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Well as of now I'm on a not so good computer.

COMPAQ
Windows XP Home Edition 2002
632 mb ddr ram (Had to add a 512 chip since the 120ddr sucked)
64mb Graphics Card (I bought a BFG GeForce FX 5500 256mb OC)
Celeron 2.50 GHz

Even after upgrading the PC it's still a bit of a pain, I then ordered this great deal.

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...gon=&langid=EN

Processor Type AMD Sempron 3100+
Processor Speed 1.8GHz
RAM 256MB DDR, 400MHz PC3200 (Exp. To 2GB)
Hard Drive 40GB 7200RPM
Optical Drives CD-RW
Graphics Card See The Features Section
Available Expansion Bays 2 x 3.5", 1 x 5.25"
Available Expansion Slots 1 x PCI-E X16, 1 x PCI-E X1, 1 x PCI
Cache 256KB
Disk Drive No
Fax/Modem 56K ITU V.92
I/O Ports See The Features Section
Included Software See The Features Section
Monitor Included? Monitor Not Included
Network Card 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 Port)
Other Control Devices See The Features Section
Preloaded Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 2005
Sound Card 6-Channel (5.1) AC'97 Audio
Speakers Amplified Stereo
System Bus 1600MHz
Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labour
zDelivery Message Carriers are limited to door-to-door delivery. Placement or set-up of the product within the home is not included.

More Information
FEATURES:

* Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6100 GPU, Up To 128MB Of Shared Video Memory
* I/O Ports: 6 x USB 2.0 (2 Front, 4 Back), 1 x VGA External Connector, 1 x Parallel, 1 x Serial, 2 x PS/2 (Keyboard & Mouse), 5 x Audio (2 Front, 3 Back)
* Other: Standard Multifunction Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse
* Software: Microsoft Works 8.0, Microsoft Money 2005, Microsoft Encarta Online, Adobe Reader 7, Nero 6 Suite, Microsoft Windows Media Player 10, Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006 (60 Day Digital Image Standard 2006 Trial), Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Toolbar, McAfee Internet Security Suite (90 Day Trial Only), eMachines BigFix

Please Note: This product only contains English operating instructions and system software.
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Is this computer safe too OC with the 3100+?
I have a site x-bit labs which tells me how to OC. So I'll read that later on. I have never OC'd a thing in my life. I have CPU-Z installed though.

I don't get it shipped untell monday so I cannot test yet.
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post #2 of 7
On most prefab computers (dell, hp, compaq) all the BIOS settings are locked so you cannot OC it. Unless you want to use a windows based program to OC everytime you boot up, your most likely out of luck.
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post #3 of 7
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Well that really stinks, having 1.8ghz wont do nothing. Is there any way to OC it, the PC is made by emachines, which I thought you could OC.

From some sites I found too,

"Most e-machines use real motherboards, not customized ones by themselves. My old e-machines could also overclock with a BIOS hack."

I believe the mobo is not a customized one either.
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I don't know whether or not you could OC it, but I'm guessing that you couldn't without a lot of work. For future reference, don't buy an eMachine, either. Just about everyone I've ever talked to who owned an eMachine has said that they suck. Just learn to build your own PC...it's not hard at all, and it can save you a ton of cash.
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Originally Posted by chrisjp
Well that really stinks, having 1.8ghz wont do nothing. Is there any way to OC it, the PC is made by emachines, which I thought you could OC.
I wouldnt say that, you have a 1.8ghz AMD, not a 1.8 Ghz intel. There is a Big difference. To give a rough ezuivalent of how your AMD compares to an intel, use (AMD*9)/6 and that will give you a rough intel speed. This is because AMD performs 9 operations per cycle, as oppsed to the 6 operations per cycle Intel does. So for your 1.8Ghz AMD, using the formula above, it is the equivalent of a 2.7ghz intel. A also have a 1.8ghz AMD, and it easily beats my roomate's 2.7ghz. You arent as bad off with that chip as you might think.
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Thread Starter 
Oh ok, well thats good! I don't no much about AMD's, I heard that they can run more things at once with none to little slow down in the CPU. I'm just glad this PC was at least better then what I got now. I guess I'll just wait a few months and get a nice custom one, I needed this extra one for music producing anyways.


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For future reference, don't buy an eMachine, either. Just about everyone I've ever talked to who owned an eMachine has said that they suck. Just learn to build your own PC...it's not hard at all, and it can save you a ton of cash.
Well some have said yes and some have said no, emachines don't make the parts they get them from a 3rd party, so depending on where the parts came from for your PC you might just get a good one. I have a friend who has an emachines and has had it for a long time, not one problem yet. Yes I know making a custom is better, I just needed a PC on a short notice and didn't have the cash for a 1k pc.
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post #7 of 7
Alright mate the ols machine at my work where emachines and all I can say is some are good and some are bad, the average mobo here was pretty restricted in all honesty but it aint the end of the world, as some said above AMD's are really good chips, I have been building with AMD for a while now because I find they have alot more play in them, I built my girlfriend a sytem based off a sempron 2.8, they aint to shabby and if your willing to spend £40/£50 on a really good mobo I dont see any reason why you cant push it up, there are alot of threads on this site about overclocking semprons, read up and see if they can apply to you.

GL with your new system mate
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