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Reasonably advanced user here looking to overclock my Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6700 @2.67 GHZ and possibly my graphics card. I've previously overclocked CPUs back in college with help from my Computer Science-major friends. Fast forward half a decade - I can clearly find the suggested modifications that need to be made anywhere on the "interwebs" but I have to admit the nVidia motherboard bios is throwing me for a loop. Hoping to find a rather advanced user to walk me through the Bios modifications. Custom built desktop that definitely can handle overclocking, so I'm hoping to maximize both CPU and graphics card with a little tweaking. If you have time and the know-how it'd be awesome if you can lend me the benefit of your skill and expertise. Pertinent information below, hoping to see if someone might be willing to walk me through the actual bios modification!

 

http://img266.imageshack.us/i/systemspecs1.jpg/

http://img690.imageshack.us/i/systemspecs.jpg/

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You would stand a much better chance of getting the right answers if your thread was in the Custom PCs, case mods, overclocking forum. I'll move it over there for you and leave a redirect here so you can find it... ;) -kd5-

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How much overclocking you will be able to do and how it will be done depend in large part on the motherboard.

 

Please post an OverDrive link so that we can see your computer's hardware. You will need to register an account, login, and run the full tests from the link below, then copy and paste the URL from the results page into your reply:

 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/

 

If you need help, there is a tutorial here:

 

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/html/helpfiles/techexphelp.htm

 

 

For the graphics card, the easiest way is to use one of the many tools available. For an Nvidia card, MSI's Afterburner will even provide voltage control, if available on the card:

 

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

 

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/images/Afterburner%20User%20Manual.pdf

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Here's his link, it's visible in the second screen shot...

http://www.pcpitstop.com/betapit/sec.asp?conid=24097917

 

First you won't have as easy a time O/C'ing that mobo because it's somewhat of a lesser Nforce 6 board...

Start by entering Setup/BIOS and locating the CPU settings. Set your CPU multi to 10. Try bumping the CPU FSB by 10Mhz at a time (i.e. from 266 to 275) then reboot and see if it boots. BTW, your CPU-Z screenie shows the CPU multiplier as 6, it should be 10, or FSB of 266x10 = 2660....

Keep increasing the FSB by 10Mhz until it refuses to boot, now you can lower the multi to 9 and keep raising the FSB until it refuses to boot again...

 

 

Let us know how you're making out, we'll be here to help you.

 

p.s. you may reach a point where it won't boot at all even if you go back to the original settings. Time to get acquainted with your Clear CMOS jumper and the mobo battery. Move the jumper and pull the battery for about 30 seconds then replace as normal. Boot the PC, enter BIOS and try again...

 

 

 

 

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You would stand a much better chance of getting the right answers if your thread was in the Custom PCs, case mods, overclocking forum. I'll move it over there for you and leave a redirect here so you can find it... ;) -kd5-

 

Very kind of you, your effort is greatly appreciated!
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