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Please help me out here i wanna take my 2.53 ghz xeon to a 2.8 or 2.9 ghz can someone tell me the safest way to go about overclocking it if you wanna know my pc specs look below this
    
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The best way to overclock is through the BIOS.
Go into your BIOS and look for advanced settings,
once there take a picture of the screen or list the items here.
To overclock you raise the CPU multiplier and the FSB.
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this is for a different processor, but the principal is the same

this is a very basic explanation of overclocking

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 (it may say cpu clock)
so 266 x 9 = 2394mhz or 2.4GHz

unlink your ram, so it stays at stock speeds, you can overclock the ram later

can you raise the fsb?

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. for now, and then at final speed you want, run for 50 passes,
(this is debateable, but a stable overclock is usually classed as 50 runs of IBT, but its personal preference)

keep an eye on temps (do not let it go over 80.c) or in realtemp, notice the distance to tjmax, never let it go less than 20
this may be different for your cpu

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.


your stock speed is 2.53, what is your multiplier?
sorry but i am not familiar with this family of cpu's
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