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I plan on getting a Q6600 soon and matching it with an Ultra-120. Is it feasible to overclock only the processor and leaving the memory at its default settings? I hope to get the processor to around 3.2 GHz.

As the market currently stands, what is the best motherboard to use with the Q6600 (I know this is a rather arbitrary question, but hey, I just want your opinions).

Thanks.
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You are suppose to overclock the processor to your liking/max then fool with RAM/GPU

As far as MB go, i've got the ABIT IP35-Pro and it is a beast, another one that is quite a fan favorite around here is the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. Some of the most efficient overclocking comes from the DFI Blood Iron and Lan Party boards. Unless of course you are made of money and want a 780i
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I plan on getting a Q6600 soon and matching it with an Ultra-120. Is it feasible to overclock only the processor and leaving the memory at its default settings? I hope to get the processor to around 3.2 GHz.

As the market currently stands, what is the best motherboard to use with the Q6600 (I know this is a rather arbitrary question, but hey, I just want your opinions).

Thanks.
If you have an Intel chipset motherboard, you can run the ram divider with the FSB to keep it at or below the rated DDR2 800 speed. There are 2 options:

1. Run the Ram 1:1 with a 356 FSB and x9 multi to have the CPU at 3.2GHz and the ram at DDR2 712. Then tighten the timings.

2. Run the Ram 1:1 with a 400 FSB and x8 multi to have the CPU at 3.2GHz and the ram at DDR2 800.


If you have an NVIDIA chipset motherboard, just run the ram unlinked and set to DDR2 800.



I would recommend a P35 chipset board by DFI, ASUS , Gigabyte or Abit.
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So can you get away with overclocking the processor and leaving the memory timings/speeds at default (auto)?
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In a way yes, you still need to read some voltage guides to get you on the right place because some people new to OC'ing think they can't overclock any farther when all they need is a simple Vcore increase/decrease RAM voltage increase/decrease. It's all about spending hours in the guides and then seeing what you come up with because every processor/board/RAM isn't the same.
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So can you get away with overclocking the processor and leaving the memory timings/speeds at default (auto)?
With the NVIDIA chipset, yes.


With intel chipset, not exactly... Once you go over the 400 FSB range, you will be running the ram past its rated speed of 400MHz (400MHz x 2 = DDR2 800... Double Data Rate) at it's lowest memory divider. Also, with intel dividers, you wont be running exactly at DDR2 800 specs. When you are "inbetween" the divider to FSB ranges, you might have to run slightly underclocked, or slightly overclocked. But thats why many people adjust the CPUs multiplier to allow for a higher FSB.
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post #7 of 8
You can run around your stock speeds like 778 or 845 for example. If you take some time and add your system specs (or the system you are planning to get in more detail) it would be great. Also with a TRUE you will be able to reach much higher speeds than 3.2 (i am 24/7 on 3.6 with 31 31 34 36 idle).
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My current mobo unfortunately wont unlink the memory, so my ddr2 800 runs at 700 setting of 2.0... ive tried to set it at 2.5 and it puts my memory at 875 but I get nothing but errors and blues..and default setting is 3.0 which would give me 1055 :-0

So i just tightened the timmings to 4-4-4-15 and it runs nice n cool with no real stress.
from what I understand the performance from OC'ed ram isnt as important as the cpu.

Now if you have the option to unlink it, then I would, after your cpu is stable see what gives you better performance, tight timmings or higher freq
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