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Hi there,

I'm competely new to OCing and would love some advice regarding overclocking my Q6600.

What do I need to do? Do I use a program? Use the BIOS? I honestly have no idea so would love a place to start.

What is a safe OCing frequency? I was thinking of going from 2.4GHz -> 3.0GHz.

How do I go about testing my new frequency to make sure it is stable?

Looking forward to your replies, thanks in advance
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First you need to go to your User CP and fill out your system info so we can see what your working with.
    
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Oops sorry, competely new here. Have just updated.
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Go to your bios, set your cpu voltage to 1.25V, and try raising your clock to 3.0.
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1.25v may not be enough depending on the VID of the processor so it might take 1.3v to 1.35v to reach that point as well. Max voltage is 1.55v according to Intel specs I believe. Are you using an aftermarket CPU cooler?
Edited by maximus7651000 - 2/23/11 at 2:57am
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post #6 of 11
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Are you using an aftermarket CPU cooler?
I'm not too sure sorry, very new to OCing etc.

How can I find out for you?
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Go to your bios, set your cpu voltage to 1.25V, and try raising your clock to 3.0.
Thanks for your reply. Is there any danger in doing this? Is it only CPU voltage I have to change? I heard something about changing RAM timings/voltage too...
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post #8 of 11
A search would do you well; there's probably more information about overclocking the q6600 than anything else out there.
post #9 of 11
Overclocking and overvolting your chip is going to create more heat. If you are still using the stock heatsink, I wouldn't recommend going too far.
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post #10 of 11
First order, get one of these:

Hyper 212 +

My personal favorite for socket 775 if you got room in your case,

tuniq tower

There are a few cheaper alternatives as well.

As for overclocking, I will try to give you some idea.
1. Download the BIOS manual if you do not have one already to know what all the settings are.
2. Go to BIOS and save your current stock settings. Most motherboards have an option to load default or optimized settings. If yours do, then you do not need to save. If not, it is wise to save the default settings.
3. Find out all the power saving options in BIOS such as intel speed spectrum, CIE, etc. and disable them.
4. Find the RAM timing and voltage settings in BIOS and switch it to manual. Then go in there and set those to the manufacture settings. An example will be 8-8-8-2T and voltage 2.0V (assuming DDR2). Google your RAM to find the manufacture settings.
5. Go to your RAM multiplier in BIOS and put it at LINKED and SYNCED.
6. Find where you need to increase your FSB (Front Side Bus) and increase it by 50Mhz.
7. Hit F10 to save your settings, and reboot.
8. Run Intel Burn Test for 3 iterations to see if stable.
9. If stable, reboot, go into BIOS and increase FSB by 50 Mhz more. Rinse and repeat.
10. If unstable, bump Vcore by one notch. Reboot. Run IBT for 3 iterations. If still unstable, you may have to play around with HT (or Vtt), SB and NB voltage. But never increase by more than one notch at a time.
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