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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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Originally Posted by millenclutch View Post
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?
Not really (in my experience). Use CoreTemp. I would run the memory at 896MHz with 4-4-4-12 1T timings. You should be able to do this with ~2v

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I say use CoreTemp. I have tried them all and its the only one I trust. I don't even like to see my Q6600 B3 go above 60C. I would suggest getting a Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme (or my personal favorite, the IFX-14). Also, use some IC Diamond thermal paste. Spread it thin with a razor blade on the processor. Maybe even lap the processor and/or the heat sink if you are up to it.
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