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Here's what I'm 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 just did my first overclock from 2.4ghz to 3.0ghz. However, my motherboard has this M.I.T. (MB Intelligent Tweaker) CMOS thing that has all these settings and its sole purpose seems to be letting you overclock your mb/cpu. Is there anyone who is familar with this motherboard and that M.I.T. feature? I would like to try to get OC'd to around 3.25ghz (or maybe higher with the components I have), but I'm a little unsure with all those settings, and I'm a noob. Not really sure what I need to mess with as far as ram settings or if I need to adjust voltage. That M.I.T. menu also has MB Performance settings with like Standard, Turbo, and Extreme. Not really sure what those do, or what they should be set at if I manually change the settings (or if I even need to with those performance options). If no one is really familiar with this MB, I could try and write down the settings and post them here if it will help. Thanks!
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The link you posted for your mobo seems to be inoperable...at least for me. It takes me to the newegg page with an error.

Please fill in your system specs under the user profile so we may all see exactly what you have to work with.
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When overclocking, set the memory performance mode to 'standard'. I have the same board as you but a slightly higher end. one thing that you want to do is set all of the voltages manually. ESPECIALLY THE RAM. if i put my ram on auto voltages, it puts them at 1.9 and they are rated for 1.8 at stock speeds.

PAY ATTENTION to TEMPS. your cooler isn't the best one so monitor the temps and don't let them go past 68-71 C.
A good program to monitor those temps is CORETEMP.
http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

And by temps i mean Load temps. 100%load on all four cores. to stress the cpu, use Prime 95 or Orthos.
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=103


IN your bios where it says ADVANCED BIOS OPTIONS, DISABLE C1e/speedstep. this will prevent your cpu from bogging down to 6 multi when not under stress.

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When overclocking, set the memory performance mode to 'standard'. I have the same board as you but a slightly higher end. one thing that you want to do is set all of the voltages manually. ESPECIALLY THE RAM. if i put my ram on auto voltages, it puts them at 1.9 and they are rated for 1.8 at stock speeds.

PAY ATTENTION to TEMPS. your cooler isn't the best one so monitor the temps and don't let them go past 68-71 C.
A good program to monitor those temps is CORETEMP.
http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

And by temps i mean Load temps. 100%load on all four cores. to stress the cpu, use Prime 95 or Orthos.
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=103


IN your bios where it says ADVANCED BIOS OPTIONS, DISABLE C1e/speedstep. this will prevent your cpu from bogging down to 6 multi when not under stress.

any other questions, just post
Thanks for the input.

How do I know what voltages to set for each component? And what would example settings be to oc to 3.25 ghz?
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Thanks for the input.

How do I know what voltages to set for each component? And what would example settings be to oc to 3.25 ghz?
WHere is says auto next to them, it should also say the "normal" temps. set your target value to those voltages.

it isn't a crucial part but adds a little bit more stability.

EDIT: you can leave some things on auto such as the Skew and the more advanced settings. Just change the stuff you know. The North Bridge (aka MCH) the south Bridge (aka ICH) termination, so on so forth.
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WHere is says auto next to them, it should also say the "normal" temps. set your target value to those voltages.

it isn't a crucial part but adds a little bit more stability.

EDIT: you can leave some things on auto such as the Skew and the more advanced settings. Just change the stuff you know. The North Bridge (aka MCH) the south Bridge (aka ICH) termination, so on so forth.
So would I need to up the voltages or change the ram speed settings to reach 3.2ghz? I decided on 3.2 instead of 3.25 because I see you are at 3.2 and you seem to know a heck of a lot more about this than I do
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try running on a 1:1 divider on the ram. This should be available in the section about the RAM. It won't say 1:1, it will say 2.0. that way, your ram won't interfere with your overclock.

for 3.2, just slowly increase the vcore and stress test with prime. run the small fft test and if anything fails, increase vcore. do not go past 1.4 on the vcore. to consider a system stable, a computer generally has to pass that test with more than 4 hours.

PLEASE ALSO CONSULT SOMEONE ELSE AS MY RESULTS CANNOT BE REPLICATED TO YOUR CHIP>

I don't want you to do something that i told you and wind up with bad results. lol
    
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try running on a 1:1 divider on the ram. This should be available in the section about the RAM. It won't say 1:1, it will say 2.0. that way, your ram won't interfere with your overclock.

for 3.2, just slowly increase the vcore and stress test with prime. run the small fft test and if anything fails, increase vcore. do not go past 1.4 on the vcore. to consider a system stable, a computer generally has to pass that test with more than 4 hours.

PLEASE ALSO CONSULT SOMEONE ELSE AS MY RESULTS CANNOT BE REPLICATED TO YOUR CHIP>

I don't want you to do something that i told you and wind up with bad results. lol
Hehe, no I know that everyone results aren't the same, and its just what my machine can handle. So would I just go ahead and set the FSB to 3.2 and then start upping the voltage leaving the FSB at 3.2 the whole time through testing the vcore? And once I get the cpu where I want it and stable, do I just leave the ram at 2.0 (1:1) ratio?
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Hehe, no I know that everyone results aren't the same, and its just what my machine can handle. So would I just go ahead and set the FSB to 3.2 and then start upping the voltage leaving the FSB at 3.2 the whole time through testing the vcore? And once I get the cpu where I want it and stable, do I just leave the ram at 2.0 (1:1) ratio?
if you're at 3 now, then ya, just bump it up to 3.2 and bump the vcore up like 3 notches. then test.
    
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I'm running coretemp now, and just idling as I dload stuff on the desktop Cores 1-4 are ~ 46, 43, 40, 42 degrees celsius respectively. Is that ok, or high? Load percentages aren't really going over 10%. Also in cpuz is has my cpu listed @ 1.392v. Is that high? I see you have yours at 1.22v and I really have no idea as far as whats normal.


Also, I got prime95 and this thing is confusing the hell out of me with all the settings. How do you run the small fit test you mentioned, and how do you set it up to run the standard test that it must pass for 4 hrs or more?
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