Overclocking a water-cooled Q6600

Asus P5kc motherboard
August 3, 2010 at 10:24:54
Specs: Windows 7, Q6600/6GB
I used to overclock CPU's and memory for fun but it was a decade ago. Now so many things have changed, and there are so many weird settings that I am simply lost.

Some background:
I use my computer for photography work so I need some speed so that Photoshop and Lightroom worked slightly faster. Tomorrow I will receive an Intel X25-M SSD so the main bottleneck of computers can be crrossed out. My system is water cooled for silence during work, but water cooling givesd me a bigger margin when it comes to overclocking. SpeedFan gives me the following temperatures at idle: CPU-28*C, Core0-43*C, Core1-40*C, Core2-39*C, Core3-42*C. Under long lasting load the temperatures are no more than 7*C higher. Quite good for a passively water-cooled system.

I would like some help with BIOS settings. I would like to do it right before I install Win7. Below I have made some screenshots of my BIOS and hardware data. Currently everything is set to 'auto'. Please let me know which settings I should change in order to get some performance increase.


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August 3, 2010 at 14:37:34
If you know anything about overclocking, you know that YOU should not rely on any AUTO settings & should NOT use AI Tuning. Since you say you're experienced, I'm just going to supply some generic setting suggestions. The easiest overclock will be 3.0GHz at 1333MHz FSB.

Set AI tuning to MANUAL, clock the CPU at 9 x 333MHz & configure the RAM to run in sync. In other words, if the CPU frequency is 333MHz, the RAM frequency should be 333MHz (aka 667MHz DDR). Lock the PCIe at 100MHz. Disable ALL Spread Spectrum options. Disable SpeedStep & C1E. Manually enter the memory timings & voltage as per the RAM manufacturer's spec.

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August 4, 2010 at 00:21:07
Your board support both ddr2 and ddr3. Do u have ddr3 1333 or ddr2 800?

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August 4, 2010 at 06:09:49
I have 6GB of DDR2-800

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August 4, 2010 at 06:34:39
the settings jam provided should work. If u hit 3ghz (333 x 9) stable then aim for 3.6ghz (400 x 9).

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