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hey guys so up until recently ive always been a forum guest and a laptop boob but when my mate was selling a q6600/8500gt/2gb cl5/19" lcd/keyboard/mouse for £70 i had to buy it since then ive switched it up to a haf x (this was longer to do than expected but booted first time ) got a corsair hx850v2 (for upgrades and cos the generic 300w psu sucked eggs) headset/wifi card.

Anyways OCing has always looked like a kick and it is very addictive i spend alot of time in bios now haha. bearing in mind stock cooler i have my q6600@ 3Ghz (333x9) 1.4v (bios. cpu-z reads 1.36 (idle) and under stress drops to 1.32 :s ) idles around 40c and max ive reached was under 1hr occt 71c is this any good also my mobo is a gigabyte EP35C-DSR3 what kind of wall am i expecting to hit with it when i go water cooling? (again future proofing for bulldozer ) its also G0 stepping if that makes a diff?

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Well personally I would opt to go with air cooling since even the newer chips run cooler than our q6600 even when OC'D. Of course this is from my personal experience of seeing a friend have multiple issues setting up a water cooled case which I helped him fix.

To start off, don't even think of going H50 (a lot of air coolers even beat it out just like my hyper 212+), if you are you need to go to at least an H70 if you want a one and done installation. Of course there are better water cooling solutions from EK and coolance, etc. that you can look at.

Secondly, if you are OCing you really need to change coolers be it an air or a water type cpu cooler. Take my 212+ for example, OC'd to 3.6Ghz @ 1.40v it runs idle at 30-30-33-33 (*C) and loads up at 51-51-54-54 (*C) during gaming. It is prime95 stable with max temps at 59-59-63-63 (*C). Take note this is at an ambient of 27~28*C, so I think that's pretty decent. Obviously once I start running my A/C in my room it gets an average drop of 5~6*C.

On air I've seen people hit 3.6~3.8Ghz tops but in a cold climate unlike where I come from (tropical country with high humidity). I stay at 3.6Ghz which is defiitely not something to sneeze at as well. So in terms of walls the GO edition has been known to OC to 3.2~3.6 on average (depending on the chip and mobo of course). As for water cooling you should get roughly the same as air cooling with some rigs reaching 3.6~3.8Ghz (with the 4.0 Ghz variety on the rare side).

Of course this is also a little bit dependent with the VID of your chip; debatable I know, but at least we know that the higher the VID the more volts you need to run the chip thus creating more heat which is what actually limits all chips.

For a stock cooler 40*C is not bad at all, the same with a 71*C running OCCT. I still wouldn't want to run that chip like that though. 1.4v is a tad too high for me running at 3.0Ghz and I suspect it has to do with your cooler as well as the vid of your chip. I know that your P35 is a good OCer, check out a review from before:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mai...r_6.html#sect0

So I really think you need to change your CPU cooling solution and you should get better OC numbers. Lastly, we really need to find out the VID of your q6600. If you could get core temp and run it so we can have a look at your system that would really get you on your way!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 3/19/11 at 11:34pm
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hi suggy and welcome to the forum
as mark_thaddeus said please get a proper cooler. you could get to around 3.4-3.6ghz
the best budget one is a hyper 212 £15 on play.com http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/117187...5|prd:11718775

as for 71.c. that is ok for stress testing, but not for everyday running.
as it happened in OCCT then its fine, but i would not go higher with your overclock until you have something better.

before when i was on a stock cooler, the highest i could get was 3.0ghz and my max temps in intel burn test was 74.c
so i bought a used cooler (in sig) and noe at 3.3ghz my max temp is 72.C
but with an even better cooler i could probably go higher
also in everyday gaming, the highest i see is 55.c

also this site has a for sale section, so if you lucky you might see a british seller with a good used cooler. if you want to go used

edit.
my B3 Q6600 is at 3.3ghz with 1.39vcore
you have yours at 1.4v and its a G0 revision, personally i think you can reduce your vcore to nearly stock as most G0s will get to 3.0ghz on stock voltage or with just raising vcore a couple of notches, as more vcore = more heat
you have a very good mobo, so the only thing holding you back is a cooler :-)
Edited by j.col - 3/20/11 at 6:03am
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thanks for the reply guys and yeh im definatly not pushing it any further untill i get an aftermarket cooler, also the VID on my chip is 1.325 (which seems high to me :/ ?) i think im gonna see what i can hit on stock today boredom is a killer after all xD

ps whats a decent image uploader i can use this site for future reference thanks.

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i use imageshack, copy and paste the link, then you click on the insert image link at the top of this box (box with mountain shape in it, when writing a reply) and paste it in there.

if you return cpu to stock speeds, what is your vid then?
all chips are different, the lower vid q6600 go for a litte more, as they overclock more, and then there are the older and hotter B3 ones, like mine, but i am happy enough at 3.3GHz

but most G0 q6600 will do 333 x 9 (3.0Ghz) at stock volts
or just try 1.35v
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