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Hey guys,

I own a P5N32-E SLI motherboard and a Q6600, and am not able to overclock my Q6600 as much as I'd like due to the GTL Ref Voltage on my Motherboard being too low.

I found some guides on the internet describing how to install a GTL Ref Mod onto this exact motherboard, however I'm not very good with electrical terms so I would like to start at the basics and make sure I truly understand everything before I try this.

First of all, here is an article I've found explaining how to do it:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...l-ref-mod.html

I have a couple very basic questions to start with:

1. To complete this entire modification, which items do I need? A soldering iron and potentiometer? Is that it? And if possible, I would appreciate if someone could link me to the exact soldering iron and potentiometer (or anything else) that I should be using since there are different kinds of each and I want to make sure I get the right kind.

2. Is it safe for me to perform this mod with all of the other components installed in my motherboard? I only ask this because in the picture it shows that there is no CPU inside the socket. I would like to keep my components in if possible, but if I have to take them out I will.

3. I don't really understand the terminology used very well in the pictures. How do I "soldier 500ohms VR to ground, set at 200ohms"? Also, how do I measure the GTLref voltage? I assume with the potentiometer, but I'm not sure exactly what I do with it. Maybe it will become clear once I actually pick one up and get a chance to look at it. And finally, how do I increase the VR resistance -- is that done by the potentiometer as well? How does it work?

I understand these are probably dumb questions, but I've never really delved into the realm of electrical stuff yet. I'm very good with computers so I should pick up on this very quickly -- I just need it explained in dummy terms at first.

Thanks guys,

Chris
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OCZ Vertex 128GB SSD Windows 7 Samsung 22" Corsair TX850W 
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