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Hey guys, I'm looking for a bit of help overclocking a Q6600. I'd like to get it around 3.0-3.2Ghz

I am using the following components:
Q6600 G0 2.4Ghz CPU
XFX 680i LT Motherboard
OCZ Vindicator HSF

On the stock settings and using Core Temp and Prime95, I my temps are ~32 at idle and ~55 load (my #2 core is always 2-3 degrees cooler), which I find a little hot to begin with.

I tried changing the FSB speed in the bios from 1066 to 1333 (unlinked) and left all other settings as they were. It booted into Windows fine and was running at 3Ghz, but temps were ~46 idle and after running Prime95 for about 5 mins they were hitting 70 so I shut it down. I read this thread

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/24...0ghz-temp-load

And the guy is only reaching 68 at 3Ghz on the stock cooler!! What's wrong with my setup? I would think my CPU with the OCZ Vindicator should run much cooler than his. Anyways I've never overclocked before and don't have a huge amount of computer knowledge so if anyone could help me out I'd really appreciate it. Like I said I would love to run it around 3.2, but I don't want to stress out my CPU or cause it to die prematurely. Thanks!!!

-Adam
Edited by norco kid - 2/3/11 at 3:17pm
post #2 of 18
Do you have push/pull on your Heat sync? What thermal paste did you use? And most importantly.. What is the stepping of your 6600? If its not a G0 then those are the temps you will have to live with... They are well within reason just so you know. Worry when you get over 80C. More fans, better TP, and better airflow management will get you where you want to be.
    
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Can you fill out Sig Rig please, it will be easier to help you out.

70 load is fine in my opinion, thats 100% at the worst case, it will never happen any other time

Are you changing the voltage, over voltage can cause unnecessary heat
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My heatsink has a 120mm fan pushing through it. I am using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste and my Q6600 is the G0 stepping. Thanks guys!
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My heatsink has a 120mm fan pushing through it. I am using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste and my Q6600 is the G0 stepping. Thanks guys!
is there clean air getting to the cpu cooler?

Do the add system rather then txt sig lulz
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Ya I'm actually running with the side panel off at the moment. I only changed the FSB in the BIOS and nothing else.
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Ya I'm actually running with the side panel off at the moment. I only changed the FSB in the BIOS and nothing else.
Did you apply the thermal paste yourself?
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yeah I would say add a fan and do push pull and reapply the paste and see if you can get a lower temp. If you have side panel fans you may want to leave the panel on. My temps on my i5 750 compy are much cooler with the side panel closed do to the side fans. Other then those check your stability and see if your cpu v can come down a bit while maintaining stability.
    
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I'll try to re-seat the heat sink. So when I overclock all I have to do is change the FSB and the CPU Core voltage correct? Also using CPU-Z I can see that the actual voltage to the CPU fluctuates, so when I set the CPU Core voltage in the BIOS is that the maximum voltage the CPU will receive? Or does it only fluctuate because I currently have it on auto? What about the other voltages (CPU FSB, Memory, nForce SPP) do I leave them on auto? Should memory be unlinked? I think because the voltage is set to auto in my BIOS it's probably higher than it has to be and is causing unnecessary heat.

Also I can't find how to add a system in my sig? When I go to my control panel it says info updated under my system info tab.
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Go to userCP at the top, then on the left you will see edit system, or add system. Dont remember which, but thats where you put the info.

I am going to buy the same CPU, waiting to see how you do until mine arrives.
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