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I have an intel dp45sg extreme mobo and a q6600 G0

should i overclock it or just buy a new cpu

i've never overclocked before i've been researching and am very curious
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Your not really going to get far with that mobo. New motherboard time! So dont even bother.

Also what PSU you got?
 
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the q6600 is a fairly good cpu for overclocking, but it is a bit dated. I would recommend just building a new sandybridge rig.
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post #4 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by budda503 View Post
I have an intel dp45sg extreme mobo and a q6600 G0

should i overclock it or just buy a new cpu

i've never overclocked before i've been researching and am very curious
If you can hit 3.6-4GHz then it should be just fine for 6-12 more months for most games and applications.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by ghost55 View Post
the q6600 is a fairly good cpu for overclocking, but it is a bit dated. I would recommend just building a new sandybridge rig.
How if that cost effective to upgrade CPU, Mobo and RAM for arguably a small improvement? If money wasn't an issue, sure, but that's a lot of dough.

Edit: Wasn't aware his board wasnt a good OC'er.
Edited by Blacklac - 3/6/11 at 3:55pm
    
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I don't know if that Intel motherboard would overclock at all...
    
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Intel motherboards are not made for OCing.

ah... bit out of topic but are you from the future cos your Graphics are....too much (evga gtx645sc). sorry did you mean gtx465sc.
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It came with desktop control center software, but i heard software not good to overclock
its an extreme board so what does that even mean?
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by ghost55 View Post
the q6600 is a fairly good cpu for overclocking, but it is a bit dated. I would recommend just building a new sandybridge rig.
if he got the ca$h (:

this cpu can even serve a gtx580 @ about 3.7ghz.. 12 more months would be granted fo sure i guess.. or even more. for your vga card it is definitely enough if you dont plan to buy another one.
Edited by smex - 3/7/11 at 4:46pm
post #10 of 17
i would give it a try, i overclocked my q6600 on a g41 mobo upto 2.9ghz.
obviously if money is not a problem then buy a newer cpu etc... but not all of us can afford the newest tech.

is there any options in the bios to raise the fsb
the stock fsb for the q6600 is 266 and the milti is 9, so 266 x 9 = 2400 or 2.4GHz

this is a very basic explanation of overclocking.
Unlink your ram first, so leave it at default speed

its basic maths. your Q6600 is rated at 1066mhz. you always divide this number by 4 so 1066/4= 266, this is your fsb.
then your processor (cpu) has a multiplier of 9
so 266 x 9 = 2400mhz or 2.4GHz

can you raise the fsb? yours is now 266. (266 x 9 = 2400mb or 2.4ghz ) try rising it to 280
boot into windows
download realtemp and coretemp (google them)
install and run them
then download intel burn test (ibt) and run it.
have a look in task manager and notice how much free ram is listed.

in ibt set threads to 4 (for 4 cores) and then click on custom ram and enter an amount just below the free amount.
eg. i have 2520mb free ram. so i enter 2500 into the custom ram.
run the test for 5 passes.
keep an eye on temps (do not let it go over 75.C)

if test runs fine, go back into bios, and change frequency (fsb) to 300 and repeat the tests.
keep doing this in 20mhz steps until windows will not boot. then just go back a step (remove 20 from the fsb) to the last stable frequency, or
just raise the cpu voltage a couple of levels. it should now boot.
its a balancing act, higher voltages will get you higher fsb, but it will also give you higher temps.

the trick is to do this step by step, and not go straight to eg. 333 (333 x 9= 3.0ghz), just take your time

get the cpu maxed before increasing the ram speed

also if going down this route, please get a proper cpu cooler.
there is a for sale section on this forum.
i bought my tuniq tower 120, used for £12 or about $15.
all i could get on my q6600 with stock cooling was 2.6ghz and it hit 70.c
now i have it at 3.3ghz and it reaches 70.c, that is a big jump, for $15
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