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So I've been reading these forums for about a month now, reading posts and guides and trying to get a handle on doing my very first O/C.

And I was wondering if I could get some input on how to make sure I've done everything right. That is, not harming my system, maximizing what I have, etc.

I've downloaded all the necessary utilities: Prime95, CoreTemp, CPU-Z; and by reading several posts with similar systems, I've been able to get a stable O/C of my Q6600 GO at 3.0ghz with temps no higher than 63C (Prime95 small FFT test for 4hours, yes I know I need to run it longer, but I haven't had time)

I went with the following BIOS settings:

Advanced BIOS Features
  • CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E): Disable
  • CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2): Disable
  • CPU EIST Function (Note): Disable

PC Health Status
  • CPU Smart FAN Control: Enabled
  • CPU Smart FAN Mode: PWM

Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)
  • CPU Host Clock Control: Enabled
  • CPU Host Frequency: 334
  • PCI Express Frequency: 100
  • System Memory Multiplier: 2.0 (800/668)
  • System Voltage Control: Manual
  • DDR2 OverVoltage Control: +0.3V
  • PCI-E OverVoltage Control: Normal
  • FSB OverVoltage Control: +0.2v
  • (G)MCH OverVoltage Control: +0.2v
  • CPU Voltage Control: 1.31250v (one notch above default).

And here is a screenshot during a testing session:



So my questions are:

1. Looking at the screen shots and the Bios entries, what can I do to "clean up" my O/C? Given the hardware I have, is there something I'm missing?

2. Is something glaringly wrong with what I'm doing vs. "the norm"? (I know there really isn't anything that can be classified as "the norm" due to all the variables involved, but I think you guys know what I mean).

3. And last, I've tried and tried to understand the ins and outs of overclocking my RAM, but I just can't get a handle on it. As far as I can tell, the only thing I've done so far to my RAM is adjust the one BIOS setting for it, and I honestly don't know what effect that has, exactly, on my system.

Thanks for any and all help, it's very much appreciated from an overclocking n00b.
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Originally Posted by MacZero View Post
So I've been trolling these forums for about a month now, reading posts and guides and trying to get a handle on doing my very first O/C.

And I was wondering if I could get some input on how to make sure I've done everything right. That is, not harming my system, maximizing what I have, etc.

I've downloaded all the necessary utilities: Prime95, CoreTemp, CPU-Z; and by reading several posts with similar systems, I've been able to get a stable O/C of my Q6600 GO at 3.0ghz with temps no higher than 63C (Prime95 small FFT test for 4hours, yes I know I need to run it longer, but I haven't had time)
OK, I don't think you know what trolling is. Unless you are a previously banned user or something.

Your OC is off to a good start. You should be able to get a few hundred more MHz out of your Q6600. Gradually increase the FSB and run Prime95 for stability, very gradually raising the voltage as needed. Once you find an OC your happy with, then you can worry about the memory. I would leave it unlinked for now.
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Your ram seems severely underclocked. You either need to put it in a divider (I don't know if that's possible with your board) or push your q6600 some more
Other than that seems good for your first time!
    
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The only thing wrong I see is your temps are awful high for 1.216 vcore. How did you apply the thermal compound?
I think you may have applied too much. Most people end up putting too much on, I know I did the first several times. You may need to reseat your Heat sink.
Other than that it looks good.
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Yeah I made the mistake of adding TOO much thermal paste. My temps dropped around 20C when I reapplied it the right way.
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Ditto on the thermal paste. As far as RAM, make sure to set it at manufacturer voltage, and unlink it. Once unliked, put it at specified clock and timings. Once you get a stable OC, then you can squeeze the juice out of it with optimization...
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Thanks for the replies, guys.

I'll reapply the thermal paste. I read a lot about how easy it was to put too much on, so I thought I was extra careful. It was about the width of a grain of rice and followed the instructions on AS's website.

Regarding the RAM, how do I go about setting the voltages, unlinking, etc.
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Thanks for the replies, guys.

I'll reapply the thermal paste. I read a lot about how easy it was to put too much on, so I thought I was extra careful. It was about the width of a grain of rice and followed the instructions on AS's website.

Regarding the RAM, how do I go about setting the voltages, unlinking, etc.
Not familar with your BIOS setup menu, but somewhere there will be a setting for system voltages. Many boards undervolt at something like 1.8, so you should set to whatever your Corsair is rated at (2.1, 2.2 something like that, check the specs. on Newegg or Corsair's website). You can also set the timings to whatever was advertised for the RAM.

Wherever on your BIOS set up it deals with setting the FSB should be an option to unlink the memory, link, or set the divider. There will also be an option to set the memory freq.

Consult your boards manual about the aforementioned settings. Most manuals have images of the BIOS setup so you can locate them.
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