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I just got my computer built yesterday and want to start overclocking. I asked the guys in chat for some help but they are preoccupied. Anyways, I have read the Intel Overclocking Guide but feel a little unsure of myself. The VID on my Q6700 is 1.2500v Thanks!
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Start off slow. Bump up the fsb, 5 or 10 at a time. After you bump the fsb, save and exit bios. Run prime95 for 10 minutes, if you don't get any errors, go back into bios, and repeat the original steps. Once you do get errors in prime, bump up the vcore a notch or 2 and run the same steps again. This is what is referred to as "baby steps". Its the best way to learn how to o/c. Let us know if you need anymore help.
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Ok so I should dl prime95 first. Any other programs?
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Yes, coretemp, and cpuz. You will find these programs in the downloading section. Mega has done an exceptional job on that thread.
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ok dumb question: Where in the BIOS do I increase the fsb?
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post #6 of 13
You need to go to advanced menu and set the AI tuning to manual; then you will see the FSB option, increase it slowly and check those temperatures.
post #7 of 13
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When I load Prime95, which "torture test" should I run?
And at what temp should I stop OCing?
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post #8 of 13
Run the small fft test. I'm not absolutely sure on your Q6700, what the thermal limit is. It's 71c with the Q6600 GO's. Once you have o/c'ed as high as you want, you will need to run prime for at least 8 hours for complete stability.
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post #9 of 13
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In my BIOS, my cpu voltage is set to [auto]. How do i see what my voltage is set to?
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post #10 of 13
use cpu-z to tell vcore under load in windows.
    
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