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Hey all,

So I've never really overclocked anything but a video card before, but I just got the e6300 processor yesterday to complete my new computer system, and I heard that they were great overclockers, so I decided to give it a try. I managed to get it up to 2.17 Ghz off of slightly higher V-Core (not even sure if that was needed or not), and just raising the FSB. I can't get it to go any higher than 305mhz on the FSB though. The option is there to set the FSB anywhere up to 500mhz or 600mhz (can't remember). Below is the rest of the hardware I'm using.

Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express
Patriot Signature 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
Western Digital SATA hard drive
Sapphire x1800 GTO 256mb vid card

So is the limiting factor the RAM? I set the ram speed at 533mhz to allow for a higher overclock as well (since the ram speed goes up with the processor speed), but even when I had it set to 667mhz (rated speed), and it was actually clocked to 750+mhz, it ran fine. The CPU temp never got above 39C, and I'm running on the stock cooling. I'm not looking for a huge overclock here, esp since I am running on stock cooling, but I am hoping for 2.6ghz or so.

I'm not sure what to do with the RAM timings, or if there is anything I should change besides the V-Core, FSB speed, and RAM speed when I am overclocking. If anyone here could take a look at the motherboard I've got and see what kind of options I have, that would be great. If it helps, I'll grab a screenshot of the bios screen and post it up so you can see the options I have available to me on this particular motherboard.

Thanks for any help.
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It's more than likely your motherboard holding you back. You should not need a vcore increase for 2.6Ghz.. infact you could probably decrease your vcore. I'm running 2.3GHz right now at 1.2v, down from 1.325v stock.

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Thanks for the welcome.

A few questions about your response... How can I know for certain that it is the motherboard holding the system back? Or why do you believe that it is the motherboard? And why would Foxconn have left the option for a 500/600mhz FSB if it can only go up to 300mhz without crashing? I'm not trying to say that you're not right, just trying to figure out why you might be right, and what to try to find out for sure.
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Well, my motherboard has a high frequency setting of 700Mhz.. there's no way it's ever going to reach that.

It really depends on the layout of the board I believe, the quality of the components used also plays a big part in it, as well as the CPU's power regulation.

The Gigabyte DS3 is a really cheap motherboard that's great at overclocking.. people can hit 500+MHz FSB on this beast.

Also, I believe that Foxconn aren't well known for being great overclockers.

Even so, a Core 2 Duo CPU at 2.17GHz is going to burn through anything you throw at it. Even mine at 2.3Ghz is way too much for me

But, if you want to try and push more, try putting your Chipset voltage up, if there is an option in BIOS. It's usually called MCH voltage I believe. Put it up one notch and try 320FSB or something.
    
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Thanks, I do remember seeing MCH voltage settings in the bios. I will give that a try when I get home and post up results. I didn't know Foxconn's weren't good overclockers, so that's too bad, but it should be plenty for a while.
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Hey SgtSpike, you should fill out your system specs for us under the "User CP" tab up top. It will make it easier for us to help you in the future. Welcome to OCN
    
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I was able to get the FSB up to 336mhz running stable, for an overclock to 2.352Ghz.

By the way, will I hurt anything by putting all the voltages to the max in my bios settings?
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I was able to get the FSB up to 336mhz running stable, for an overclock to 2.352Ghz.

By the way, will I hurt anything by putting all the voltages to the max in my bios settings?
well ya for vcore, but thats if its at like 1.43 or higher
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Ok, so VCore should not go above 1.43v? Anything else?
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well i dont reccomend setting it at even 1.4150.. put it at like 1.3750 to 1.4000
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