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Your cpu voltage fluctuates due to vdroop. You can do a quick google search to see what its function is.

The first step for your overclock is to find the maximum FSB your motherboard will handle. Lower your CPU and RAM multipliers and increase your FSB incrementally. I would shoot for a target of 400-425MHz. CPU-Z will report your FSB speed as 4 times the BIOS value since it's quad-pumped. Make sure your CPU and RAM frequencies are near their stock values so they don't interfere with your stability testing. The voltage you'll need to compensate for a higher FSB is the Northbridge voltage. Increase it in small steps every time Prime95 or IntelBurnTest crashes.

Once you've reached your FSB goal, bump up the CPU multiplier and test again with IBT. Use CPU vcore to compensate for instability. Test IBT for around 20 minutes at a time before moving on.

Once your target CPU speed is fully tested, bump up the RAM multiplier/ratio and use Prime95 Blend for testing. Increase DRAM voltage as needed.

And make sure you keep an eye on all your temperatures while testing. Use HWMonitor to monitor your NB temp (usually labeled AUXTIN).
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Thanks man! Some good news on my end.. I put the CPU voltage to 1.2875 in the bios (instead of auto) and have it running at 3.1ghz right now with Prime95 and only hitting ~56. I'm gonna keep bumping up the speed in until it becomes unstable and then back off. My memory is still unlinked I don't know if I should attempt to overclock the memory but I'll do things one step at a time for now...
post #13 of 18
Its been 18 months since I did an overclock on my q6600..... I will go digging for the settings I used to let you know but you sound on track. I would just try and find a little more info to double check but just don't worry too much about your temps until you get to 80C. I would just get the new fan and remount and see what happens after you get your settings back to 3.0ghz. Then if your stable I would do the fine tuning.

edit.

Glad to hear!! I know I couldn't leave my q6600 on auto for vcore or it overvolted so I'm glad its working out for you!

Now aim for 3.6ghz!
    
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Whats a good OC goal for these CPUs??
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Google is your friend

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dual-quad,1720.html

They were able to reach 3.3 GHz. Brings me memories of my beloved E6750.
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I reached 3.6ghz on mine but I stayed at 3.3ghz because of temps and I really just didn't care too much. When I started OCing I switched to my i5 750 quickly after so I didn't get the full enjoyment out of my q6600.
    
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Ok I'm having a really weird situation here.. At 3.1ghz it runs fine and I can always seem to lower the voltage (I'm at 1.23750 now). But I cannot get it to boot into windows at 3.2ghz (I've tried up to 1.35v).
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What's your RAM multiple at? Make sure it's 1:1.
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