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What is the best way to overclock my system?

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I've been building computers for a while now, I'm taking CISCO networking courses at my school, and I absolutley love working with computers, but I haven't the slightest idea how to overclock!!!
This is the first time I've used this website, and it will be the first time I overclock.

So I suppose what I'm asking, is what can I overclock in my system without blowing it up, and how do I go about doing it?

Thanks to everyone in advance
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there must be 20 different guides in the forums for overclocking every component , look around youll find them , awsome guides too , good luck
    
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You should overclock using the BIOS. Read up on some tutorials and learn what each setting does. Basically, you are looking to increase the FSB of the PC which raises the clock speed of the CPU. For instance, your E6600 has a rated FSB of 1066 and a FSB of 266 (FSBx4=rated FSB) and a CPU multiplier of 9. (9*266=2394) When you increase the FSB from 266 on up, you multiply that by the CPU multiplier to achieve a higher clock speed. So,if you raised it from 266 to 300, you would be running at 2700 instead of the stock 2400. The higher the speed, the more unstable it becomes. Voltage is added to stabilize the overclock. When you add more voltage, you need to remove more heat, hence all the aftermarket cooling etc.

Now, when you raise the FSB, you also raise the RAM speed. Since, at first, anyways, you should start by isolating the CPU to see what it is capable of, drop the RAM divider down one notch. So, if you are running DDR2 800 RAM, drop down to the 667 divider. (This can be shown a few different ways in BIOS. Either a multiplier (2.0, 2.4, 2.5, 3.0 etc) that is multiplied by the FSB, a divider (1:1, 4:5 etc) showing the ratio of FSB to RAM speed and a setting (800/667, 1066/667, 1333/667 etc.) where it shows rated FSB and RAM speed.)

It is important to drop the RAM speed as it can cause instability and limit the CPU overclock.


There are tons of tutorials worded better than this and much more in depth. Also, you will find many people here that can help you too. GL
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That was AWESOME. Thanks for the informative response.
How much do you think I can overclock my processor given the cooling that I have?
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That was AWESOME. Thanks for the informative response.
How much do you think I can overclock my processor given the cooling that I have?
Well, each set-up is different even if it has the same components, but I would guess 2.9-3.0. I know the 570 isn't great for AMD's, but I am not sure how well that chipset overclocks for Intels. The 3 things that can limit an OC (besides heat etc.) are RAM, mobo and CPU. It looks to me like your RAM isn't that great. Assuming you can run it up to 350 mhx (700 effective) and run on a 1:1 ratio with FSB, that would give you a verclock of 3150. I am pretty sure that CPU will do that, so it is just a matter of seeing if the RAM and mobo can run those speeds.

mobo and RAM operate on the same principals as CPU's, higher speed needs more voltage to stabilize wich in turn leads to more heat. You can acheive higher FSB speeds with more voltage, but it will heat up the NB as well. Also, you may want to look into a 2x1gb DDR2 800 kit. They are cheap now and will help you overclock. Not only will they allow you to run faster FSB's, it is less stressful on the memory controller when running 2 sticks instead of 4. I would see if you can find some reviews or posts on that mobo to get an idea of what FSB speeds it is capable of. Also, I don't know what BIOS options are there. Some boards (DFI for example) have tons of options while some are fairly limited. Most enthusiast boards have plenty, though.
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