Just Got Done Overclocking :)

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Just overclocked my Q9450 to 3.2 ghz and am stress testing it now on Prime95 w/ Core Temp. Temps are around 60 C on 100% load. I'll let that slide for now but I'm going to crank up the fan speed on my CPU hsf when this is done. They're starting to worry me since they're rising. What temps should I be warry of?

Oh, and this what I disabled/enabled to overclock:

Set FSB to 400
Set CPU voltage to 1.22500
Set NB voltage to 1.4
DRAM Static Read Control - DISABLED
C1E - DISABLED
Speed Step - DISABLED
Anything that said Spread Spectrum - DISABLED
DRAM Transaction Booster - DISABLED
Load Line Calibration - ENABLED

My only concern atm is that I do not know the speed settings for my PNY DDR2 ram (I bought these about 2 years ago when I knew nothing about PC's basically). I know my G. Skill is at 5-5-5-12, DDR2 1066, and the voltage is supposed to be at 2.0. I ran CPU-Z but I can't understand it when it comes to memory. I DID NOT manually re-enter my memory speeds/voltages. Is this a problem? Will it damper my systems performance?
 

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Sorry, for some reason I can use the "edit" feature on my own posts! Here's some info I left out:

Motherboard used: ASUS P5Q Pro
Memory: PNY (speed not known) DDR2 2 GB (2x1GB)
Memory: G. Skill DDR2 1066 2.0v 4 GB (2x2GB)
PSU: OCZ 700 Watt
 

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Would it be advised then to remove the PNY RAM and just run it on the 4GB of the DDR2 1066, and purchase another set of 2 GB with timings/specs that I know of?
 

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CPU-Z's Ram tabs should tell you this no?
 

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Ahhh I figured out how to work CPU-Z properly now. Alright, the PNY Ram is PC2-5300, and it runs at:

200 MHz: 3-3-3-9 (1.8v)
266 MHz: 4-4-4-12 (1.8v)
333 MHz: 5-5-5-15 (1.8v)

Also, this might be unrelated but it seems weird...currently, I am posting from my laptop. My desktop is hooked up to the same internet provider as my laptop, but once I overclocked it, it says (desktop) it has no connection.
 

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I replaced the PNY 5300 ram with factory 6400 RAM, though now it's only 5 GB total instead of 6. I checked with CPU-Z; all of the memory is running at it's stock speeds so I guess I don't have to tweak anything. I let Prime95 run for 2 and a half hours with no trouble, so I'm calling this overclock a "success" :)

I still am having an issue with the internet connection on my desktop however. I checked my BIOs; the port is supposed to be activated and running, but I am getting no connection. This occured AFTER I started to overclock this morning. Any thoughts/ideas?
 
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^ it happens to me... I think its b/c the pci interface can get out of sycnh with the mobo or something and it doesn't work properly then... I don't actually know but when I change pci settings back to default it fixes it
 

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Cool, thanks man, will give that a try tom. :)

Bumped it up to 425 x 8 with 1.28v and am now a half hour into Prime95 testing (3.4 ghz). I'll let it run all day.
 

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I'm sorry guys, if this forum would let me edit I would...but do you think 1.4v on the northbridge is too much here? I'm getting 69 C on 100% loads almost across the board here...would dropping the northbridge to 1.3v drop the temp?
 

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What motherboard are you using as that is pretty important. I'm running the q9450 at 3.32 Ghz stable and at 1.3425 V which is high and I'm gonna see if I can't lower it and play around with it more after finals are over. Overall I'd say your good but it is a little hot. At my current setup I run around 62C after a long prime 95 session, ambient temp in my place is pretty warm too at 31C. Definitely watch those temps if your gonna be pushing it higher.
 

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I'm just using Core Temp and Prime95 at the same time. Core Temp shows my VID @ 1.2500v. My temps have dropped a little bit, with the lowest core being around 64 C and the highest at 67 C, so I'm not too worried anymore...but I would like to see those drop to around 60 C

My motherboard is an ASUS P5Q Pro jaysins. I think I'm just going to be staying at 3.4 ghz (if this even turns out stable...still have around 7 hours to go).
 

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Bahhh Prime95 ran for 6 hours before one of the cores failed a test. Upping the voltage from 1.28v to 1.29v

Should that be enough, or should I try 1.3v?
 

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Well, I actually went back to 3.2 ghz simply because I don't feel like pushing it too much at this point. It's about 7 hours now on Prime95 and everything is passing so far. 400 fsb x 8 w/ 1.28v.

I installed Real Temp 2.6, and my temperature readings are about 10 C lower than on Core Temp. I am one happy man :)