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Hi there,

I'm not exactly all too knowledgeable when it comes to the topic of overclocking, so I was hoping you folks might be able to help me out.
I've got an Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6700 and basically I want to know:
  • Is it possible to overclock this with stock cooling?
  • Will I be able to overclock it enough to notice a difference in games such as Shogun 2 Total War with stock cooling?
  • Is it even worth overclocking with my setup?

Here are my system specs:

  • Compaq Presario SR5890AN PC
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6700 @ 2.66GHz
  • 4GB DDR2
  • Nvidia GTX 460
  • 500W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32bit

*Edit* Motherboard:

motherboard.jpg

*Edit* CPU

cpu.jpg

I'm guessing there's probably more info you might need, so let me know what I'm missing.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by FlyingRhino - 1/27/12 at 7:14pm
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Read these helpful threads, they might help you. wink.gif
OCing a Q6700
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From what I've seen, you should be able to get a nice 3GHz at least. That being said, I have no idea what your motherboard is like. wink.gifthumb.gif

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Thanks for the reply!

I've updated the original post with my motherboard info. Any advice is welcome. smile.gif
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Unfortunately you have an OEM (Original Equipment manufacturer... like Dell, HP, etc.) system which means you have a "Shadowed Bios". The OCing options you would need to make changes to are not accessible in your bios. They are either greyed out (why it is called "Shadowed") or not even there.

If you want to OC your CPU, you might want to invest in a new motherboard, which will most likely mean an OS reinstall. But you can usually avoid a reinstall if you match the specs of the old board with the new one, meaning the same chipset board. Your board is an NVIDIA 630i, which does have some limiting OC ability, so if you do get 630i non-OEM motherboard to replace your OEM, you will probably only get up to a 3.2GHz-3.4Ghz OC vs up to 3.6GHz - 3.9GHz with something like a p45 chipset board.

So what I would recommend is going for a P45 chipset, backup your data, and reinstall the OS. Just be prepared to call Microsoft to re-activate and let them know you replaced the motherboard.
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All right, cheers.
Thanks for the help!
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