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Thinking I should OC my e6400...

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Well Iv had this rig for about 6 months now and Im thinking that I need to get on the OCing as Im planning to play Age of Conan (wee) and I hope to get the most out of it.

So Im wondering how safe it is to OC on stock cooling and how high I can go. As for fans I researched a little a while ago and found a tuniq tower for like $45 at the time but the thing is just too big. But do I really need to get one?

Any suggestions on what I should do?
post #2 of 21
you can get a stable clock at 2.6ghz on stock cooling its not much of an over clock but the temps get too high pushing it higher i had my 6400 at 3.2ghz it still is on my spare rig but thats on an aftermarket tt blue orb cooler with AS5
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You'll be safe on stock cooling with a mild overclock, sure.. But if you're looking to get 3.0+ you'll need something a bit more substantial.

If you're looking for decent and budget, look at the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - It's a little cracker. Quiet too.

Tuniq would be ideal if you want super cool temps, it is one of the best.. But if it's only a small increase you want, probably overkill.
post #4 of 21
It kind of depends what stepping you have. If you have a good E6400 (a bit of an old one) you might get away with 1.2v cpu vcore at 2.8Ghz which should be easy to handle for the stock cooler.
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It kind of depends what stepping you have. If you have a good E6400 (a bit of an old one) you might get away with 1.2v cpu vcore at 2.8Ghz which should be easy to handle for the stock cooler.
Could you explain a little? And maybe how I could find out?

Im able to put together systems decently enough though Im still fairly new to OCing
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Could you explain a little? And maybe how I could find out?

Im able to put together systems decently enough though Im still fairly new to OCing
Do you still have the box the cpu came in? Check for the FPO number.

Else you can find out by simply testing it. You could start with dropping the cpu vcore to 1.25v and try 333FSB, that would give you 2.66Ghz.

It's important to lock the PCI-e speed at 100mhz, and PCI speed at 33,33mhz.
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It looks like we tossed the box a while ago unfortunately, either that or its hiding somewhere in the garage

But thanks for the advice, Ill definitely be giving it a shot sometime soon. And I think that I will be investing in a new fan, as Im hoping to get as much out of this as I can as opposed to getting a Q6600. So the Arctic Freezer 7 eh?
post #8 of 21
F7Pro would be a good place to start sure, cos it's cheap. I've got one, and it keeps my 3.4Ghz E6600 around the high 30's.. And it only cost me £12 so, im happy with that.

As a rule, the higher the overclock you want, the more you'll have to invest in a cooler.
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AF7 is a great little cooler, I'm not disappointed at all. I run 24/7 at 3.2ghz, and I reached 3.4ghz with temperatures at 58c at the max (try to keep temps under 60c) with average ambient temperatures (~20c).
post #10 of 21
Definitely overclock that baby!

For mine it took:

1.30 volts for 3.0 ghz

FSB chasm (gap of instability) of anything between ~390 and 420 mhz FSB.

1.45 volts for 3.5 ghz.

An after market cooler is a must, as this is a Core 2, and you will not want to stop til you get as high as you can.. trust me it is extremely addicting to just keep going higher and higher and higher....
    
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