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Hi Guys,

Looking for some advice on my Q6600 :-) I am pretty new to overclocking but I understand how to do it and the idea behind it... I managed to overclock my Q6600 from 2.4 stock to 2.88ghz and then started having problems with booting Windows 7. I then found that when I was increasing the CPU FSB it was syncing and increasing the PCI-E FSB which was causing the machine to fail to boot. After I overcame this I can overclock to pretty much anything I want (in small jumps) and boot in to Windows 7 with good idle temps. As soon as I run Prime95 the machine will lock up and give BSOD. The most popular BSOD was irql_not_less_or_equal. I then had a couple of other BSOD. I decided to increase the volatge on my ram and keep it at 400mhz and that then changed the BSOD to an errorless one... I have a colleague at work who has a pretty similar setup to me who has managed to get his to 3.8ghz and stable. He does have nice OCZ RAM though... Which maybe makes me think my RAM is to crappy for this overclock? I will list my hardware below

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Joe

Intel Q6600 - Under Arctic Freezer Pro 7 Rev.2
AsRock G31M-GS Bios V.1.70
VData DDRII 800
Nvidia XFX 9800GTX
320GB WD SATA - Win7Pro 64-bit
500GB WD SATA - Media content
ThermalTake WingGRS 301 Case
22" LG HD Monitor
post #2 of 6
Number one... all chips are not created equal so whatever your friend has been able to do may or may not be something you will be able to do as well.

Your first limiting factor is your G31 board, they are not known to OC pretty well in fact since the G31 only has a 4 pin PSU plug it will have a hard time OCing a C2Q.

Second when OCing your q6600 (which I have) you need to run tests via prime 95 using small ftt first since this focuses on your CPU OC. If you get a BSOD it means that you need to add vcore. Once you find a stable vcore with your chosen fsb frequency, then you need to run prime95 in small ftt for a good 4 hours to confirm that it is stable.

If you plan on OCing your mems, then we'll talk about that after you OC your CPU first. One thing to note, try and set your fsb : mem ratio to 1:1 to ensure that your mems do not limit your OC.
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Mark,

Thanks a lot for your reply. I feared the G31 board was pretty lame. I bought the rig a couple of Christmas's back and that board was bundled in

I may have to buy a Asus P5 board. I've heard they are the best for overclocking C2Q? What are you reccomendations? Are there boards out there which are as good for half the price? Unfortunately I won't be able to buy it for another month as I am in the middle of moving house. Not enough money to keep spending out on this machine!!

Regards

joe
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Well if you can find a decent P5Q pro or deluxe they would be good choices. Another good option would be a P43 chipset since it's basically a pared down P45. I still have my MSI P43T-C51 which OC'd my q6600 to the same levels I'm at right now but at higher volts (prime95 stable).
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Well thanks very much for your reply. I will have a look through eBay and see what I can find. Although I did look at the Asus P5Q Delux boards a little while back and are still quite expensive second hand. May have to be put on hold for a month....

We both agree that my current board is pretty terrible... What do you think of that RAM. I have read mixed opinions about buying branded RAM. The Vdata RAM came as standard with the bundle again... Some people have said it will be fine and others have said I need to go out and buy a nice expensive brand...

Joe
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The RAM is fine so long as you don't plan on pushing your mems past 400 Mhz when you OC. If you can get some Kinston Hyper X PC6400 sticks they are well priced but perform rather well in terms of OCing specially the 4-4-4-10 latency kits they have. You'll see the difference in terms of applications and multi tasking being faster versus the generic sticks

You have to put things in perspective when buying DDR2 mems, technically even with 1066 sticks it makes a small difference in terms of performance all things being equal in terms of timings and such.
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