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I have a Q6600 PC on the way for Christmas, but I had a question.

What exactly is overclocking? I've never done it before, and I was wondering if it was possible to overclock a Q6600 Quad Core? What are the benefits of overclocking/the risks? Do you need a program?

I know it's sad since the forums are called Overclock, but I never got around to researching what overclocking is. Thanks for the help.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking

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Overclocking your computer's components is a meticulous process of changing stock bus settings, voltage, and sometimes physical modifications of parts to achieve performance hidden within your PC. All the world-record holding enthusiast PC's are overclocked to achieve the pinnacle of performance. In order to compensate for the extreme temperatures which are produced by coaxing these parts past their stock settings, extreme cooling methods must be implemented. These include aftermarket fans, watercooling systems, and even phase-change cooling. One process that maximizes the efficiency of these cooling methods is a technique known as Lapping.

(excerpt from my Hubpages article on the benefits of lapping http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Benefits...pping-your-CPU )
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It's any process which makes a "clock"-based component go through more clocks in a given amount of time, than what it would if you hadn't touched it
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it is increasing the stock clock cycle speed of a component whether that be a CPU, GPU, RAM, or something else.
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Do you need a program: Not all so much, you can do everything best in your BIOS.

Can you overclock: Oh yea, and the q6600 is one of the most popular CPUs on this forum.

Benifits: Gets the most out of your system, makes things run faster... all that fun stuff

Cons: Could destroy your computer, overheat things, become addicted like most of us on this site (but I guess thats not a con, depending on your outlook).

You pretty much make your computer run faster by tweaking specific volatges, multipliers... all sorts of things. By doing this you make your system run at peak efficency and run generally faster.
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Originally Posted by VCheeZ View Post
Overclocking your computer's components is a meticulous process of changing stock bus settings, voltage, and sometimes physical modifications of parts to achieve performance hidden within your PC. All the world-record holding enthusiast PC's are overclocked to achieve the pinnacle of performance. In order to compensate for the extreme temperatures which are produced by coaxing these parts past their stock settings, extreme cooling methods must be implemented. These include aftermarket fans, watercooling systems, and even phase-change cooling. One process that maximizes the efficiency of these cooling methods is a technique known as Lapping.

(excerpt from my Hubpages article on the benefits of lapping )
Pretty much what he said but i wanted to add that you have yourself a very good chip for overclocking. What motherboard do you have?
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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by cbrazeau1115 View Post
Do you need a program: Not all so much, you can do everything best in your BIOS.

Can you overclock: Oh yea, and the q6600 is one of the most popular CPUs on this forum.

Benifits: Gets the most out of your system, makes things run faster... all that fun stuff

Cons: Could destroy your computer, overheat things, become addicted like most of us on this site (but I guess thats not a con, depending on your outlook).

You pretty much make your computer run faster by tweaking specific volatges, multipliers... all sorts of things. By doing this you make your system run at peak efficency and run generally faster.
So if I wanted to overclock this PC I'm getting, will it break it? I'm not experienced at all and I don't think it has a good cooling system.

How far do you think I could go?
post #9 of 27
first of all pls go here to fill in your system specs.
overclocking is the process of making componants run faster than manufacturers specs.
The benefits are more performance for little to no extra money but the risks are you componants will not last as long, with that said if you stick to the limits you will still be able to use the Q6600 10 years from now
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Overclocking is getting a CPU to higher speeds. This lets you buy a CPU with slower speed then high end and clock it more then high end so you can save money.
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