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Hello as many of you know the economy is not what it used to be. As many of you I am a gamer on a budget. Luckily I think, my initial build was pretty stout. Secently however I had several components die almost in sync with one another.

What was replaced: Mobo, video card, cpu and hdd.

What was bought:
Asus Maximus II Formula (what I had before)
Nvidia Geforce GTX 570 HD 1280mb (replaced GTX 260)
Intel Core 2 Extreme Q9650 3.0ghz Quad CPU (Replaced Q6600 2.4 Quad CPU)
Coolermaster Hyper N520 CPU Cooler (Replaced Stock Intel cooler)
Ultra 750w PSU (Replaced 550w PSU)
Coolermaster Case (replaced old case)
2x Western Digital Raptor x HDD in RAID0 configuration
Seagate Barracuda 1tb HDD (Replaced western digital hdd)

What remains the same: G.Skill 8gb DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066) Ram

The main reason I did not scrap the ram and buy all new was pricing. I got some of these items dirt cheap.

What I want to do: I have NEVER OCed anything in my life. Recently though I figured out how to create a Raid 0 configuration which is working quite well. But I want more....

CPU: I would like to hit 3.5-3.8ghz.
GPU: When you guys are talking about GPU cooling I have no idea what your talking about. Extra case fans? modifying the video card itself?
RAM: Not sure about how to increase the ram speed either.

Any help with this would be much appreciated however I only wish to OC safely and with stability. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 5
The speed for your CPU seems reasonable, if you have a good chip you may be able to push it pretty far, if u are a gamer personally I would focus on the GPU. I have a Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT and an intel core 2 duo, the duo I cant overclock because of the OEM mobo but the video card I push to the limits. I am able to play all new games almost on max setting, the only games I cant play on max settings are Battlefield 3 and Dead rising 2 but thats because they are CPU intensive and my CPU isnt up to par with new needs but you should be fine. guess what I should say is just how far are you wanting to push it because your rig is already pretty decent.
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Well all I really want to be able to do is play Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 on max settings. I do do some Solidworks design on the PC but my older configuration was already pretty good for that. I do not wish to push this new gear further then I need to. I know some people on here push their rigs to the limits and we are all thankful for that to know what the limits are but for me I guess it is about need.
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The Q9650 is still pretty decent, and with a good air cooler you should be able to OC it. smile.gif

Now as I recall the Q9650 is 3.00 GHz and that sits on a 1333 MHz FSB. In your BIOS that will be quoted as either 166 or 333 MHz depending. So the multiplier will either be 18 or 9.

You should be able to pull it up to 366 (183) or possibly even up to 400 (200). Watch your RAM speed though.

The way I usually do this is back off the RAM one "notch" e.g. from DDR2-800 to DDR2-667, or from DDR2-1066 to DDR2-800. Then as you pull the FSB speed up, the RAM multiplier lock will pull the RAM up with it while remaining within spec for your memory. smile.gif
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RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
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search the forums for a guide on how to overclock your processor. overclocking takes time, patience, a willingness to learn and make mistakes, and of course good cooling
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