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Overclocking my old Core 2 Q6600

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Hey guys,

I got an old rig I built back in high school that I don’t use that much.

It was really good and fast when I made it, I guess it still is, but in terms of newer games and design programs (AutoCAD etc.) I would say it could do better.

From off the top of my head (I am not near my rig):

- Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
- P5K ??? Asus Motherboard
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 1 x 250 GB HD
- 1 x 500 GB HD
- Decent graphics card from when the Q6600 was pretty good

*I will update the ram/hd/gc when I am off work

My question is, would I be able to overclock my cpu to something reasonable with only a stock cooler and a small fan within the tower case?
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Not likely- It was a great CPU, but not as efficient as the newer stuff. A stock cooler would be risky.....and buying upgrades for old tech is expensive and not cost effective. Run it at stock, or a little above if you're willing to risk overheating. Try a small overclock like a 333Mhz bus speed and the multiplier at 8x. It would only get you to 2.66, but it will allow you to check how much it is affected by the weak cooler and if you can run it. I ran mine at 3.2Ghz with a 400Mhz bus speed and an 8x multiplier, but I used a top of the line cooler and fan setup to keep it cool. If you can get 2.8 you should be happy.
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if you go on youtube, search q6600 gtx 650 ti (or whatever video card name), and check out videos of other people's setups with that same cpu teamed up with a newer vid card. I think for keeping costs low (compared to upgrading everything) a new video card and overclocking your cpu isn't a bad option to get a boost in gaming..
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