Re: Noob need advice!
I don't know how helpful this is now that you've got your system built but maybe I can learn something.
Not sure how the Intel chipsets go about overclocking so I don't know what you are talking about with the ratios. Does memory need to be clocked at a certain ratio in relation to the FSB? I usually just "unlock" my memory and put it at whatever speed I want regardless of the FSB.
Depending on your cooler, case, and room temperature, your processor should go down to mid 20s on temps if you are running at stock speeds. What I always do once I get a clock set is tone down the voltages until it starts giving me problems.
Yea your Quad should go up to 3.8 and not get much hotter than 40C under load if it is anything like my Duo of the same model number. I find 3.0 is a good speed to run it at for general use though.
Case: Silver Thermaltake Armor with 250mm side fan.
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 850watt
MB: EVGA 680i AR
CPU: Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 3.0 Up to 3.8 for heavy jobs
GPU: EVGA 8800GTX
RAM: 4GB Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4D @ 900mhz 4-4-4-12 Timing (Running without swapfile)
OS: Vista Ultimate x64
Built: March 2007 with love <3
Cooling: All Air