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What's a good motherboard and ram to pair up with the Q6600?

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I'm looking to buy a motherboard that has 65nm. and 45nm. support plus has that capabilities to overclock memory and the Q6600 very well. Tonight I'm going to be buying the Q6600 from the local FRYS electronics store for $189.99 which to me seems like a great deal for a SLAKER/GO processor that's capable of overclocking to 3.6-3.8GHz on the right rig. For the memory I really want something that has good SLI support and is able to overclock like mad.

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Anyone able to help me out with the right combinations?
    
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Western Digital W03200AAKS 320 GIG Vista Ultimate 64 bit 19in. Acer Al1916W (upgrading to a 24" or 26") Logitech G15 with LCD Screen 
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Western Digital W03200AAKS 320 GIG Vista Ultimate 64 bit 19in. Acer Al1916W (upgrading to a 24" or 26") Logitech G15 with LCD Screen 
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ocz is a pretty good brand for ram, usually comes with heat sinks and my friends runs faster than my corsair same clock diff. timings. how much are you willing to spend on the mobo? the mobo in my sig is the lt and is missing a few features but overclocks pretty well. ive had my q6600 up to 4ghz (I lost my mind and built a pretty crazy water cooling setup)
    
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post #4 of 30
Do you need SLI (dual graphics cards)?

If you do, you're stuck with the 780i chipset.

If not, there are a lot of good choices out there. I'd personally go with a P35 board. If you know what you are doing in BIOS, you can't beat DFI. But if you're more of a basic tweaker, I'd stick with either the Gigabyte P35-DS3L or the Abit IP35-E. If you like Asus, the P5K is not a bad board either.
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post #5 of 30
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Originally Posted by droby1987 View Post
I'm looking to buy a motherboard that has 65nm. and 45nm. support plus has that capabilities to overclock memory and the Q6600 very well. Tonight I'm going to be buying the Q6600 from the local FRYS electronics store for $189.99 which to me seems like a great deal for a SLAKER/GO processor that's capable of overclocking to 3.6-3.8GHz on the right rig. For the memory I really want something that has good SLI support and is able to overclock like mad.

Thanks
check that ur q6600 is a GO, i read between this week here that a guy order from FRYS and got B3 stepping... GL with your proc
post #6 of 30
Forget SLi support, most SLi motherboards arent great at OC'in

Go for the DFI DK P35, theres a whole thread about it in the Intel Motherboards section

If thats not possible for you, get the ASUS P5K-E

Both dont have SLi, but they have crossfire

For RAM, look at the Crucial BallistiX P8500 or the OCZ Reapers - both in either 800MHz or 1066MHz

If you buy the 1066MHz you will downclock it to 800Mhz on the DFI board, but it'll allow you massive 'overclocking' of the RAM using dividers once you have finished overclocking and will take RAM out of the equation for limiting your overclock
    
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post #7 of 30
I would stick with p35/x38 boards as possbile. DFI Dark P35 and GSkill DDR2 800/1000/1066.
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check that ur q6600 is a GO, i read between this week here that a guy order from FRYS and got B3 stepping... GL with your proc
I'm going to the FRYS store tonight to buy it and I should be able to see what I'm getting.
    
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Q6600 SLACR L746B116 OC@3.6GHz EVGA 780i SLI P08 BIOS SLI EVGA 8800GTS G92's @ 775MHz/1944MHz/1936MHz 8 GIG OCZ Reaper 1066MHz @ 950MHz 
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Western Digital W03200AAKS 320 GIG Vista Ultimate 64 bit 19in. Acer Al1916W (upgrading to a 24" or 26") Logitech G15 with LCD Screen 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Western Digital W03200AAKS 320 GIG Vista Ultimate 64 bit 19in. Acer Al1916W (upgrading to a 24" or 26") Logitech G15 with LCD Screen 
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post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by HauntSheep View Post

For RAM, look at the Crucial BallistiX P8500 or the OCZ Reapers - both in either 800MHz or 1066MHz
Team Xtreem RAM with micron D9 are awesome too
post #10 of 30
What I do is link and sync my memory and fsb. My fsb runs at 1600 which is quad pumped... so you devide that by 4.

400 true FSB

Then the memory if youre linked and synced 1:1 ratio, which is the most ideal ram setup... is x2 of the true FSB value.

If your true fsb is anything under 400, stay with DDR2 6400. No reason get get 1066 memory or higher unless you plan to overclock more than that.

Oh, and the default true FSB for the q6600 is 266.


Get the 780i, and get just 800mhz memory, or 1066
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