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what ram to get for Q6600 with Abit P35-E mobo

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What is the average overclock with this CPU with a good heatsink (air-cooled).

Should I shell out more for DDR2 1066 or will DDR2 800Mhz be fine? I realize that DDR2 1066 is just overclocked DDR2 800 but would the extra unused speed enable me to tighten timings instead?

I'll be running the Q6600 on the Abit P35-E with possibly a Freezer 7 Pro but've heard that it will not fit the Abit mobo.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...get-build.html
"For the AC Pro 7 users, you may need to pick different mobo because Abit's NB blocks the cooler and I have to cut the bottom fins about 0.2cm in order to fit in.

The Abit ip35-e mobo’s design is really for these cases with the PSU at the top but not at the bottom. "


is all of this true. i don't want to ru into problems.

Back to my original topic, would I see better performance with 4 GB or 2Gb ram running Vista Ultimate? anf so, what do you recommend 2X2Gb or 4X1Gb
post #2 of 6
4gb better for ultimate. But get x64.

Q6600s run nice. Get a thermalright ultra 120 extreme for the CPU. 1066mhz is factory overclocked 800 ram, so it's up to you...as you said of course. They're the same modules, it's not going to give you better oc ability.
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How much you want to OC has a lot to do with your ram decision.

Looking for 3.2, 3.4 or 3.6Ghz+?

If you want more than 3.4Ghz 24/7, I would recommend the IP35 Pro from Abit and a better cooler (Tuniq Tower or TRUE). Check out the memory IC thread and look for models with Micron D9GMH IC's. They will overclock the best. Many of the top memory manufacturers sell a kit with Micron D9 chips.

I personally like Team Group - Team Xtreem but there are other very good brands.

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For me it makes no sense to pay more than double for the board and still have no firewire port on the back while adding more SATA connectors that I DON'T need.

the PCB is the same, and if I need better cooling, I'll buy a chipset fan.
post #5 of 6
Remember, bandwidth gets you more than latency (with Intel anyway). FSB will get you more than tight timings. Some may want to debate this, so.......
Look at PC8500 vs. PC6400 for this reason.
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Although lenzo's point is valid, the boost in performance is rather small. Given the price difference between DDR2 800 and DDR2 1066, I have a hard time ever recommending DDR2 1066 (unless you are spending an equally foolish amount of money on all your other parts and just want the very best system no matter what the cost).

Crucial Ballistix will work well with that motherboard, however the current Ballistix are no longer using 16x64MB (double-sided) D9GMH IC's. They've instead switched to 8x128MB (single-sided) D9's. I don't know the exact D9 chip being used, as they're new and there isn't a lot of info on them, all I know is they're higher density and don't overclock quite as well as the D9GMH's. Their higher density is also making them a bit more sensitive to voltage, so I wouldn't give them more than 2.2v if I were you (it's led to a lot of people having dead memory). You can get a 2x1GB kit for $32 after MIR on newegg and buy.com.

I'm currently using the CL4 version of the 2x1GB G.Skill DDR2 800, and I can confirm they work with that board. I'm waiting on a new clip for my Zalman cooler before I can start overclocking though, so I don't know how well they perform yet but I've heard good things. They're selling for $50 on newegg, no rebate.

Team uses D9's, and they have a CL4 6-layer set for $52 atm, but I saw it as low as $42 about a week ago. If you wait the price might drop as newegg gets more. Tankguys is also selling high quality 8-layer sets that hit insane speed/timing combinations and are very tolerant to high voltage. They're currently out of stock, but I'd pick up these over any DDR2 1066 set: Team DDR2 800 3-3-3-8 warrantied up to 2.35v!
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