So what specific questions do you have regarding overclocking? i will attempt to help while i find a past post that i had that was apparently very helpful to someone else.
Heres one of my past posts, you probably wont really need this, but its just to clairify:
alright let me go over some basic notes that you gotta know when buying a new computer desktop.
Examples are the ones you can pick up at Future Shop, Best Buy or Staples.
Some Good names: Asus, MSI, HP, Acer
Advantages of a prebuilt PC:
-Full System Warrenty support in 1 package
-Quick and easy in case you dont have the time to build one
-Peace of mind, that it is all built with quality
Disadvantages of a prebuilt PC:
-Usually Cheap parts for core components that novice users never look at like Motherboard PSU and RAM
-As soon as warranty is gone, you cannot RMA any parts as they are all OEM
-No overclocking or tweaking options available
-Usually a basic OS installed with bloat ware on it from the manufacture.
-Usually the cable management is horrible
Personally Custom Built PC:
You buy all the parts, from the motherboard, the CPU the HDD and you have control over what parts to buy and what part of your computer will work the hardest and pick the appropriate parts.
Examples: Asus P7P55D-E motherboard, Gigabyte G1 Assassin Motherboard, Corsair P128 SSD, or other single computer parts
Advantages of Custom Built PCs:
-You have control of what parts you put in
-You have control over the operating system, and what operating system you use
-No bloat ware, you configure the OS
-If done properly, the system will be well balanced, and cables should be nice and clean.
-You have multiple warranty plans on EACH individual part, from 1 year to lifetime
-You have COMPLETE control of your computer, you can tweak chips past factory settings, flash you BIOS to the latest version, and mod 1 part, without breaking the warranty of the whole system.
-You can upgrade parts and swap out anything anytime, and still be covered under the original warranty of the other parts, and getting a new warranty on the new part you just bought.
-Flexible, things like Water cooling, and case mods can be done while building and shopping, and a lot more though goes into these machines than OEM ones.
-some warranties support modding and tweaking
-Peace of mind, when you build the exact system spec you want, and quality that is a result of your own hard work.
Disadvantage of a Custom Built PC.
-Its a tad time consuming to put together, make sure u have an hour or 2 at hand, depending on the rig complexity.
-You have to set up any RAID arrays and install the OS which may be daunting for a novice user
-there is a LOT of packaging and spare parts you will have at the end.
-you could potentially end up with a bad part, or a poorly built system, or even in the worst of cases, buy incompatible parts, which are all user mistakes and are the result of a novice user that doesn't do research.
in conclusion, if all you are doing is browsing the internet, or watching movies on your PC, and do not plan on tweaking a prebuilt is good for you, but i think i speak for all members of OCN here when i say, when you want a desktop PC, Do it right and build it yourself, you learn a lot along the way, and you know what you buy. Custom Machines are much more flexible and in general much more powerful than OEM computers, as the manufactures tend to put emphasis on a few specific parts and cheap on all the other parts to give the illusion of good prices. In this world, what you pay is what you get. So spend the extra buck on premium parts, and you are guaranteed Premium performance if you bought the right things with your money.
My only exception to prebuilt machines is machines from NCIX or IBUYPOWER, because they are basically custom built machines that are assembled elsewhere for you, and then you buy them.
REMEMBER LAPTOPS DO NOT COUNT TO THIS POST, ONLY DESKTOP PCs.
basically, what im telling you is, before you buy anything, weather it be a computer, or a car, or even a toaster, do your research, and find out what you are getting for what you pay. there was no sense in buying the HP pavilion if you wanted to overclock it, and you could have found of with 5 minutes of google.
Edited by Pentium4 531 overclocker - 5/24/11 at 8:47pm