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Hi all, new to the forums, looking for a place to start. never overclocked any of my systems. Just changed video cards from MSI 6600GT in Sli to the PNY 9600GT in Sli, don't know if that was a good move *shrug*.... I generally Play WOW on the machine, some cs.

So if anyone could make suggestions I would appreciate it.

one question specifically is should I return the 9600x2 and get just on 8800? anyways, thanks in advance!
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I ran some tests with 3dmark06

3DMark Score 11819
SM 2.0 Score 4718
SM 3.0 Score 5465
CPU Score 3365


Graphics Tests
1 - Return to Proxycon 39.11 FPS
2 - Firefly Forest 39.53 FPS

CPU Tests
CPU1 - Red Valley 1.09 FPS
CPU2 - Red Valley 1.66 FPS

HDR Tests
1 - Canyon Flight (SM 3.0) 63.72 FPS
2 - Deep Freeze (SM 3.0) 45.58 FPS

Everest Info -
DIMM1: Corsair XMS2 CM2X1024-6400C4 1 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-13 @ 270 MHz)
CPU27 °C (81 °F) @ idle
GPU1: GPU39 °C (102 °F) @ idle
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Those video cards are fine for playing WoW and CS I don't think you need to trade them for a 8800 GT. What type of cooling do you have on your CPU right now, stock?
    
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I think the cards you have are fine. You will get all the performance you need for that resolution and no sense in wasting time and money making a sideways move. The first thing you need to do is read. there are many guides around that explain overclocking and such. It is important to see how all the components relate to each other and what adjustments do what.

As a general rule of thumb, start with the CPU and adjust RAM accordingly. you will get the most performance that way and it will make overclocking the RAM easier after you get some experience with the CPU.
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hi, welcome to OCN.

first thing i ever overclocked was a P4 3.4, didnt go down well as i just used trial and error. Mostly it was error though

i too have a Q6600 and i can personally say that they overclock well, you have a good water cooling system so i can recommend raising the fsb to 300 in the bios. This is what i did as soon as i got the chip, this raises it to 2.7 (300*9) which is the same speed as a Q6700. If this is successful then you just saved alot of money

You can go beyond this though, it depends on the stepping (G0 or B3, G0 is better) and the core voltage.

Good luck
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Uh sorry to say this but I don't understand ur question u say where to start but start what? I think you mean upgrade ur system or downgrade or overclock? or something else. well if u play WOW it doesn't have extreme graphics so ur VC should be fine. If ur planning to overclock press DEL key rapidly at start up until you see a blue screen (not the actual BSOD do't get the wrong idea) and play around with the settings. read this Intel OC thread.
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Uh sorry to say this but I don't understand ur question u say where to start but start what? I think you mean upgrade ur system or downgrade or overclock? or something else. well if u play WOW it doesn't have extreme graphics so ur VC should be fine. If ur planning to overclock press DEL key rapidly at start up until you see a blue screen (not the actual BSOD do't get the wrong idea) and play around with the settings. read this Intel OC thread.
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The question was overclocking. and I will read the guide thanks.
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That motherboard isnt going to OC that CPU that great. 650i's are know not to oc quads well. Just though you should know that.
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I have almost the same system, a msi p6n sli platinum 2x9600gt (msi also) q6600 GO stepping, 2x1g of transcend axeram, 650 watt hec ps clio, ASUS V-60 HSF, in a XClio cool box.
So far I have been able to get my q6600 up to 3.176 g. stable. It boots higher but hangs in windows erratically, so I would say some of the previous posters are right, msi doesn't oc all that well as I have heard reports of 3.6g for the q6600 are quite common.I raised my voltage by .075 on the processor(reads 1.38 in windows with cpuz) and I raised the northbridge to 1.325, southbridge to 1.60, and I get 16,222 on 3dmark 06.
I have overclocked a lot of amd processors but this is my first intel, and I was surprised to find a couple of stability holes. Places at which the computer simply would not boot, yet by going past them I was able to boot and run windows and game perfectly fine.
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