Ok, I found this post as I was looking for some info on how to OC my Q6600 but unfortunately I don't know what the end of this story was as skycbc5405 didn't come back to tell the forum!
Anyways, I'll try to be quick and maybe one of you experts might be able to help me
So far I've been playing games such as Bad Company 2, Crysis, WOW, COD - World at War, on maximum detail without low frame rate issues. Now, for the 1st time I had to run a game on medium graphics to keep my frames at 25-30 struggling sometimes down to 18 (Rift: Planes of Telara).That made me think that I am reaching a point where I should either spend a descent amount of money and get a brand new system or spend minimum and upgrade...
Motherboard: Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz (stock cooling)
RAM: Corsair DDR3 1333 4GB (2x 2GB dual channel)
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT DDR3 (Zalman)
Power Supply: Glacial Power 750W
HDD: Samsung 500 GB SATA 300
My plan: spend 1/3 of the investment of a brand new computer that I've been considering to put together ($2000), and buy the following upgrades:
Two AMD Radeon 6850 (crossfire) - ($200 ea)
Corsair Hydro Series H70 (for OC cooling) - ($160)
Corsair Performance 3 SSD HD 64Gb - ($190)
Now lets go to some facts:
I am not a frame rate benchmark maniac. I love playing my games with high quality and descent frame rate (min 35).
Rift will be the game I'll play most of my free time (not a lot), so I am not too worried about other games that may be heavier in graphics.
I am aware that the Z68 is coming possibly in May. I am not willing to be Intel's laboratory rat and have headackes trying the new technology without some sort of backing that it will be reliable. With that being said I am looking at another two years with my existing computer until I finally get my brand new system.
Now my questions:
1- What is your opinion regarding my plan? (any opinion is welcome!)
2- If I manage to OC my CPU @ 3.0GHz or higher, could it still become a bottle neck?