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Hi guys, last December I purchased an Alienware Area 51-7500. Everything on the system is extremely high end with the exception of the processor. It is a Core 2 Duo e6400 at 2.13 GHz. I want to overclock it through the BIOS, but I can't seem to access them. I have checked sites for what key to hit while the computer is booting up, but I can't find the key for Alienware computers.

So there are two things I want to know. What do I do to access the BIOS on an Alienware computer and what speed you would recommend overclocking my processor to? I would appreciate any help you can give me, thanks.
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I am guessing you got the Alien computer to game with, so I would recomend getting ATI tool and focus on oc'ing your gpu first.
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Usually the button to enter the BIOS is either F2, Del, F8, Tab try each of them once, or do the tried and true press a ton of buttons at once and hope you get lucky.
    
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i thought you couldn't overclock on pre built's
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i thought you couldn't overclock on pre built's
well, they're custom gaming pc's. if they're that great, they should have the option to overclock in bios. My computer is probably faster than their dual cores at a third of the price.
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It's probably in the manual, no? Other than that, just do the standard keys and hope one works. In the old days, you could just unplug something (like the mouse or keyboard) and the computer would just go into the BIOS, but that's changed...
    
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i thought you couldn't overclock on pre built's
How do you think OCing started? I OCed an IBM 486 and a Compaq 100mhz Pentium for my first computers. Got the pentium up to 148, was pretty b****in back then.
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I am guessing you got the Alien computer to game with, so I would recomend getting ATI tool and focus on oc'ing your gpu first.
Why would I overclock my gpu if it is "extremely high end". Anyway, I tried hitting f2, f3, f10, etc. but they didn't work. The manual Alienware provided to me was pretty useless. It was basically 30 pages on how to plug in a cable. Any other suggestions guys. Thanks to the people who tried to help though.
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1. The version number can be read from the BIOS Setup screen. To get there, just restart the computer and start pressing the [F2] and [Delete] keys at the same time repeatedly. Once you are in the BIOS Setup screen, look for the BIOS version installed under the Main tab. Then, press [F10] to exit saving changes.

Thats taken from the alienware website just went to support and typed in bios few links down thier it was.
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Why would I overclock my gpu if it is "extremely high end". Anyway, I tried hitting f2, f3, f10, etc. but they didn't work. The manual Alienware provided to me was pretty useless. It was basically 30 pages on how to plug in a cable. Any other suggestions guys. Thanks to the people who tried to help though.
you would overclock the gpu to get better performance....... same reason you would overclock the cpu
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