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post #1 of 11
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Hi all.

I am desperate to overclock my PC's processor but unfortunatly my pc cannot be overclocked since it is a Dell.

My current system specs;

Dell Studio 540
Dell 0m017G motherboard
Core 2 Quad 2.66ghz Q9400
8gb DDR2 800 mhz RAM
Nvidia Geforce 9800gt 512mb
1TB 7200rpm HDD
250gb 7200rpm HDD

Right, as far as i am aware, the only way for me to overlock my computer is to get a new motherboard. (Correct me if im wrong)

I know quite a bit about building PC's ect but im not very good with motherboards and all i know is i need a socket 775 motherboard.
It would also have to include 4 RAM bays as i have 4x2gb sticks.

Thanks very much to anyone that can help me out.

---------EDIT-------------

I wouldnt mind selling my 8gb DDR2 ram to go for 6gb DDR3 if that would be easyer in any way.
Edited by Rozzzzzzz - 5/11/11 at 6:40am

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post #2 of 11
2 things. First, make sure your dell power supply isn't non-standard (proprietary).
2. Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P (really any of the UD3 series). I'm told the P5Q series work well, but make sure it's a P45 chipset (P5Q Pro, Turbo, Deluxe, might be others)

Best of luck!
~jd
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Originally Posted by justadude View Post
2 things. First, make sure your dell power supply isn't non-standard (proprietary).
2. Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P (really any of the UD3 series). I'm told the P5Q series work well, but make sure it's a P45 chipset (P5Q Pro, Turbo, Deluxe, might be others)

Best of luck!
~jd
Not just the PSU but the case may use proprietary front panel header wiring.

Lotsa good 775 boards, I have one on hand here I can't get rid of-but it is DDR3.
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post #4 of 11
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Thanks for getting back to me!!

How to i see if my PSU is non-standard? Also, i just had a quick look round the net but where would i buy one of these motherboards? Not really any on ebay and i dont know many other places i could check?

Thanks alot!

My PSU is 350w
Edited by Rozzzzzzz - 5/11/11 at 6:54am
post #5 of 11
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I found this board which looks reasonable.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ASUS-P5Q-Delux...item3cb7c6966a

Ok, forget this one as it is getting too expensive. Is it possible for me to get a motherboard like the one im needing for under £50?

Thanks again.
Edited by Rozzzzzzz - 5/11/11 at 7:01am
post #6 of 11
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Would my 350w PSU do? Especially if im overclocking to aound 3.2/3.4? or would buying a 750w PSU make more sense?

Thanks
post #7 of 11
you would most likely need to upgrade the power supply as well in order to do any decent overclocking, the power supplies that ship with pre-built machines just don't have the guts to hold steady in my experience
 
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post #8 of 11
EP45 UD3P is the king of 775 quads, bar none.

You'll find them coming/going in OCN classifieds now that people are moving to Sandy.

And yes, you need a new PSU. Quality ($90+) 600 at least.
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post #9 of 11
You'll probably need a new case too, I'm not sure if the Dell case will fit the new board properly.
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Ok, thanks for the info. I (only just) lost the auction above, so im back to square one. Thing is, im looking for a motherboard defo no more that £60 (100 US dollers). Im only going to be using one graphics card so i dont need all the fancie crossfire features. Do you still recon the above?

Would this PSU be ok?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

About 60USD
Edited by Rozzzzzzz - 5/11/11 at 8:28am
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