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Hello, I'm Tom. I joined here in attempt to try to learn more about over clocking and computers in general. I just built a pc on a budget for gaming. Here are the specs, and yes I know its not the best mobo lol.


CPU Intel core 2 q8400 2.66ghz soon to be 3ghz qx9650

Mobo Intel DP45SG (came with q8400) - CPU and MOBO came together used on amazon for $95

A-tech DDR3 2gb RAM x4 - amazon $65

EVGA GTX750ti FTW GC - frys $115

EVGA 500w PSU - amazon $65

Samsung 850 evo ssd 250gb - amazon -$75

NZXT case (forgot which model) - amazon - $65

Running windows 10 - Microsoft free 99

Games I play (without issue on medium settings) GTA V, BF4 , RUST, counter strike

I'm a total pc noob transferred from the console department. I got sick of Xbox shoving dlc content into every game they can and over charging for games. Hello again, be nice to me I only roughly know what I'm talking about most of the time.

post #2 of 21
Clean build---nice cable management! Do you have any particular questions about hardware overclocking?
post #3 of 21
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Thank you! The nzxt case I have is great for hiding wires. I'm looking for technical info I guess. Since my motherboard seems to only do bios overclocking. I wanna know which option does what and why. I played with it a bit and got it running at 3.2ghz but I checked the core Temps while trying to load GTA V they were on their way to go above 65°c which I wasn't comfortable with so I set it back to default. I got a used qx9650 off ebay for dirty cheap and an h50 corsair water cooler to help with my over clocking adventures. In the bios with the q8400 I could not change the multiplier over what it was already set to but I could set it lower. I changed the frequency from 333 to 400 and raised the voltage from 1.2875 to 1.325. It booted fine and was loading everything fine just too much heat. One odd thing I might add though is I have no bios password set but randomly it asks for a supervisor password after restarting the computer. I've used the bios reset pins and successfully removed it several times but it always comes back.
post #4 of 21
Welcome to the forum. It's a nice PC you got there, nice to know you don't experience performance issues with it.

You might face issues with it next year, and you might need to upgrade.
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Whats happening next year? My mobo is already about 10 years old lol
post #6 of 21
...just new technology. If you have a need to upgrade, do it. If not, roll with the rig you have...
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Originally Posted by Tosagun View Post

...just new technology. If you have a need to upgrade, do it. If not, roll with the rig you have...

Oh gotcha I though he ment like some type of old system crushing windows update like they do with old smart phones. I'm keeping my eye on the new MSI titanium z170a mpower that's coming out soon, It's so shiny.
post #8 of 21
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Since my motherboard seems to only do bios overclocking. I wanna know which option does what and why. I played with it a bit and got it running at 3.2ghz but I checked the core Temps while trying to load GTA V they were on their way to go above 65°c which I wasn't comfortable with so I set it back to default..
3,2 ghz sounds like a nice overclock. I would stick with it. Bios Overclocking is the best overclocking anyways. And the difference between motherboards isn't so much into the performance as it is into the connectivity. So you are totally fine in that regard.
65°C isn't that hot for a CPU under load. intel's Yorkfield series CPU are rated somewere around 100°C max (TJ max), thats when they start throttling. Though I recomment staying 15-20% TJ Max, just to be shure.
There's a nice thread for overclocking Core 2 chips HERE

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One odd thing I might add though is I have no bios password set but randomly it asks for a supervisor password after restarting the computer. I've used the bios reset pins and successfully removed it several times but it always comes back.
That is odd indeet

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I got a used qx9650 off ebay for dirty cheap and an h50 corsair water cooler to help with my over clocking adventures. In the bios with the q8400 I could not change the multiplier over what it was already set to but I could set it lower..
The qx9650 has an unlocked multiplier (EXTREME edition wink.gif ) so you shouldbe able to get an nice overclock out of it.

Ohh, and welcome to overclock.net
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post #9 of 21
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Thanks man great info ill check it out! my cooler should be here Friday and the cpu shortly after. ill post some pics of how the numbers come out
post #10 of 21
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Update: Added an Corsair H50 (silent edition) to my setup. Found out the H50 no longer supports a 775 top bracket so I had to modify the one it came with. LGA 1151 bracket seems to still be an X pattern with the screws slightly farther out so I just used a drill and slotted the bracket mounting holes.

Overclocking frequency @400 instead of 333

So far running @3.2ghz stable from 2.66ghz

Highest temp achieved was 56c on core #0


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