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Q9300 Overclocking

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Hi! I'm planning to give a little boost to my Intel Q9300.

Finding good socket 775 overclocking motherboards is very difficult at these days in Italy where I live.

The only one I found is MSI P45 platinum with DDR3 support, the model should be P45D3. Shall I buy it or wait for a good motherboard with DDR2 support?

How much could I push the CPU in a stable way (with a Zalman 9700 heatsink)?

In case I'll buy the P45D3 board can you suggest me 4gb DDR3 to pair with it?

 

Thanks for your help, I'm totally new to the matter :)

 

Ganimede

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Have you considered moving from the 775 boards to the 1155. Upgrading CPU ram and mobo you can get a new i5 2500k board with cf/sli and great oc support as well as 8th ddr3 for under $400USD not sure of conversions to euro and what the computer hardware market is like in Italy.

That zalman you have is a good air cooler and should provide pretty decent cooling capabilities for your overclocks.

 

If you can post a budget and a site or sites where you can purchase from we can help you find some good deals and make some recommendations.

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I also suggest upgrading to i5 or similar. Q9300 does not overclock particularly well, I could only get it a bit over 3,4GHz stable with 1,37V. It could be also because of the 800MHz rated memory as well though.

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Thanks for your quick answers :)

 

I was unsure about buying a mobo for that processor and was thinking about upgrading the whole system, in order to build a new pc and give my old one to my brother.

 

If you give me some advice for motherboard and ram for a i5 I'll start to find them.

 

thanks

 

Paolo

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As for the motherboard I was considering Asus P8P67 PRO with i5 2500k.

have you got any suggestions for Ram? I was leaning towards 4gb kingston HyperX

thanks alot :)

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As for the motherboard I was considering Asus P8P67 PRO with i5 2500k.

have you got any suggestions for Ram?

yhabnks alot :)

If you can provide us with a site from which you are buying we can make a recommendation of which combo of board and ram ect will give you the best performance.

Good idea giving it to your brother best way to go about upgrading in my opinion. Anyway what's your price range for this upgrade and now that your brother gets the old system will you also need a new psu and graphics, hdd, cd player and so on.

Give a new list of components, a budget and where you'll buy and we will try our best to help you tailor the best possible build.

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Thanks for your kind advice. I have already a new case (Enermax Staray) and a brand new Enermax 500W PSU (think that should be enough) sitting at my parents' shop so I'll get them ;)

Budget is not really an issue..more or less 400 euro.

 

 

For the shops I look mainly at Pixmania.com or from dealers that sell pc hardware to my parents but they don't know much about overclocking stuff :)

 

As for now I found i5 2500k (price 195 euro), P8P67 PRO (price 135 euro) and 4gb Kingston Hyperr X KHX1600C9AD3/2G (price 35 euro) ..for a total of 365 euro..with a DVD drive I should could reach my budget

 

for the graphic card a friend of mine can lend me his Radeon 4650 or I'm going to buy a new 5770 Sapphire Vapor-X

 

 

thanks again :)

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Mobo http://www.pixmania.com/it/it/9291910/art/asus/p8p67-le-rev-b3-socket-11.html

Ram http://www.pixmania.com/it/it/8028611/art/corsair/memoria-pc-vengeance-perf.html

I5 2500k http://www.pixmania.com/it/it/8314868/art/intel/core-i5-2500k-3-3-ghz-cac.html

320 euro I think

 

Your psu is fine for a single card set up

This 6850 instead of a 5770 http://www.pixmania.com/it/it/7608685/art/gigabyte/radeon-hd-6850-1-gb-gddr5.html

Price now 450 euro if you buy in one hit plus 10euro whatever for an optical drive.

 

I like you did in your price am not including a hdd do you need one? If you do here is my 1tb recommendation http://www.pixmania.com/it/it/4121963/art/samsung/hard-disk-interno-spinpoi.html

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Bought everything (Ram and 6850 from Pixmania), cpu and mobo from a dealer..I managed to save some extra money :)

 

As for hard drive I have a Samsung 1,5tb Sata2 and a Optiarc DVD Rom...I think I'll keep them recycling to my brother a spare DVD ROM and Hard Drive..

 

Now Ilet's wait for the goods to arrive and I'll set everything up :)

 

Then I'll ask how to OC the system :)

 

Thanks for your anwers and advice

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