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Overclocking QX9770- Advice needed!

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I am a newbie overclocker and I was hoping to get a bit of a starting point based on my specs before I get caught up in whats seems to be quite an in depth process. I do not do any gaming, only 3D graphic/CAD work and rendering on my machine, so stability and accuracy are key issues. If someone has a similar set up and could share some settings for stable operation that would be great too. I have the following system shipping out to meyet to be built)

Case:

Antec p180 case

PSU:

Ultra x3 1000x PSU

MOBO:

XFX nforce 790i Nvidia based chipset

Cooling:

Thermatake Bigwater 790i

Memory:

4G OCZ DDR3

Processor:

Interl Core 2 Extreme QX9770

Graphics Card:

Nvidia Quadro FX4500
post #2 of 5
Nice PC you have there, especially for your needs. Just a few issues. Return the crappy LCS and buy a TRUE or a custom WC kit. Secondly, there was no point of buying the QX9770 since the difference is very minimal between other 45nm Quad cores. As for settings, just disable the spectrums, C1E, and speedstep. Next, raise your vcore to about 1.35v and your freq. to 400 (with a 10x multi). Set the nb voltage to 1.5 and raise the sb voltage by 1-2 notches. Max out the GTL references. Unlink the ram.
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Thanks for your reply! I had originally bought the 2.66 quad but I was worried that it wouldn't be that different than my AMD 2.4 ghz. Should I return th QX? The extreme was more than three times as much as the Q9450. I read that someone had OC'd the QX to 4.7 so that seemed promising. I don't have money to throw around if it doesn't deliver results. It was an impulse purchase after staying up all night rendering for a deadline. (My bank is hurting right now!) As for the LCD, what is the difference between the TRUE and the Thermatake?
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Thermaltake make crap watercooling

A TRUE stands for ThermalRightUltraExtreme

A very good air cooler, that beats the silly bigwater [which is 100% naff]

You will not get 4.7GHz unles you have a custom built watercooling setup

You'll get about 3.6Ghz~ on your bigwater
    
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hmm, if you can get 3.6 with a 9770, y not go with a 9550:

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...rclocking.html

they got to 3.6 with a 1.3vcore and 32C temp while benching. that looks quite good to me IMO
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