Overclocking Q6600 with ECS GF7050VT-M5

nrg500

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hi. i'm totally new to overclocking. i'm planning on overclocking my Q6600 to 3.0Ghz. my motherboard is ECS GF7050VT-M5

i can't see the settings the tutorial are mentioning. there's no option for changing the CPU Vcore but i can change the NB voltage, memory voltage, memory timings, and FSB speed. also, i can't see the option for setting the PCI Express frequency to 100 MHz. i read that i should set it to 100 to avoid it from overclcoking proportionally with FSB

can i still overclock my system?

is the CoolerMaster Hyper TX2 CPU cooler good? it's affordable and i'm planning on buying it even if i can't overclock

here is my specs

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
GeForce 9800GT 512MB DDR3
ECS GF7050VT-M5 nForce 610i
Kingston 2GB DDR2 PC6400 6-5-5-17
Samsung 250GB SATA
CoolerMaster Exteme Power Plus 460 Watts
 

flyin15sec

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ECS motherboards do not always have vcore adjustments. Your best bet is to increase your FSB until your system is unstable. Then turn down the FSB, test for stability afterwards.

I recommend picking up a more overclock friendly motherboard. Pick manufacturers:

Gigabyte, Asus, MSI, EVGA, Biostar

Then a more OC friendly chipset: X38, P35, X48, P45, 750i, 780i. Make sure you pick a motherboard that supports DDR2 and not DDR3.
 

nrg500

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thanks for the advice. which is better in terms of price-to-performance ratio? Gigabyte or Asus? how about MSI?

eVGA is not available here in the Philippines
 

flyin15sec

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You can still OC your ECS motherboard. Just increase the FSB. Test for stability as you increase. I'm pretty sure you may be able to get to around 2.8ghz, maybe a bit more.

Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, they are all even in their build quality. I would pick a motherboard, that has good reviews, has features that you want, and is afforable on your budget.
 

boy sagoy

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Had the opportunity to play test this particular board's overclocking thru the BIOS...overclocked a Celeron E1200 (dual core, stock at 1.6GHz) to 2.6Hz on stock cooling. Set the FSB to 1333MHz (board's max supported FSB) and did a few stress tests with a few games like COD4, Prince of Persia, Fallout3,etc. I must say the results were totally unexpected. Played for 6-7 hours straight with no hiccups, CPU temp was hovering around 38-48 degrees on full load while system temp at 45 degress. Can't really tell how long the board's going to last though with regards to overclocking durability, considering the fact ECS boards dont really run with the OC leaders like Gigabyte,ASUS,MSI,etc.
 

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My friend has been running my old Celeron D 310/ECS Pm800-m2 mobo combo overclocked 50% from 2.13GHz/533fsb to 3.2GHz/800fsb for the last 4 years now.
 

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I oveclocked the same E1200 to 2.8GHz on this same motherboard 100% stable. This is a funny board to OC. There is no Vcore adjustment so you just go for max you can achieve at stock volts. From what I can remember you set the FSB to 1333 from the pull down list but then you go to unlocked setting and manually type in 1400 for FSB and voila, it boots at 2.8GHz. I tried 3GHz but it was not stable considering it is stock Vcore. Need more volts for more OC.

I bumped up my NB voltage to max just to be stable and did notice that the NB heatsink gets pretty toasty. So I had an old 80mm fan laying around and, since I don't like the noise at 12V I rewired it to the 5V rail. Fan is nice and quiet and I just sat it on the back of my video card blowing straight on the NB heatsink. Works like a charm... nice and cool to the touch (almost burned me before the fan was added).

This machine is my video streaming machine in my basement and it folds 24/7 so I was thinkning if I can get a cheap Q6600 I could boost my folding production and not interfere with any video streaming or server work. Just don't know how well it will overclock a Quad core. They are a lot trickier and love the volts (which you can't set with this mobo).
 

joefriday

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^^It would probably be more stable with a 333 fsb pinmod. Also, putting a pinmod in to up the vcore isn't all too hard to do. I did the opposite for my Celeron 420 for a while, I changed the vcore from 1.3 volt to 1.0 volt to decrease power consumption and I ran the cpu at stock 1.6GHz speed. Silly me, the difference in power consumption was only a watt or two different! (...at idle, but it did cut power consumption under load by half --7 watts instead of 15-- so it did have SOME effect, just not enough to justify the slow speeds.) So, my Celeron 420 is back to running overclocked at 2.66GHz/333fsb on stock 1.3 volt, with C1E enabled so it idles at 2.0GHz (6x mulitiplier) and 1.1 volts. This is on a Biostar geforce 7050 motherboard. It has vcore adjustment to increase vcore, but not to lower it. Unfortunately, even at 1.4 volts, the CPU just can't go any faster than 2.9GHz.
 

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i overclock use this mainboard and E6550 2,3ghz->2,8 ghz
ram 800->1000
it worked fine,but if use GRID game bluescreen come
why???
only when play grid