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I read some good articles on the general methods of overclocking, but I'm still kind of confused.

Basically I got:

DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, 2400 MHz (9 x 267)
Radeon X1800XT Series (512 MB) (Modded arctic cool silencer)
Motherboard: MSI P965 Neo
Memory: 2Gb Corsair C4 DDR2 5400 Twin2X

If anyone could give me some values based on this or a guide that will help with this particular setup it would be great. At the moment everything is running at stock speeds, and the temps are a little too cool for my liking!

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Overclocking with that board? I think I've heard a couple of people not having great success with that MSI board. IMO, if you could you should return it and get a GIGABYTE DS3 or something much better, an ASUS P5B Deluxe.

MSI is not a well known brand for overclocking Intel CPUs.
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in most cases, i dont suggest you overclock on stock cooling... but core 2 duo's run so cool you dont even need a fan for them to run just fine... so here goes

crash course:
get into the bios by pressing "delete" before the windows loading screen.
there will be an option called (or similar to) "advanced chipset features" thats what you'll want to highlight and click enter.
then, look for "fsb" sometimes referred to as core clock, or base clock. for your system this number will be 266mhz as the default. you'll want to raise this, but be careful: not only will this raise your cpu speed 9mhz per 1mhz you raise it (because cpu multiplier is 9), it will also raise your memory speed along with that. only raise it 3-5mhz at a time, and if it doesnt boot then lower it 5-10mhz until it does boot.

if the system doesnt boot, that means its unstable. what this means is that its trying to run at a frequency or clockspeed that it can't handle with the given voltage... to add stability you can raise voltage, but be VERY careful with that, and check your temps often because voltage adds a lot more heat than frequency does. another way to add stability is to lower speed, which is what i prefer, depending on the gains that overvolting yields.
also, implementing a memory divider or loosening memory timings could add stability depending on if the memory is a limiting factor or not.

for a more detailed guide: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html


good luck!
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Originally Posted by Nasgul
Overclocking with that board? I think I've heard a couple of people not having great success with that MSI board. IMO, if you could you should return it and get a GIGABYTE DS3 or something much better, an ASUS P5B Deluxe.

MSI is not a well known brand for overclocking Intel CPUs.
Nazgul, why you holding back with that E6600? 3Ghz is a mediocre overclock for that set-up espeially with the tuniq tower isn't it? Or is your chip just not an OCer?
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Nazgul, why you holding back with that E6600? 3Ghz is a mediocre overclock for that set-up espeially with the tuniq tower isn't it? Or is your chip just not an OCer?
agreed... but PM him, try not to hijack threads lol
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Nazgul, why you holding back with that E6600? 3Ghz is a mediocre overclock for that set-up espeially with the tuniq tower isn't it? Or is your chip just not an OCer?
he did that because of the double restart issue, if he try to oc higher, he'll have a double restart problem. So he decided to leave it there
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he did that because of the double restart issue, if he try to oc higher, he'll have a double restart problem. So he decided to leave it there
We're digressing... D'oh! The new 0711 BIOS solves it! Got the news from another member

Back to E6600 - You might what to consider an aftermarket cooler, though you could probably wait until spring, as Winter is upon us!

IMHO - Read around. Know limits (Temp / Vcore / Vdimm) Be patient: lots of restarting.
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yep, patience is a valuable virtue in the art of overclocking.
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I like been spontaneous, so ordered a ASUS P5B Deluxe motherboard, and aftermarket cooler for the Intel CPU Just because the first poster recommended it. Now to get down to business.

Any time saving tips on this setup? What's the chances of frying hardware by changing the voltage in small increments?

Also after Overclocking the Mobo and CPU can I still use the ATI overclocker to safely overclock my graphics card?

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I like been spontaneous, so ordered a ASUS P5B Deluxe motherboard, and aftermarket cooler for the Intel CPU Just because the first poster recommended it. Now to get down to business.

Any time saving tips on this setup? What's the chances of frying hardware by changing the voltage in small increments?

Also after Overclocking the Mobo and CPU can I still use the ATI overclocker to safely overclock my graphics card?

cheers
hmmm... "time-saving" is a no-no. Don't just toss some numbers at it, work your way up methodically. Not trying to preach, just don't wanna see you damage your nice hardware.

Know the limit on your Vcore, then stay away from it. Only apply as much as required to maintain a stable OC (8hrs Prime95 - minimum)

You will still be able to manipulate the speeds on your VGA card after you have OC'd your proc.

Try to keep the system in balance. No need to OC one component to extreme levels if the others are bottlenecking your system.

Sounds like you're gonna have some fun!
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