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Vanzagar
09-18-07, 03:35 PM
Haven't had to overclocking my CPU or GPU in a couple years, and will be getting a new machine soon. Was hoping someone could point me to an updated guide or just answer some of the questions below. Googled "overclocking guide" and got a bunch of guides that were quite old...
i.e. http://www.tomshardware.com/1997/01/02/overclocking_guide/
Although this looks promising but SLI...
http://www.nvidia.com/docs/CP/45121/nforce_680i_sli_overclocking.pdf

Will be getting a 680i mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188013

Q6600 cpu and 8800GTX vid card, with the Thermaltake CL-P0401 for cooling:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106102&Tpk=thermaltake%2bp0401
with Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound... any preferences in thermal paste?

Questions:

1. For quad core, do I need to do anything special or beware of anything different? From what I recall, go into BIOS and up the FSB until unstable (CPU Speed = FSB x The Multiplier)? Always weary about upping the CPU voltage...

2. Is there any memory brand names I should stay away from? Looking at getting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

3. What is good software to measure the GPU and CPU temps? How can I determine the upper limits or what are the "safe" limits under max loads. I think hovering around the upper spec limit wouldn't be very safe.

4. What software is recommended for testing machine stability. I heard there's a program for calculating pi which is good (name?) for determining CPU stability, Memtest86 for memory stability and 3dMark2006 for GPU stability, do you recommend others? What is the "4-core Prime95 Torture Test"

5. Overclocking GPU - can I just go into the the nVidia user panel. Last time I think I had to download a program or run a command to allow the user to panel to allow overclocking, is this the same? If so how do I get it to allow overclocking? Also, last time I kept losing my GPU overclocked settings is there a good way to make these settings stick - I think I used hit save in the software and it worked on most but not all reboots...

Anyways, if anyone has a good step by step guide to safe overclocing quad core's while checking temps and system stability it would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks,

rhuala

Smee
09-19-07, 12:51 AM
I found this to be a pretty simple 680I guide

http://pc.ign.com/articles/747/747606p1.html

buffbiff21
09-19-07, 03:42 AM
Just a couple things...


This guide is 100% without a doubt the best Intel overclocking guide out there.
http://www.thetechrepository.com/showthread.php?p=667#post667


Don't get a 680i if you're not planning on running SLI.

AS5 is for n00bcakes. You can buy Ceramique for half the price and see exact performance.

Vanzagar
09-19-07, 06:29 PM
Just a couple things...


This guide is 100% without a doubt the best Intel overclocking guide out there.
http://www.thetechrepository.com/showthread.php?p=667#post667


Don't get a 680i if you're not planning on running SLI.

AS5 is for n00bcakes. You can buy Ceramique for half the price and see exact performance.


The AS5 is only $5 man!

Hmm, there's a lot of theory in that article, more detail than I have an interest in learning, as the article states "If your overclocking goals include nothing more than the desire for the absolute highest CPU clock speed possible then this article isn't for you."... which would be me...

Can't view the other article from work (filters game sites) so I'll check from home tonight...

I guess my first post was a little too long, but could someone please recommend what programs are typically used to monitor CPU/GPU temps under load and what progs are good for system stability...

Thanks,

-V-

buffbiff21
09-19-07, 07:16 PM
The AS5 is only $5 man!

That's why it's for n00bcakes. They bait you in.

A 22g (over 5 times as much as an AS5 syringe) syringe of Ceramique is less than $5.

could someone please recommend what programs are typically used to monitor CPU/GPU temps under load and what progs are good for system stability...

Temperature
CPU = Intel Thermal Analysis Tool, CoreTemp,
GPU = ATI tool, Nvidia Monitor

Stability
CPU = Orthos
RAM = Memtest86+
GPU = 3DMK06

Vanzagar
09-21-07, 02:25 PM
That's why it's for n00bcakes. They bait you in.

Temperature
CPU = Intel Thermal Analysis Tool, CoreTemp,
GPU = ATI tool, Nvidia Monitor

Stability
CPU = Orthos
RAM = Memtest86+
GPU = 3DMK06

Thanks buffbiff21...

Anyone know any others...

-V-