New Computer Build (How far can i overclock this)

plus9paradox

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Hey,
I'm building a computer with these specs and I'm wondering what speeds you guys think i could reach (and yes I understand every chip is different but I'm looking for what has been reached using similar setups).
Specs:
New Parts-
Asus P5Q PRO TURBO
Intel Q9400
Xigmatek HDT-S1283
G SKill PC1066 2x2GB 5-5-5-15
Old Parts-
XFX 8600 GT
Seagate 320 GB Sata Hard Drive
500W Power Supply
IDE DVD-RW Drive

Thanks in advance for anyone who answers my question with a logical answer. :D
 

ahslan

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Well I hear those things can OC pretty nicely...i hear around 3.2ghz is average...
...as a side note, if you are going to be gaming, you are definitely going to want to replace that 8600gt....
 

ahslan

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well idk about two 4870s....that might be overkill for what you want...a single 4850 would be a HUGE upgrade from what you have now (*depending on what resolution you play at*)
 

plus9paradox

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really only 3.6ghz idk im kinda hoping i can push it to 3.8 because the xigmatek is great cooler but then again we will see (and i game at 1680x1050 so...)
 

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The 9400 isn't the best overclocking chip out there. The 9550 does really well, but does cost a bit more. Every chip is different, so if you get a good one you might hit 3.8.
 

plus9paradox

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in case anyone was wondering i got my parts and currently have it at 3.2ghz @ 1.2375 vcore but it is listed as 1.216v in cpuz LOAD Temps<60C and IDLE Temp<40C
 

plus9paradox

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Ok, I reached 3.4ghz 100% stable with load temps not exceeding 60C also he reprted core voltage is only 1.256v so its looking good for 3.6ghz
 

plus9paradox

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lol nice well im trying to get stable at 3.6ghz now i could use some help i have cpu voltage set to 1.287 in bios and my NB set to 1.3v
 

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you might want to be careful about increasing i heard it decreases your computer life significantly, but if you plan on upgrading like 1 year then go ahead