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I posted a little while ago about overclocking a dell dimension 5150 and so i know now that it cannot conventionally be overclocked, there is software like clockgen but i tried using it and it still doesnt look like i can make adjustments. I also downloaded and installed the newest bios version last night from Dell and its the same thing of course.

Is there a way i can change my bios on my dell somehow so it is able to overclock? because i found that i have a pentium D 805 with a slow bus speed but a 20x multiplier. Is there some flash i can do? or am i just better off getting a new motherboard. i would prefer though if i could just keep the one i have. thanks
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Well, being that you're now a member of Overclock.net, I do highly recommend saving up to completely replace the pre-built. If you are somehow financially able to do this with today's economy, etc, etc., I promise you that you will love your computer like never before. Going by the literal dictionary definition of the word, you will have an "intimate" relationship with your computer, which isn't something that's very easy to have with a pre-built. For example, I recently went from a pre-built Gateway with a 500MHz Pentium III to what I have now (the sig rig at the bottom there), and I'm having so much fun with this computer. I'm using it pretty much the same way I used the pre-built: "just doing very basic stuff", but I feel like I'm in complete control over this computer. I feel like something could go wrong at any second and I might be able to diagnose and fix it because I built this computer, whereas I found a pre-built far more difficult to deal with - especially when trying to dig around inside. Yuck.

There's no amount of money to convince me to go back to a pre-built.

But if you're financially unable to build your own right now, then I do recommend seeing if you can replace the mobo with another mobo that will accept that processor and memory, and one that will fit just right in the case.
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thanks alot guys i appreciate it yeah from talking with a few people and looking around i kind of found out that most Dells are a big rip off made with a bunch of proprietary components that make it very difficult to upgrade. at the current time i am financially unable to purchase the equipment for a new build.
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thanks alot guys i appreciate it yeah from talking with a few people and looking around i kind of found out that most Dells are a big rip off made with a bunch of proprietary components that make it very difficult to upgrade. at the current time i am financially unable to purchase the equipment for a new build.
Yeah, it's almost like they take advantage of their name and their customer's lack of knowledge about custom builds, overclocking, etc. It's not a knock not them, per se, but it's more of an honest observation.

Still, at least they try to make decent computers! It could always be worse!
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