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Looking to do modest overclock on the old i7 920, and could use some guidance on some possible issues.

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So I have a Studio XPS, it's 5 years old now. I have replaced the graphics card several times, and added RAM. The RAM installed is two different types(Slots 1-6 on the .jpg).I would like to bring my i7 920 from 2.6ghz to 3. or 3.2. Since my cpu's multiplier is locked at x22 (though it seems to fluctuate between x21 and x22, I'm assuming because of the mismatch memory), I will end up having to tweak the memory to do any sort of overclocking. I was hoping someone with a little more knowledge could take a look at my specs and possibly giving me some guidance, especially if I should be removing some of the RAM to eliminate bottlenecking or some how syncing it up...

I appreciate anyone taking a look. Oh and if I posted in the wrong forum if someone could point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it. I'm new :3

The pictures are specs according to cpu-z

Hardware photo Hardware_zpsbfff9b24.jpg
Memory photo AllMemory_zps5adfba33.jpg
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Sorry you cant OC with Dell OEM MB.
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Is there anything else I can do to reduce any kind of bottle necking? Switching the ram around? Or removing any?
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Is there anything else I can do to reduce any kind of bottle necking? Switching the ram around? Or removing any?

Switching RAM around won't help anything because the Dell OEM mobo and how the PC is assembled is already put into proper places. The only way to "upgrade" this PC is by spending some cash. Understand that the i7 930 is still hell of a chip and all you really need in this PC is a new motherboard so you can overclock the CPU assuming you're content with the GPU.

Buying a new motherboard, although hard to find a 1366 mobo nowadays, is extremely recommended because:
1) Allows you to overclock an already amazing chip
2) Allows you to install more RAM assuming your mobo contains only probably 4 DIMMs
3) Overall better performance from your PC

Also, if you want, you can upgrade the GPU once you have that mobo so essentially; it becomes a custom build PC from scrap parts from an old Dell PC. tongue.gif

Hope this helped.
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Thank you very much. Ill see what I can do.
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