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Looking to OC Q9550. Which Asus P5Q to pick?

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Greetings guys,

I am building a new Q9550-based system and thinking about moderately overclocking it to, say 3.2 or 3.4GHz. I'll be using the new system primarily for software development, so stability and lifespan are paramount. I expect to be using this machine for at least 2 years. Typically moderate loads, around 16 hours a day 6 days a week; occasionally 2-3 hours at 100% load on all four cores.

I have my eye on the plain Asus P5Q but see that there is a number of other flavors available, ie Pro, Deluxe, etc. Do you think the plain P5Q will be sufficient for my moderate OC? What would you suggest?

Also, do you think a stock CPU fan will be sufficient to take it 3.2GHz? How about 3.4?

Here's the list of other components I am thinking of using in this system:

Corsair 4GB DDR2 1066 Ram (2GB x 2)
Gigabyte nVidia GeForce 9500GT w/512MB
W.D. 1TB SATAII 7200rpm HDD 32Mb buffer
Delta ServerPower 550watt power supply
CoolerMaster Elite 335 Tower Case

Thanks a lot in advance for the replies!
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UD3P, end of story
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Are you determined to get an ASUS or would you go for a equally priced motherboard that outpaces all ASUS motherboards?

The P5Q-E is a good choice if it must be ASUS. But the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P will OC much better then any board out in the market.

The ASUS P45 board will get about 480- 490 max FSB with a quad while the UD3P is getting 500-515 FSB. The chipset also runs much cooler. Robilar is running a 612 FSB with a wolfdale (limited by his ram, the board is actually pushing 671 FSB with dual cores) and the NB is running at 35°C!
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P5Q-E or P5Q Deluxe. I have the P5K-E, and it's a great overclocker so the P5Q-E should also. A Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P would be even better for OCing if you were willing to go for a non-Asus board, however. And no, the stock cooler won't be sufficient for overclocking a quad. With my q6600 overclocked to 3ghz on the stock cooler, temps were getting up to 70C. Get a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 as it will be great for overclocking your quad to those speeds.
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Would consider a different reputable mobo manufacturer (ie Gigabyte) if it's not much of a bump in terms of $$.
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Originally Posted by ocandrei View Post
Would consider a different reputable mobo manufacturer (ie Gigabyte) if it's not much of a bump in terms of $$.
The UD3P is only $136.99 ($116.99 after $20 MIR):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128358
Edited by ericeod - 12/16/08 at 11:35am
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I used to have the Elite 330 in my main rig (same interior design), honestly I didn't know much about cooling at that time, make sure you rip that duct, install a 92mm fan on the side, and mount a fan in front of the hard drive to keep the case cool.

Look for a good custom cooler, depending on your budget, to cool the CPU
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P5Q-E will get what the Q9550 has to offer. I tried mine with 475FSB and it stable. All i did is change voltage ram timing and that's it. If you want more then more then 4.2Ghz get the Gigabyte MB but most likely the Q9550 will not do more then 4Ghz especially under air and with 1.36 volts.
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+1 to the UD3P
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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post
P5Q-E will get what the Q9550 has to offer. I tried mine with 475FSB and it stable. All i did is change voltage ram timing and that's it. If you want more then more then 4.2Ghz get the Gigabyte MB but most likely the Q9550 will not do more then 4Ghz especially under air and with 1.36 volts.
The E0 9550 Yorkfields have been breaking past 4.0GHz. So if you are lucky to get a good OCing chip, the UD3P board really helps. The cooling on the board is amazing. While the ASUS chipsets can get extremely hot when OCing, the UD3P happly runs at 35°C with stock cooling. There is really no reason not to get the UD3P. It is priced perfectly, OCs higher, and runs cooler then any board I've ever seen.
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