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    I think Mr. C was pointing at the fact that you have an OEM system (i.e., made for you by a company). Others than HP include Dell (like mine) or Compaq. Essentially these companies put in the bare minimum for performance parts so that their PC's run cool and stable. All of that = you cant overclock worth s***. Therefore, undertaking any kind of overclocking ability is a danger to your system (beyond video card anyways) because your system cant handle it. Hence, it was a big risk. Also, overclocking is a heck of alot more than just punching in the MHz you want your CPU to put out: there are many fine points and limitations. It involves a lot of knowledge and a ton of different options that need to be set just right in order for it to work. Overclocking, in fact, is a computer science, and one should not undertake it w/o proper knowledge of one's doing. Otherwise, you could toast your comp because you had no clue. Essentially: be wary. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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    ok, point well taken, i guess i just need to save up some money and build my own. :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmike
    ok, point well taken, i guess i just need to save up some money and build my own. :o
    That's usually what I suggest to ppl with Brand Name PC's but a lot get offended by it though at least buildin' ya own ya get the better parts so that a good overclock can be achieved.

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    If I was in the same position. Say I got one of those mobo's for free. I would probably do something stupid like find out exactly what versions of the i865 chipset and other board components are on it, then match it up with something from asus that has all the exact same stuff and options (if it exists) and flash the damn thing with the latest bios and cross my fingers. Just for fun. But then again, I have used beta bios's before like for example the honeyx oc'ing bios for ecs k7s5apro. Wonderful results, mostly due to that mobo having a cult following.

    Like I said this is something I would probably do, not recomended at all for non power users.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
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    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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    so what do you think i would need to build my own? The only part of the computer that i think would be a low quality economy piece would be the motherboard. Am i wrong thinking this? Its got a P4 2.6 HT, crappy 5200 rpm HDD, DVD/CD-RW, CD-ROM, I put in a Geforce fx 5600 256mb which i have since found out was a not so good board and have 512 mb of DDR 2700 ram. Do you think i could keep my case? OH and it has a built in 6 card reader thing which reads many different types of memory cards. Lastly it has firewire and USB 2.0 outputs in front and back. Would i lose all these features? OK thanks!

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    First thing we need is your location(for more accurate pricing and availability). This can be added using the user cp/edit profile at the top of any tweak town forums page. While you are there, make a signature of all your current specs (model numbers and speeds of components) so we know what we are dealing with.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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    Im in New Hampshire, USA

    I'm not completely sure how to do the signature but ill just list my components for now,

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    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz 800MHz front side bus
    ASUSTek Computer INC. 'P4SD-LA'
    512 MB 2700 DDR-SDRAM
    mem bus speed 320 MHz
    Nvidia Geforce FX 5600
    Samsung SV1203N 120 Gb HDD @ 5400rpm
    ISA X-Bus AGP PCI IMB USB FireWire/1394ic/SMBus
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek AC'97 Audio
    Windows XP Home
    Standard Case Fan
    basic CPU fan/heatsink

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    I have the same rig, and unlocked the bios with some program but can't remember the name of it.

    I have upgraded Ram, sound card, graphic card, this thing runs so great.
    Pentium 4 2.6ghz 800mhz
    Kingston Hyper-X Pc3200 1gb
    Ati Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb
    Samsung 120gb hard drive
    Mitsumi 48x Cd-Rom
    Hp Dvd-writer 300N 4x
    Viewsonic 15' LCD
    Asus P4SD-LA Mobo
    Cooler Master Cpu Heatsink&Fan
    Creative Audigy 2 ZS
    Creative inspire 2-1 speakers
    Antec TrueBlue 480watt PSU

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmike
    I'm not completely sure how to do the signature but ill just list my components for now
    go to User CP -> Edit Profile -> Signature and insert what you just wrote in the space provided then click submit modifications
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    well i think i figured out the signature thing... :idea:

    but anyways, compgeek, since we both have the same comp, i feel we are probably on the same page. What tweaks have you done to your rig and which pieces of equipment did you find were the best when you upgraded? I was thinking of getting an addition 512 RAM but only in PC2700, is it worth it to go for a faster speed like PC3200? And would i have to get rid of my old slower RAM and buy all new cards in order to do that?

    - you guys have been a big help! :wave:
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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