Hi there, it's my first post here. I've tested some settings overclocking my Q6600, found this pattern and would like some advice from you guys. I've repeated the same steps on the same order to get the most accurate results I could. For gaming benchmarks I used FRAPS to average 15s of gameplay standing still: for GTR Evolution that was onboard camera inside pit garage on empty track, and for CoD: WaW I chose Semper Fi mission, starting as soon as I was given a pistol and crosshair was visible. Room temperature on high 20's, low 30's CPU 266x9 (stock), VGA 575/900 / OC to 685/1000 3dMark05, CPU test: 10.268 Sandra Memory Bench: 5123 GTR: 176 (178 VGA OC) CoD: 61 (61 VGA OC) Vcore: 1.125 on BIOS, 1.08 on CPU-Z idle, 1.03~1.05 on OCCT load test Temperature (distance to TjMax): idle 60, load 46 -- CPU 340x9, VGA 575/900 / OC to 685/1000 3dMark05, CPU test: 12.880 Sandra Memory Bench: 6268 GTR: 197 (222 VGA OC) CoD: 64 (71 VGA OC) Vcore: 1.350 on BIOS, 1.30 on CPU-Z idle, 1.22~1.24 on OCCT load test Temperature (distance to TjMax): idle 55, load 32 -- CPU 360x9, VGA 575/900 / OC to 685/1000 3dMark05, CPU test: 13.158 Sandra Memory Bench: 6457 GTR: 197 (230 VGA OC) CoD: 60 (72 VGA OC) Vcore: 1.425 on BIOS, 1.37 on CPU-Z idle, 1.29~1.30 on OCCT load test Temperature (distance to TjMax): idle 50, load 24 -- -- 3dMark05 score on 360x9 + 685/1000 = 18451 -- Apart from actually getting a worse CoD result on 360x9 than 340x9 without OCing the VGA, all results increased a bit, but real gaming improved much less than theoretical max. Considering the results I've got: 1- Is 360x9 worth the extra heat it generates? 2- What else can I try? 3- Are my results within expected for this rig? 4- If I were to upgrade something, what would be cost-effective? Thanks!