my adventures into Core architecture, overclocking + pics.

By an0nym0us
Sep 19, 2006
  1. So, i finally sold my Pentium D 820 setup and got in all of my parts to build my Core 2 Duo setup. Here's what i'm running along with some pictures of my hardware and some screen captures. I'll explain my problems later. Thanks to RangerXLT8 from for helping me learn a little about oc-ing. my previous overclocking rig was a 550 at 4.046ghz, so this is a huge jump for me. I've given up on netburst architecture for anything more than a decent workstation or pc for my mom.

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
    Memory: G.Skill 2x1gb F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK
    Video Card: XFX 7600GT 256mb
    Hard Drive 1: WD 74gb Raptor SATA
    Hard Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 160gb
    Optical Drive 1: NEC-3520a DVD+/-RW
    Optical Drive 2: Samsung CD-RW
    Case: Thermaltake Mambo
    Power Supply: Ultra X-Connect 500w
    CPU HSF: Scythe Ninja Plus 120mm
    North Bridge HSF: Thermalright HR-05
    Case Fans: 2x Scythe DF 120mm
    Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 3.5” 1.44mb

    G.Skill 2GBPK

    XFX 7600GT 256mb


    Thermalright HR-05 NB HSF

    Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 w/Retail E6300 week 26

    Scythe Ninja Plus

    HSF's mounted on board
  2. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    74gb Raptor

    Everything mounted and ready to go in

    All mounted into a Thermaltake Mambo, ready to fire up (cable management sucks, my friend is gonna help me with it.)


    Orthos@2.66ghz, 380x7, 1.4125 vCore, 5-5-5-15 1:1

    CS:Source Stress Test
  3. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    LOL... opening lost coast, then the stress test


    OC-ed to 2.8, 400x7, 4-4-4-12 1:1. UNSTABLE. would not pass 2 minutes of Orthos.


    FEAR at max performance settings AF 8x AA 8x


    the FINAL overclock, Orthos (dual prime95) stable for 7 hours
    +.1vDIMM, 4-4-4-14, 400x7, 1:1

  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    WOW!!! That's a nice system.
  5. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    thanks man i take a lot of pride in this thing. it's fun doing everything faster than an FX-62 with a sub-200 dollar processor.
  6. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    GOT THAT RIGHT! E6300's have a good price and well i wouldn't be surprised seeing my grandma overclocking it. Just too easy
  7. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    lol... somebody really likes taking pictures ;)
  8. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    this rig is sick, the pictures don't do it any justice, cheapass canon 2.0mp
  9. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    screw the camera, thats one sweet rig you've got regardless....
  10. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    i like it, it's the best bang for the buck that's out right now if you're not too scared to overclock it. on after several rounds of thorough tests they concluded that an AMD 64 X2 would have to be clocked 20% higher than a Core architecture processor to acheive the same performance, the aged netburst architecture had to be clocked 90% faster to be as fast.
  11. danielb

    danielb TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Well that settles it, im getting that motherboard , my one im putting togethers virtually identical, my ram is only kingston 667, though my processor e6400. You have convinced me to overclock too, oh and get better ram lol.


    EDIT: I want that heatsink too :D
  12. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    make sure you get a good cooling solution and good luck trying to get 667 to 800, i'm stepping up to a 6600 soon so i can do 400x9. i was thinking about a 6400 but it wouldn't be that much of a gain for me. if you really want DDR 667 at least pick up XMS or G.Skill.
  13. danielb

    danielb TS Rookie Posts: 19

    lol i dont really want 667 its just what i have at the moment. Ive only the motherboard left to get. Yeah i think 6400 would be a waste of time in your case.
  14. danielb

    danielb TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Any suggestions for reading up about overclocking this setup mate.
  15. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    you'll need the latest bios, i've got it... you can PM me here on how you can get it from me. also, try and without xtremesystems, i'd still be twiddling with my old socket A's overclocking them til they melted the socket for little or no gain.
  16. Fenian32

    Fenian32 TS Rookie

    Very nice system, mate! Although I despise Windows, I wouldn't mind having a bad-*** system like that!
    Congrats on the fine work!
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