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Is it possible to over clock this cpu with this board. I'm hoping to get as close to 4ghz as possible. Would i need to go water cooled or anything.

Thanks in advanced

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I think you'd be lucky to even get 3.0 to 3.2 GHz with that motherboard.

 

Yes, you would need EXTREMELY good CPU cooling for 4.0 GHz because you're talking about a HUGE overclock here, 1.6 GHz above stock. You'd need good CPU cooling for any overclocking really, but taking the Q6600 to 4.0 GHz is nearly a pipedream. You need to build an extremely high-end system for it, and finding parts today that are good enough would be very difficult and it could be quite expensive unless you get lucky.

 

In addition to needing a much better motherboard and much better CPU cooling, you also need to make sure you have good memory that's known to be good for overclocking.

 

Most importantly though, you need a high-quality PSU. I'm not saying you need more power (even though I'd bet you do), I'm saying that it's important to have a PSU that's very high in quality. You need very stable and very accurate power coming out of the PSU so that you can stabilize your system when overclocking it, and it's not possible to know if your PSU is any good unless you find a professional reviewer saying it is (like JonnyGURU.com for example). It can actually be very dangerous to overclock a system to these kinds of extremes using a low-quality or generic PSU. You could end up killing the computer because the PSU could die (which could be a fire hazard at the very worst). It's never safe to overclock using a low-quality or generic PSU, but aiming for these kinds of lofty extremes can be dangerous on such a PSU.

 

You would also need a very good case with very good airflow. If you don't have that, then of course you'd have to buy one and you'd probably need to buy good fans too.

 

In other words, if you want a faster computer, then you would be better off just building a new one and then selling this old one afterward because the amount of money that this would cost you could enable you to build a MUCH better modern system. Almost any modern system you could build today for just a few hundred dollars would absolutely destroy what you have now, and you wouldn't even have to overclock it.

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I think you'd be lucky to even get 3.0 to 3.2 GHz with that motherboard.

Yes, you would need EXTREMELY good CPU cooling for 4.0 GHz because you're talking about a HUGE overclock here, 1.6 GHz above stock. You'd need good CPU cooling for any overclocking really, but taking the Q6600 to 4.0 GHz is nearly a pipedream. You need to build an extremely high-end system for it, and finding parts today that are good enough would be very difficult and it could be quite expensive unless you get lucky.

In addition to needing a much better motherboard and much better CPU cooling, you also need to make sure you have good memory that's known to be good for overclocking.

Most importantly though, you need a high-quality PSU. I'm not saying you need more power (even though I'd bet you do), I'm saying that it's important to have a PSU that's very high in quality. You need very stable and very accurate power coming out of the PSU so that you can stabilize your system when overclocking it, and it's not possible to know if your PSU is any good unless you find a professional reviewer saying it is (like JonnyGURU.com for example). It can actually be very dangerous to overclock a system to these kinds of extremes using a low-quality or generic PSU. You could end up killing the computer because the PSU could die (which could be a fire hazard at the very worst). It's never safe to overclock using a low-quality or generic PSU, but aiming for these kinds of lofty extremes can be dangerous on such a PSU.

You would also need a very good case with very good airflow. If you don't have that, then of course you'd have to buy one and you'd probably need to buy good fans too.

In other words, if you want a faster computer, then you would be better off just building a new one and then selling this old one afterward because the amount of money that this would cost you could enable you to build a MUCH better modern system. Almost any modern system you could build today for just a few hundred dollars would absolutely destroy what you have now, and you wouldn't even have to overclock it.

All of this. Please don't burn your house down trying to push too hard on hardware that cannot support it. Do some research and build a new system that'll give you the performance you want and then, if you feel so inclined, try to push it further at that point. The nature of your questions leads me to believe that you need to do way more research prior to attempting something like this.
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Watercooling is not worth the trouble on super old parts, unless you got all the parts for free or something & just want to experiment.

When I ran a Q6600 I had a board that supported up to 1600mhz FSB. This board supports 1333mhz. Theoretically I could have ran it at 3.6ghz but it got a bit too hot / needed way too much voltage and I turned it down to 3.5ghz. Considering the age of the Q6600 I doubt you will be able to push high speeds out of it. Your board will probably be the limiting factor though.

Safest bet is to do 3.0ghz, you should be able to do this without changing voltage even. You won't be playing any high end games but it would make a good steambox.
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Thanks for the replies. I thought i would be asking to much of the cpu. I might go for 3ghz for now, i have got another cooler coming, Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. I was hoping to get some decent FPS on Arma 3, at the moment i'm lucky to get 20.


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Have my notes handy so thought I'd reply. Way back when the Q6600 was hot stuff I'd overclocked mine on a Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme (similar in performance to the Hyper 212 Evo) up to a maximum (cinebenchable) 3.96 GHz at 1.65v. Highest core temp was 69 degC.

Anyway, I ran it at 3.6Ghz with 1.45v as 24/7 OC. But as above, don't invest too much into it, that money would go a lot further in a new build.
 
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I think that no matter what, you will need a very good motherboard, like the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P. I really don't see you overclocking with what you have now.

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