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Abit AB9 Pro - works with q6600?

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Upgrading to q6600 from my measly p4 520 2.8 ghz soon.

My current specs:
Abit AB9 Pro (lga775)
Sapphire HD 2900 Pro (oc'd)
3gb ddr2-800 OCZ ram
p4 520 (2.8 ghz + HT)/zalman heatsink
Raidmax Volcano 630w psu
Antec Nine Hundred case
Vista x32 premium

I am tired of my friggin bottleneck cpu so I will probably be ordering a q6600 from newegg soon. The main question I have is whether it is properly supported by the AB9 Pro. I'm assuming that any motherboard that supports dual-core 775 cpus will also support quad-core cpus. Am I right or wrong?

And... any other thoughts/advice before I purchase this and start overclocking it? How far is it safe to take a q6600 in an air-cooled system with a zalman heatsink and some arctic silver?

Also... will the performance difference be obvious, going from my current cpu to quad-core?

Thanks,
neon
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It does fully support it as long as you have the latest bios. Which Zalman heatsink exactly? You will feel the difference from the P4. I hope you have better luck overclocking with your AB9. I just recently upgraded from it since I hit a fsb wall on my e6400.
    
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Yes it does support C2Qs(quad cores)... Yes the performance difference will be like night and day .

3.0Ghz should be easy to achieve, but I don't know how much further the p965 chipset and Zalman cooler can go from there.
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Yep, what they said, Check here http://www.uabit.com/index.php?optio...ge=1&model=323

Thermal Specs can be found here... (Page 17)

http://download.intel.com/design/pro...s/31559205.pdf
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Thanks for all the answers!

My heatsink is the CNPS7700-CU 120mm
http://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggIma...118-115-01.jpg

I don't think I really need to order anything else on newegg besides some new Arctic Silver. I can upgrade the heatsink if need be. Any suggestions?

There is a combo deal on newegg for box q6600 (OEM is sold out) and this monstrosity of a cooler... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835200037

I don't want to touch that thing with a 10-foot pole, though.. and my current heatsink seems to be good enough to last me a while.
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