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Are there any OEM computer makers out there anymore, that support overclocking? I'm not talking about Dellianware and the like. Not the gaming machines that are made by some company that charges 54 times what the computer is worth. I mean your average Gateway, HP, Acer, Sony, E-machines, etc etc. Something you might actually see down at the local office supply store.

Back in '02, my buddy had some name brand computer that would actually let you play with the multiplier a little bit in the bios. I want to say it was a dell, but I can't remember. It had a little 1.8Ghz processor in it, and he could overclock it on up to like 2.4Ghz or something like that. Which back then, I thought that was pretty darn cool. Seeing as how it was the first thing I had seen of overclocking. And here and there, over the years, I have heard of other random OEM's that would let you overclock a little bit. Are there any more of them still out there in existence? Are they still made at all? Or was the last one produced a good while ago?

Just something I was curious about cause it seems to be kind of a rarity.
Edited by Bennylava - 1/24/11 at 6:46pm
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Most people lock the BIOS to prevent customers from messing with it. I know my current company is actually considering branching off to make a seperate company in which case customers will have full BIOS access with their custom PC.
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I'm not talking about any kind of custom PC. Nor from any small company. The bioses are never locked on the typical wal-mart off the shelf HP or Gateway or whatever. That is the kind of computer that I'm talking about.
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There is an old dell optiplex at my workplace that supports it. I always wondered if someone had replaced the motherboard before I started working there (i'm the one who currently does the PC maintenance around there) but I never looked into it. Might have to do that now. I didn't notice anything special about the mobo right off hand. Might be the one that came in it, who knows.
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I believe some Dell XPS and Alienware systems have overclocking options enabled.
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Yeah but those are more geared towards gaming. I thought there used to be some regular old OEMs that you could OC slightly.. guess no one here ever had one heh
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Originally Posted by Bennylava View Post
Yeah but those are more geared towards gaming. I thought there used to be some regular old OEMs that you could OC slightly.. guess no one here ever had one heh
Those were probably gone before I was even born lol

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Who cares? No hardware enthusiast or overclocker will buy a ugly overpriced OEM computer for overclocking anyway.
Edited by turrican9 - 2/5/11 at 12:47pm
    
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post #9 of 9
Most gaming laptops and desktops support overclocking, don't know about regular desktops
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