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Ok, I'm new and I'm probably the dumbest guy in here, which is ok, because I've never been afraid to ask for help. I'm really intrigued and interested in OC'ing my Q6600, since it's old as dirt and I don't want to buy a new one yet.
I have never OC'd anything on my rig and I play games at the highest video setting with no probs. I just want more life outta my 6600.
First of all, I've been reading all the posts and educating myself, but I'm still in the dark about where I need to start.
Specs should show on my profile, but in case they don't:

CPU: Intel Q6600 Kentsfield, 2.4GHz, Go stepping, 65nm
RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR2, 4GB, 400 MHz, 5,5,5, 18, 2T
MOBO: EVGA 750i SLI
Aftermarket heat sink for CPU

I get confused with all the settings for voltages on both the FSB and RAM, and I just want a little more power from this q6600...I don't need to go past 3.6, and hell, I'd even just like 3.2 or 3.4.
When I read that I have to start adjusting the FSB to 1333 I'm already confused because I don't even know where to choose that or what that 1333 number is??? I know what it means to use small increments; run a stability test, then up it more, and over and over again, until I get what I need...but just starting this whole process is going over my head...
Which multiplier do I use? I'm confused with this as well.
I've read everything and it's just not connecting with me, as I'm very HANDS ON and usually need a video of my exact BIOS and configuration, with step by step.

Any help would rock and I'm sorry if this just seems totally idiotic.
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post #2 of 12
you have g0 stepping best stepping there is, higher overclocks possible with low vcore [:

try this. http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...sic-guide.html
Edited by dumb321 - 2/2/11 at 8:09pm
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have a look here (750i + Q6600 Overclocking):

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...ing-guide.html

and



Edited by wiggy2k7 - 2/2/11 at 8:17pm
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Q6600s are GREAT processors. I had one for years, and loved it. The most important thing to know is that you need to get a QUALITY aftermarket HS for your processor. If you want to keep it inexpensive, go grab a Hyper 212+. You can get one for under $30 and they are excellent. I had a 212+ running my Q6600 at 3.6 with some really great temps. Another thing you can do with that budget HS is get another 120mm fan - So you have 2 total cooling off of your HS. If you have the extra cash, try out a corsair H50. It is simple to set up, and works great. I believe those retail for $50-60.

Another thing to think about is getting a new GPU. That card is definitely bottlenecking your system. You can pick up GTX 460 for under $200, and they are great cards (I love mine). An overclocked Q6600 is great at 3.6, but will you notice a big difference in gameplay without a more competent GPU - Probably not.
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Ive got my q6600 in the same board as you give or take, its at 3.6 im still testing it for stability but so far it seems ok. getting over 3.5 stable on the 780i for me was a masive challenge, almost every voltage needs to be pushed up. I will photo all the important pages in the bois for you.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...tage-780i.html < 1st post has the bois pics now
Edited by andrewmchugh - 2/3/11 at 12:21am
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Ok, thank you all SO much! Let me try some of these things and see what I get and I'll repost more questions.

Didn't know my GPU could be bottlenecking my system. Bday coming up, so maybe I'll ask for a new gtx 460??? I know that I'm going to play Crysis 2 at high levels and I know they're going to run DX11 and my card won't do that.

Ok, I go to the advice now!
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ok, just watched that youtube vid and it was great. Question I have is this: I have a very similar set up to this guy, even RAM. In the beginning part of the BIOS stuff, he disables Spread Spectrum...should I do this and then keep it off after I over clock?? Not sure what it is.

Pretty much, I think I should do 3.6 OC, so my FSB should be at 1600 and my RAM should be at 1066 cause that's what it is, correct?
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Another question: Do I physically change my FSB/DRAM ratio or is that automatic???
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post #9 of 12
Spread spectrum disabled is better as it can introduce instability when OC'ed... You will have to modify your ram ratio to keep it under its rated 1066 unless it's already running unlinked.
Edited by somedudecro - 2/3/11 at 7:46am
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post #10 of 12
on my 750i i kept my ram at 800mhz with 4.4.4.12 timings with 1:1 fsb ratio @ 3.6ghz its in my sig "q6600 @3.6ghz" bear in mind not all cpu's are the same my q6600 go was probably one of the best cpu's i ever had it had a vid of 1.1500 and @3.6ghz stable was using 1.38v...

not all cpus can even get to 3.6ghz stable i would try for 3.2ghz using an fsb of 1421 with a 9x multi you might be lucky and be able to do this at 1.325v using stock settings on your ram make sure there unlinked in bios you will learn as you go along but its all fun learning new things
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