So i'm not technologically inclined, and I bought my rig to my specifications about a year ago. A few months ago I started overclocking, or at least try to. It turns out my processor Q6600, won't go over 3.1 ghz (2.4 standard), I'm not exactly sure why and I figured i'd come here an ask. I think my main problem is: I don't know what each component needs for power. Here are my specs:
Q6600 3.1ghz 9800GTX+ Asus P5N-D Mobo 2GB Kingston (Unknown timings) Vista Home Premium Corsair 650 watt PSU 3 Small case fans, and one 230mm fan. And a Heatsink that is made my Raidmax, but the model is unclear.
I'm satisfied with general gaming, but I'm building a rig for college with some money ive been saving for and i'd like to evolve my rig into something less finicky, and more or less able to compete in the 3.7 ghz range with liquid cooling. So first off, what I'm really asking is.. what do I need to replace to get there. I'm guessing the shitty mobo and Ram first. And i'd also like to know if it were worth it to get an i7 processor to overclock instead. I held back a while ago, because I couldn't find any familiar motherboards to work with. And lastly, it would be really nice if someone could explain to me what kind of power my system is currently consuming so I know when to upgrade in the future, if not now if i'm cutting it close.
You're not going to hit much higher on the board and heatsink. P5N-D boards are very bad for overclocking. Also, raidmax and heatsink shouldn't go together in the same sentence.
Okay. So I planned on getting a completely new setup. I wanted a GTX 280 and 4GB of decent ram, along with the overclock.. would my power supply handle it?
Yes your PSU will handle pretty much everything you throw at it.. The gtx280 is fast but you might want to try a Radeon 4850x2 for that price. Hell, you can pick up a 4870x2 for about the same as as a gtx285. Newegg.com - BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024OCXE GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards or Newegg.com - Open Box: ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G/A Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card Quality ram is only around $50 so thats not a big deal. You need a better heatsink for sure though. Most likely a P35/p45 based chipset also unless you're nvidia only, in that case a 780i board.
If you want an idea for power useage. A e6600 @ 3.6ghz, overclocked 8800gtx, and the rest of a system dont consume more than 380w. You should be fine with that PSU as long as you dont try to run two gtx280(5) or quadfire.
I would die without GF
8th October 2006
And i'd also like to know if it were worth it to get an i7 processor to overclock instead.
It's much easier to overclock a Phenom II, so it might pay to get one of those instead. For both i7 and Phenom II you'll have to get a new mobo anyway, and for i7 you'll need DDR3 RAM, so it might be better to go with PII.
And a Heatsink that is made my Raidmax, but the model is unclear.
You might want to get some sort of decent heatsink instead before considering anything else.
And lastly, it would be really nice if someone could explain to me what kind of power my system is currently consuming so I know when to upgrade in the future, if not now if i'm cutting it close.
As far as I can tell, for that setup, 650W is sort of overkill. The power requirements of your system should be about 350W total.
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
kow_ciller;4872819A e6600 @ 3.6ghz, overclocked 8800gtx, and the rest of a system dont consume more than 380w.
Thank you for the quick and informative posts. I was planning on getting the 4870X2 for higher resolutions in the future, so thanks for the suggestion, but I'm worried about the load temps and the drivers. I heard ati drivers can be awful, and there needs to be extremely good airflow to cool 4870X2's down, is this true? I wouldn't mind shelling out a few extra bucks for an nvidia SLI setup. I'd like a new processor such as the phenom 2's you mentioned, but I got this Q6600 a year a go and plan to overclock the **** out of it before ill allow it to retire into a secondary pc. So ill stick with the current PSU, and get a mediocre liquid cooling setup and a better case. My case fans aren't the greatest, the airflow BLOWS, and I'm not sure on the dimensions.
My wishlist so far: Cooling Newegg.com - Masscool 7WA002L Water Cooler - Water Cooling Ram Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188027 Case (I fell in love with it, and the reviews seem to be great). Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
I'm not sure how effective that water cooler will be. Cheap ones tend to be out-done by the TRUE, but you never know. I'd look up some reviews of it first.
Nothing bad to say about the RAM, looks like a good set.
Can't say anything on the motherboard, as you've linked to the RAM a second time. =p
That case is a kick ass one. Fine choice!
That water would be worse than high-end air such as a Xigmatek or a TRUE. Also, the 4870x2 has mature drivers already and that asus card wont have any problem of overheating or running hot.
You should also check the stepping on your Q6600 to make sure its a g0 and not a b3. You can do this by downloading cpuz to check the stepping
I edited the mobo link like 30 seconds ago, so you can check now haha :P sorry. I'll get a decent TRUE setup then, I wasn't too sure about the water cooler ;), just a shot in the dark. Thanks, I love that case haha. Ive had CPUZ for a while, and I definitely have G0 stepping.
EDIT: Oh and one more thing. Should I stick with Vista, or get XP Pro? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116515