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    Overclocking on Stock Cooling

    Hi,

    This is the spec i've decided to go with.....does anyone know the over-clocking potential using stock cooling, i.e. no extra cooling other than the fans supplied and a Lian-Li PC V1000 PLUS case.

    Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB)
    MSI P6N nForce 680 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit
    BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

    Many thanks in advance,

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    lian-li's tend to be fairly cool so that will help.

    Its all luck really, all of your components will lend themselves to overclocking. Give it a try and see how far u can go.

    Download coretemp and make sure your temps dont go above 60C at load. Im guessing around 2.6GHz is quite possible if not more.

    A custom cooler will give better results. The arctic freezer 7 pro is only £15!

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    Double check that the heatpipes on that motherboard will work upside down, if not you will need to fit a different chipset/NB cooler.

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    Yeah, the 680 is pretty cramped round the cpu. You would think that a high end mobo would allow for high end cpu coolers, not everyone wants to use water.

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    You'll have to excuse my ignorance....but what do you mean by checking to see if the heat pipes work upside down ? And do i have to use water cooling with this board ? I thought I could just get away with stock cooling for now and then upgrade the cooling (and hence overclocking) when the beast starts to become a little dated.

    Sorry, but i'm not as "savvy" with the overclocking terminology....that or i'm just plain stupid.

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    the stock cooler will definitely fit, i think he was referring to the arctic. The board is designed to accommodate the stock cooler.

    Dont worry about asking questions, that is what the forum is for.

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    No, The heatpipes that I was refering to, are the ones on the chipset and northbridge that come with the motherboard. I havent seen your particular board, but most of the 680i boards have a couple of heatpipes connecting the two heatsinks on the motherboard. Some heatpipes will not work when they are inverted, and in a V1000 case, they will be inverted.

    It is a relatively simple job to fit a couple of new coolers to replace the heatpipe setup, but you should be aware of this or you could run into problems later on.

    Email MSI and ask

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    Heres a pic of your board. The heatpipe is the big copper pipe. It is filled with liquid and will often only work one way up.

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    If you're serious about overclocking then get a better cooler. As Flewis says you can get them for peanuts. If cash is tight then downgrade something else slightly (RAM, motherboard).

    Also make sure your case is properly ventilated as your Gfx card is going to generate some heat and could limit your potential oc.

    I've not come across many people who cant get 3Ghz out of a E6600 with a moderate set-up, especially a recent stepping, if you're lucky you might even get this with the stock cooler!

    CHks

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    Thanks guys, i'll invest in an Artic before overclocking...the spec should be fine for now anyway.

    Thanks also re MB orientation. I read somewhere (overclockers.co.uk I think) that most new boards with heatpipes had a valve or something in them so that orientation wouldn't be a problem but I can't find any info on the web about this.

    Is it true ?

    Cheers...

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