?
post #7 of 11
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That's why I'm so confused, I don't really want to push it past 1.500 and people have got it stable at 3.6 GHz on less voltage.
By the way, I just ran OCCT on the settings I have now and it got an error in under 5 minutes (4:45 or so). How am I still getting errors having it at only 3.3 or a Vcore of 1.500?

are you uping the FSB for this overclock? what is it at?
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post #8 of 11
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are you uping the FSB for this overclock? what is it at?

Yeah, I have the multiplier set to x9 and to get 3.3, the FSB is currently at 367.
post #9 of 11
Read through this thread until you know the details about your board, then set it up right. It's a no-brainer to get 400 out of the board, then it's up to the CPU. 1.5V for 3.3 is pretty bad, I'm guessing the board is not set up right.
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post #10 of 11
You need to set up the settings so you can get a little more out of that CPU.

Turn of EIST, Spread Spectrum, C1E. Those will suck on voltage, and give you almost no performance gain/loss. Also, if you have a North Bridge voltage Adjustment, add .25V's to the NB. That will let you achieve higher overclocks Via FSB.

EIST = Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (Just under-clocks the CPU when it's NOT in use, or when low resource programs only need so much processing power)

C1E = Enhanced Halt State (Just cuts heat down, and does suck on voltage when Computer is @ Idle.)

Spread Spectrum = Lowers EMI's so spiking is smoother, other than jagged.

Hope this helps.
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