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Hi,

Im quite new to overclocking and would love some experianced help!

I have a ASUS Strikes II Formula motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz CPU (i use the CPU-fan boxed with the CPU ). 8 Gb Dominator PC8500 (it was cheap... so i got alot!)

My questions:

1. How much is it "safe" to overclock the CPU? I have seen some go up to 3Ghz with the Q6600 using only fan-cooling, is that a "recommended" speed?

2. If i would like to overclock to that speed (or a speed u suggest), how should i start? What FSB should i set etc etc...

3. Will i need to upgrade the CPU-fan? In that case what can u recommend, (price don't really matter that much)?

4. To overclock the RAM, i only need to increase the voltage? How do i know when to stop!

Thanks
/The swede
post #2 of 5
first buy a new HSF. You can get a TRUE for about 60 bucks.
2nd read read read. you have to OC by trial and error, Nobody can just tell you how to do it...kinda sucks but thats the truth. start by searching for your motherboard and add overclock to it...also do the same with the Q6600. you should be able to find a ton of info on overclocking that Q6600, but your not gonna get much out of the stock HSF so an upgrade is in order.
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First you should start editing your system so people know what to work with for any other questions you may ask. "User CP" -> "Add/Edit System". After, it's recommended that you read some "How to overclock...this/that" etc. post to know some knowledge about your CPU and motherboard.

1. Overclocking isn't really safe in the first place since you risk shortening the lifespan on your CPU by how far you overclock. Usually some tend to upgrade before that happens anyway. As for recommended, you can try seeing how far you can go up before messing with the voltages.

2. Might try to start increasing FSB in small increments like 5-10. Yep, very long process of trial and error.

3. Some people say they have managed overclocking pretty decently with stock cooling but it is really recommended to get an aftermarket cooling if you want to get far into it. You may go with the budget ones like an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro to maybe a stronger one like what I heard about...OCZ Vendetta 2 to a Thermalright Ultra Extreme (TRUE) which seems to be the best from what I've heard. Might as well get a TRUE and decent 120mm case fan with it if price doesn't matter. I actually don't want to get one because of having to remove my motherboard from my case to install it.

4. RAM usually gets overclocked with your CPU if you let it by picking SYNC or a specific ratio to go along with it. However, that's also something you should read up on since it's a whole new level where things get more complicated when overclocking your CPU... voltages/timings etc.

I don't mess with overclocking to much but I hoped I helped on scratching the surface of it. Good luck.
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thx both!

Thanks for the tip!
I got the thermalright ultra 120 extreme (TRUE) and have installed it just fine

I do have trouble with the OC of board:
I start with increasing the FSB from the 1066 Mhz that it starts by to 1080 Mhz -> 1110 and so on. But the system gets unstable directly and restarts when i get asked if i want to start windows in safemode etc. So it gets past the POST (i think?).

I tried to increase the CPU V in bios, at the different FSB speeds. I have tried everything from 1.2 to 1.42 but it reboots still. Sometimes when it reboots the FSB settings returns to auto-settings on FSB etc. Seems almost like the bios resets itself, but not fully since some settings like date etc still remains intact.

Is there a setting that i should change or what?
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Correct me if I'm wrong but that's also a 780i motherboard right? Anyway I think you should check this place out for help since I'm not sure what could be your overclocking problem so far. Good luck.

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