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Okay, I had a couple of questions here... Now, I've been looking through some of the overclocking information, but I've still come up short.

I am currently running an E6600 @ 3.6GHz, with a BIOS Vcore of 1.45V, as suspected, CPU-Z and other readouts have given 1.40V. Currently, I am running around 44C idle and 64C full load, with a 32C ambient temp, now, I'm not a professional, but it seems that these temperatures are a little high - I am using a Zalman FS-C77. I am going to be building a new rig within the next couple of months, so I don't want to stress over it too much!

My main questions were:
I've been hearing about a Vmod? I'm not sure if people are referring to a program or if it is a hardware hack.

I also wanted to know about overclocking the RAM. Right now, I have 2GB of Corsair XMS2 @ 800MHz. my formulae is:
RAM = 800MHz DDR2 /2 = 400MHz active
CPU = 400MHz FSB x9 = 3,600~ / 1:1 CPU:RAM ratio
RAM + NB/SB = Stock

Since I have only overclocked my CPU, I was wondering about my NB/SB and RAM frequency, currently, everything else is running at stock. I've been hearing that you're suppose to OC your RAM and chipsets according to your CPU OC and Vcore, but I've only clocked my CPU to be at a 1:1 ratio to my stock clocked RAM. I'm not sure what exactly I should do with anything else.
My Motherboard is an ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi/AP.

I'm sort of just getting into overclocking, so any insight would be appreciated.
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your chip is runing to hot... maxs temps for e6600's are 61c. some people dont overclock there ram because it wont run that the speeds needed. and some people do to get more bandwidth form the ere ram
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Lets see if I can help here...

1. Hi and welcome to OCN, please fill in your system specifications HERE! so that we can better assist you in the future.

2. Your 1.45 < 1.40 is called VDroop, and is more common in certain manufacturers boards *Cough* Gigabyte *Cough*. As long as your not above 1.55v which is the maximum voltage for a Q6600 G0, your fine.

3. Refer to #2, a "Vmod" is a Voltage Modification which refers to either using a electrical pencil or solder "Hard Mod" to getting rid of "VDroop". Which you do have in your board, but isn't even close enough for you to need to do so on your MOBO.

4. Your configurations for RAM look adequate for now, However if you lose stability or get BSOD's later on, you will possibly have to look at a voltage increase/loose timings for it.
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I've never even heard of that Heatsink. Get a Zalman 9700 for that CPU!
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Yeah, technically, it should be better than the CNPS9700, but like I said, I'm not too worried about it... Although, I did want to ask about the estimated temperature drop when it comes lapping. The kits are about $15 bucks, so I could easily accomplish this.

I purchased my heatsink from performance-pcs.com, which I have used for a lot of my parts.

*Laugh* Now that you mention it, I've been running this config for about six months now, and throughout that period, the only problems I have encountered are a couple of BSODs, which always state there has been a "Windows Kernal fault" etc. I was looking into it, and it seems to be a windows error, seeing how it happened with my previous RAM. My old config was 2GB of 667MHz DDR2, which was actively around 333MHz, so I clocked my CPU to 333x9 = 2997, on that config, I kept the Vcore at stock speed.

Forgot to ask, what Vcore is my CPU actually running at? the 1.45V in BIOS or the 1.40V stated in monitoring software?

Again, everything worked perfectly except for a few BSODs referring to kernal faults. I was wondering if anyone would know about these, and what the solution would be. Avacado did mention OCing my RAM, but I am not sure if the two problems are related or not.

Also, when I said a few BSODs, I meant like less than once a month... Since I started this config, I have only gotten about 4 BSODs referring to the same kernal fault issue.

Thanks for the current help and any future help given!
Edited by FattSlice - 5/18/08 at 3:12pm
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