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I have the following computer specifications:E6600 dual core @ 2.4mhz4 gig of matched Pc2-800 ramPNY 8800GT 512 meg Graphics card21" gateway widescreen monitor120 gig hitachi hard drivemain processor cooler w/fanAsus P5B-E motherboardFSB max. support is 1066My question is: I am thing about upgrading to a Q6600 since I will be running a processor intensive program that demands a (quad core design) with at least (2.66mhz speed). How does one go about getting (2.66 mhz) out of a purchased quad-core Q6600 that comes in at (2.4mhz). Keep in mind that I cannot purchase the Q6600 @ 2.66mhz since my "FSB only supports up to 1066"...... !!! jack

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I seem to remember reviews that said you could overclock that MB and CPU quite a bit. You might not need to go to a quad. If you must go quad, the q6600 is a bit out dated. If you are not comfortable overclocking, you will need to buy faster components.Bob

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Can you buy a Stock Quad intel processor that is greater than 2.4mhz speed utilizing my P5B-E Asus motherboard which is limited to a 1066 FSB???Regards,jack

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My Q9550 runs at 2.8mhz @ 1333 fsb. Might run near 2.6 @ 1066. There is a formula to figure that out, but I don't know it. Part of the OC process is to push your hardware past it's ratings. It is all done in the BIOS. Bob

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What steps would be required to overclock the Q6600 (with my computer specifications) to 2.66mhz or greater?Regards,jack

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I can only advise you to go to asus fourms to get the best advice. I have a mild OC on my MSI MB by rasing the FSB frequency in the bios. If you can get a manual for your MB, it will tell you how to go about some of these things. I am no expert. Maybe someone will come along who is.Bob

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Anybody else know if I can get 2.66mhz our of my P5B-E motherboard with my 6600 duo-core intel and how you would do this via overclocking? Keep in mind that the FSB is maxed at 1033mhz..jack

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The P5B-e's 965's FSB should run at least to 300Mhz (1200). 350-400Mhz may also be doable with that chipset. Don't know why it would be limited to 258Mhz (1033)? If it's just a standard P5B-E, start with your FSB set to 300Mhz and Vcore to 1.4v. That'll get the a Q6600 to (300x9=) 2.7Ghz. Any more than this will require a thermalright ultra 120 CPU cooler. With the new cooler, your goal will be a 400Mhz FSB with ~ 1.42 Vcore. That'll run the Q at 3.6Ghz. This will provide the same performance as a $2,000 i7 at 3.2Ghz / DDR3 platform. Pretty good deal with a core2Q on a 965 mobo.

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Thank you Bobby and Sam for your insights. I will pursue this course in view of all your recommendations.Regards,jack

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