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Hello peeps. Just treated myself to a new rig and am toying with overclocking, but it scares the hell out of me. The only overclocking I've done is hitting the snooze on my alarmclock.
Heres the spec on my new rig:

Case Antec performance one P180
PSU with Antec TPQ 850-EC
MB Asus Striker 2 formula
CPU Intel Core 2 quad Q6600
GPU x2 XFX 8800 GT in SLI
Mem 4GB (4x1GB) G.SKILL PC2-8500 DDR2-1066
HD Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB
Mon Samsung 22" Syncmaster 226CW
SC Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Gamer

I've got a Zalman ultra quiet on the CPU and a OCZ memory cooler installed as well as the case fans.

So all you boffins out there in cyberville please advise me on the best approach to overclocking and/or any tutorials and such you may have come across to help me in my overclocking persuit.

Thanks..
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post #2 of 6
Nice little joke there First of all welcome to OCN, it's a great place to learn.

Check out this guide for starters. Give it a look over and if you have any questions let us know. Overclocking doesn't have to be scary so relax and enjoy. Good luck, hope to hear good news from you soon!

PS-Really nice rig you got there too!
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post #3 of 6
You've actually got the right attitude about overclocking. Cautious people are generally safer overclockers.

Before you do anything in the BIOS, make sure you've got all the requisite programs. A stress-tester like SP2004, Prime95, Orthos, or Everest will be required to check your system for stability, and if you're going to overclock your RAM as well, having Memtest86 would be good to ensure that your RAM is also running fine. For temperature monitoring, CoreTemp is the best for processor temperatures, and Speedfan is good for monitoring northbridge and hard drive temperatures. If you notice that there is little or no discrepancy between Coretemp and Speedfan you can go ahead and use that instead, but if Speedfan is giving you much different information than CoreTemp, I wouldn't trust Speedfan for the processor temperatures.

I'd start by setting your RAM divider to 2.0 (or whatever the equivalent is) this will underclock your RAM, but it will also take it out of the equation for any problems that might crop up later. After that start raising your bus speed in 5-10MHz increments until you either achieve an overclock that you're happy with, or fail to boot. You can probably make a fairly large initial jump to around 300MHz to save yourself some time, I've never seen any reports of that motherboard or processor not being able to run at those speeds. For right now I'd probably leave your multiplier and voltages alone, at least until you've done some more reading. Voltage increases are the only thing that is really dangerous about overclocking anymore, at least as long as you monitor your temperatures. Oh, and don't forget to clock your RAM back up after all is said and done.

Don't forget to stress-test your components for at least 8 hours once you've set a final overclock to make sure they're rock-solid stable.
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Thanks guys, one more thing does clocking two GPU differ in any way to a single card??
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Two GPU is better than single. The difference is depending on how well the scale of SLI.
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Originally Posted by Timmy the Dog View Post


Hello peeps. JThe only overclocking I've done is hitting the snooze on my alarmclock.
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When you do start upping the vcore, keep an eye on your full load temps, mid to high 60c range is pushing it... especially when the warm weather comes and cause the temps to increase further.
    
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