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I'm pretty new to overclocking, but I have been doing some research so I'm starting to get a good understanding of the fundamentals. I've just ordered some new components that should arrive this week, and I'm hoping that some of the experts here (maybe with the same or similar rigs can help me out with how exactly is the best way to overclock my machine and get the results I'm looking for. Lets start with what I'll be running:

CPU: Intel C2Q Q6600 2.4ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128345

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817170017

Cooling: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134

GPU: BFG 8800 gtx

Ram: CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145098

I'm planning on installing all this into my old HP m7747c case (hope it all fits ).

Basically I want to achieve 3.0ghz, and I've read I should be able to set the FSB multiplier at 9 x 333 pretty easily. I just don't actually have the machine right now to go into the BIOS, and I'm not real sure about how to lock out the PCI and set up the ram the right way. Also not to sure about what all applications I need for testing and what not.

Can someone break this down for me on like a 5 year old comprehension level? Thanks.
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For 9x333, you shouldn't have to touch the ram because they'll be at stock speeds.
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For 9x333, you shouldn't have to touch the ram because they'll be at stock speeds.
Does that mean I could safely go higher? And what BIOS settings do I need to make sure I'm concerned with to avoid disaster?
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Does that mean I could safely go higher? And what BIOS settings do I need to make sure I'm concerned with to avoid disaster?
There's really no way you can hurt you components in the BIOS, unless you crank you voltages through the roof which will simply generate tons of heat. As far as Frequencies and memory timings go, it either works or it doesn't. Just power off and try again.. And maybe clear your cmos.

Just keep an eye on your temperatures, and you'll be fine. Keep us posted every step of the way so we can help you out once the parts arrive.
Edited by Shift. - 12/15/08 at 8:05pm
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Does that mean I could safely go higher? And what BIOS settings do I need to make sure I'm concerned with to avoid disaster?
I think 3.0ghz will be your max because of your ram. I doubt it will be able to overclock much (if at all). Just watch your temps (they should be fine at that speed) and don't put the vcore above 1.5v (You shouldn't need it).
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A bit more money for a quality PSU might be something to consider. While it won't give you more frames (although it could help with system stability at higher clock speeds), it would be less likely to damage components.
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A bit more money for a quality PSU might be something to consider. While it won't give you more frames (although it could help with system stability at higher clock speeds), it would be less likely to damage components.
Very true. I didn't even look at that.
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Originally Posted by zoneblitz61 View Post
I'm pretty new to overclocking, but I have been doing some research so I'm starting to get a good understanding of the fundamentals. I've just ordered some new components that should arrive this week, and I'm hoping that some of the experts here (maybe with the same or similar rigs can help me out with how exactly is the best way to overclock my machine and get the results I'm looking for. Lets start with what I'll be running:

CPU: Intel C2Q Q6600 2.4ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128345

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817170017

Cooling: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134

GPU: BFG 8800 gtx

Ram: CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145098

I'm planning on installing all this into my old HP m7747c case (hope it all fits ).

Basically I want to achieve 3.0ghz, and I've read I should be able to set the FSB multiplier at 9 x 333 pretty easily. I just don't actually have the machine right now to go into the BIOS, and I'm not real sure about how to lock out the PCI and set up the ram the right way. Also not to sure about what all applications I need for testing and what not.

Can someone break this down for me on like a 5 year old comprehension level? Thanks.
Dude for a 3GHz overclock with that CPU and RAM, all you have to do is:

Go into the bios, and set your FSB to 1333 from 1066.
Make sure your ram is on unlinked or at linked in "sync" mode. Either way should be running at 667

That's it! You shouldn't have to do anything else!
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How easy would it be for me to achieve 3.265GHz, 1451MHz FSB, with the hardware I specified above?
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How easy would it be for me to achieve 3.265GHz, 1451MHz FSB, with the hardware I specified above?
If your ram can handle 725mhz, then it's possible.
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