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Whats a good overclock for intel core i5 650 proccessor with a Alienware HTC Liquid Cooling System?

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Hello, I was wondering just how far I could push my alienware computer in terms of performance. I have read up a bit on overclocking and get the jist of it, but I have never actually overclocked before so I figured I'd get some help.

I want to know what a safe overclock is for my i5 650 processor that is running at 3.2 Ghz.because I feel I can get just a little more out of it, but I don't know how to optimize it or manipulate the cooling that came with the system. I got this computer a few years ago so I don' know what generation the processor is. Here is what I have on it: Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2 .

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Thats not giving us much to work with. How about you open the side panel and take a few shots of this liquid cooling system and other components, also open up device manager in control panel and that should give you more info on what hardware you've got under the hood.

But in all honesty there's not much you can do with a closed loop system on a prebuilt rig aside from swapping out the fans for some better ones like Noctua NFF12s and or potentially converting it from push to push pull for more airflow over the rad. Could also probably benefit from a good clean if its a few years old.
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Thanks for replying and sorry for not having enough information. I actually tried to overclock it yesterday, but discovered that the bois A01 is absolute @&$T for overclocking since it has the voltages locked as well as the CPU multiplier and various other settings so I'm gonna abonden trying to overclock it past what I got it to, which was 3.4 ghz. Unless someone can tell me how to upgrade a bois A01 for an aurora (non ALX or anything just a aurora) to one with overclock profiles, I think I'm stuck.

Again thanks for replying and sorry that I couldn't get much more information on the cooling. Only thing I found was on eBay.

Also is your name a refrence to the book Erebos by any chance?
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Thanks for replying and sorry for not having enough information. I actually tried to overclock it yesterday, but discovered that the bois A01 is absolute @&$T for overclocking since it has the voltages locked as well as the CPU multiplier and various other settings so I'm gonna abonden trying to overclock it past what I got it to, which was 3.4 ghz. Unless someone can tell me how to upgrade a bois A01 for an aurora (non ALX or anything just a aurora) to one with overclock profiles, I think I'm stuck.

Again thanks for replying and sorry that I couldn't get much more information on the cooling. Only thing I found was on eBay.

Also is your name a refrence to the book Erebos by any chance?
No my name is not from a book its just something I like the sound of. Have you tried the alienware/dell website for a bios update? give me the exact model and Ill see if I can find something for you.

Hey dude I just had a quick hunt around on the dell website and I've got a link to the drivers page for you. If its not on this page have a look down to the bottom right option for older alienware machines and it will take you to the original Alienware support site.
http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/au/en/audhs1/ProductSelector/Select/FamilySelection?CategoryPath=all-products%2Fesuprt_desktop%2Fesuprt_alienware_dsk&Family=Alienware&DisplayCrumbs=Product%2BType%40%2CDesktops%40%2CAlienware&rquery=na

Good luck.
Edited by Bloodbath - 5/15/13 at 4:57am
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Thanks, I found the bois update with my service tag. I have searched the alienware web site for a long time, I cant believe that I didn't find this. Hopefully A04 has overclock profiles.

Thanks again.
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Thanks, I found the bois update with my service tag. I have searched the alienware web site for a long time, I cant believe that I didn't find this. Hopefully A04 has overclock profiles.

Thanks again.
Might not have overclock profiles as such but if you can find out the manufacturer of the board they may have some software you can download, like Gigabyte has Easytune. I suspect it maybe a cheap Foxconn board which would be limiting. If you can get the side of the pc then it should say on the board who makes it. Good luck.thumb.gif
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