adiamierde

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Heya guys,

I'm new to overclocking, but I think I get the general concept and would like to go ahead and start overclocking my machine.

Mobo: ASUS P5NSLI
CPU: Core2Duo E6300 @ 1.86 currently
Video Card: PNY 8600GT w/ 512 mb
RAM: DDR2 Kingston D667 512MB X4
PSU: 430 Watt

I guess my first concern is what I need:

- (Getting) Thermal paste
- (Got) Extra fans
- (Do I need?) A non-stock Intel CPU fan?
- (Do I need?) A fan to cool the RAM?
- (Do I need?) An external temperature gauge or program utility to read the temperatures of the CPU/RAM?
- (Do I need?) A bigger PSU?

This build originates from an article about a less than $800 gaming machine, the main thing being that you overclock the CPU since it's apparently "highly" overclockable. I would appreciate any drops of wisdom!!!

Thank you!




 

stridervm

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Yes, you can overclock the CPU. But not by much. It's not because of your processor, but primarily because of the motherboard.

I had a friend who tried to overclock this, the max we got was something along 2.5Ghz. It's because the motherboard has limited overclocking options, it has an FSB setting, but in exact values. (200,233,266,300,333) as well as the motherboard lacking some voltage setting.
 

dexter72209

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I am running a q6600 on this same motherboard, I used the AI Overclock option in the BIOS and bumped mine from 2.4mhz to 3.0 mhz on the stock Intel heatsink/cooler and havent had any temp problems.