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Well I decided on grabbing a new PC because the one I have isnt going to last me as long as I wanted it to. So I was looking at the new Core 2 Duos and I had my eye on the E6600. Saw that the models higher than it just had an increased clock speed so I thought "I could just learn how to overclock it and save money." Im very new to overclocking and Ive only done it to my video cards with some programs and looking at a few tutorials. I wanted to know a good motherboard that would let me easily overclock a E6600 to around 3.0Ghz without any problems. I can look around a bit more on the forums on how to overclock but Im not sure what motherboard to grab that would be more user friendly to a newbie like myself and one that would be very reliable. So far, in the intel mobo section, Ive seen a lot of ASUS boards in threads so I was wondering if they are good for overclocking and what one I should pick to get a good, stable overclock out of my new processor.
 

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Assuming C2D,<br><br>
Yes Asus is good, but there is a quirk: with some Overclocks the system will power on, shut down, then start-up. It is not damaging to the system, just annoying. It has do with a fail-safe and the Northbridge FSB (I think).<br><br>
The Asus P5B Deluxe is nice, unless you want SLI... think it can be hacked<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"><br><br><a href="http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=307&model=1179&modelmenu=1" target="_blank">http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1...79&modelmenu=1</a><br><br>
This Gigabyte has a solid reputation:<br><br><a href="http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/ga965p_dq6/" target="_blank">http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...ws/ga965p_dq6/</a><br><br>
Whatever MoBo you get, make sure that it is "Core 2 Duo ready", NOT "Core 2 Duo Compatible". The latter seems to end up being a major headache, fortunately I do not know this from first-hand experience, only other posts.<br><br>
Good Luck ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 
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This Asus P5B Deluxe board is great for OCing, you can definitely get up to 3GHz with this board and an E6600. Also has alot of other features like built in WiFi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131028</a><br><br>
(edit) Syrillian beat me to the Asus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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That is what I use 24/7.<br><br>
Now, there are some features that will allow your CPU to run with a x6 multi but that's just for saving power and it will run at full speed once the "task" requires it.<br><br>
So for now when I'm at web-browsing, it runs at: <a href="http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=124472" target="_blank">2.00ghz</a><br>
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When system is handling some heavy task, it runs at: <a href="http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=124473" target="_blank">3.00ghz</a><br><br>
I could go higher than that but that's when more voltage is needed and right now the CPU is at 1.38v and that's where I'm keeping it at, even at 3.0ghz this thing flies.<br><br>
Plus! If you get an ASUS board, just remember that some have some "sort of" issue where the boards boot-shuts off (for 2 seconds)-reboots.......Windows, for the P5B Dlx that is and for the P5W-DH Dlx is something like that but I'm not sure, all I know is that's normal.
 

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thats awesome! It would probably take me a while to figure out how to set up frequencies to alternate like that but thats pretty damn slick.
 
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