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This guy's first build and overclock!

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Alright, I finally got off of my my but and bought the parts to my system. I am a noob so any tips or advice would be great (do have a decent understanding of how everything works, however).

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.61 (highest temp running P95 is around 66C)
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
OCZ Gold 4x2GB DDR2 800 @ 850 5-5-5-15
Antec Signature SG850 Power Supply
Zalman CNPS9500 w/ Arctic Silver 5
XFX GeForce GTX285
WD 300GB VelociRaptor
2x WD 1TB Caviar Black
Creative X-Fi Titanium
Coolermaster HAF
Windows Vista 64bit

I was surprised at how easily everything went together. Putting the CPU fan on was the worst part, I thought I was going to break it for sure. Pushed the power button and tadda, everything was good to go on the first try. I was hoping to get some suggestions on my overclocking and get input as to how high I'll be able to take it based on what I have so far. I was hoping for 3.8GHz which would put my ram at 890MHz. Which brings me to: what is the highest this ram should go?

Thanks guys.
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Those temps for Prime95 are not very good. I recomend lapping at least the processor.

In full load, when the temperature are high, I would recommend to keep it under 70C to be on the safe side. When prime95 is running (using the whole processor and ram), 66C is not that much with a overclock. Otherwise, if you have 66C as a processor's temperature without any overclocking, I would be worried. I bet that you will get your ram easily over 850MHz, probably more voltages just needed to get there.
 

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The vcore is stock still. Haven't touched that at all. Also I'm using Speedfan to monitory the temps. Is this an accurate app?
I wouldn't trust that program at all, I mean, it's good for controlling fans. Try coretemp, should be very good.
 

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Both. Its just wrong.
Speedfan usually doesn't show right temperatures for all processors, it's kind of personal. I use realtemp for 45nm and coretemp should work fine for others. I can't say for sure, but I think speedfan is showing your temperatures as higher than they are.
 
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