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Getting a Q6600 to a stable 4ghz

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I'm building a new system with the following parts:

P5K premium mobo
Q6600 G0 stepping
8GB Corsair Dominator DDR2
EVGA 9800 GX2
Enermax Galaxy 1KW
Coolermaster Cosmos S case

So, want to be able to overclock the cpu as much as possible - ideally to around a consistently stable 4ghz for the purposes of rendering images for my work as fast as possible given the set up.

So, I understand a q6600 can be got to around 3.6ghz on air alone, so am i right in thinking that a relatively simple water cooling system such as a swiftec H20-220 or maybe a zalman reservator xt would suffice, or do I really need to go for something more elaborate? I dont intend to OC the ram or GPU, just the cpu. The main reason for mentioning the above 2 is ease of installation and cost. I'm buying all my parts from scan.co.uk so i can get 9 months credit on it - hence the more expensive zalman unit. The swiftech i cant get from them, but is only £100 and i can stretch to that. Is the Zalman unit going to be better than the swiftech?

The rest of the stuff for watercooling they have at scan looks like it kinda sucks based on the reviews i've read.

Any ideas?
Edited by Jakzilla - 5/11/08 at 7:30am
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First of all, you can't overclock a motherboard. Secondly, it depends on the chip itself to what clock you will reach. Getting to 4GHz on a crappy chip isnt gonna happen, however, most Q6700s and do 3.8GHz
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First of all, you can't overclock a motherboard. Secondly, it depends on the chip itself to what clock you will reach. Getting to 4GHz on a crappy chip isnt gonna happen, however, most Q6700s and do 3.8GHz
eh?

You have a q6600 and it's at 4ghz, so why talk about a q6700 which is known to be a poorer overclocker than the q6600 and twice the price for lower speed than you have on your 6600?
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eh?

You have a q6600 and it's at 4ghz, so why talk about a q6700 which is known to be a poorer overclocker than the q6600 and twice the price for lower speed than you have on your 6600?
The q6700 isn't a poor overclocker, it has a higher multiplier than the Q6600. I've also heard that the new batch of q6600's don't overclock as well as the older ones did. as for the zalman watercooling unit, waste of money. If you want a good watercooling loop, a 360 radiator, a good pump and a d-tek fuzion with a quad core nozzle kit would be much better.
    
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The q6700 isn't a poor overclocker, it has a higher multiplier than the Q6600. I've also heard that the new batch of q6600's don't overclock as well as the older ones did. as for the zalman watercooling unit, waste of money. If you want a good watercooling loop, a 360 radiator, a good pump and a d-tek fuzion with a quad core nozzle kit would be much better.
But you dont have a watercooled system?
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But you dont have a watercooled system?
Well then, since you dont appreciate his advice, i'll say it myself, a good 360 radiator, pump, and a block such as the DTek Fuzion with the nozzle on, will be better than the Zalman solution.

Selected parts will and have been proven to perform much better than prebuilt solutions.
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But you dont have a watercooled system?
Rofl, I don't have the sun either but I still know it's hot....
    
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Rofl, I don't have the sun either but I still know it's hot....
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Rofl, I don't have the sun either but I still know it's hot....




The Q6700 tends to be a slightly better overclocker due to better bin. The newer Q's are not as good as the older ones (in general) I have a 1.25 VID and I need 1.488 to run 3.6ghz. If it were an older batch, I could get a bit more at this vcore.
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Rofl, I don't have the sun either but I still know it's hot....
qft, this guy seems like an ass tbh...
    
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