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Hi I'm completely new to both this forum and the overclocking game. I don't know all that much about computers but I'd like to overclock my i7 960. I'm not sure at all how to even get to my BIOS. I knew how to on my laptop but this desktop is fairly new to me and I'm not sure. All I'm looking for is some advice maybe a very beginner oriented guide on how I can get my speed up. All I do with my PC is game just for plain fun so really I'm just looking to try and improve my experience without spending more money when I don't need to.
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Did you start here?

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ing-guide.html
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...920-930-a.html

The second one would be more beneficial in the end, but start with the first one first. If you are that new to OCing take it 1 step at a time and read, read, read. It will help you a lot. I still learn something new and I've been at the game a while.
    
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If it's a pre-built system, you might not be able to overclock it. If you built it, follow this guide: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...920-930-a.html To get into the bios, you ususaly keep pushing the "delete" key right before you hear the beep when the computer turns on.
    
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It is a pre-built system it's a Dell XPS 9000 which is just a reboxed XPS 435T
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Yeah, I'm guessing it won't work, but if you can get into the bios and change the voltage, and fsb, then it will work.
    
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Also make sure you get a CPU cooler because the stock one fails.
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It is not possible to overclock XPS 435t. You have to change the motherboard. Believe me, there is no other way. Asus P6X58D perfectly fits to dell case, however front panel connectors are a real pain.... Am currently trying to work something out.... There's another thread here on OCN which I'm trying to bring back to life.... still got no response... Check out the post by WilliamPerdigon -

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...9000-asus.html
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I also have an i7 960 and would like to know how to overclock it properly.


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It is not possible to overclock XPS 435t. You have to change the motherboard. Believe me, there is no other way. Asus P6X58D perfectly fits to dell case, however front panel connectors are a real pain.... Am currently trying to work something out.... There's another thread here on OCN which I'm trying to bring back to life.... still got no response... Check out the post by WilliamPerdigon -

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...9000-asus.html
I'd be willing to bet this isn't entirely true. Most HP's are this way with the default hp/compaq bios. However since most hps use Intel made motherboards, you can simply flash the bios with an intel release for that motherboard, which will unlock a lot of the bios's features hp doesn't want you to have access to. Doing this may void your warranty, I would check first, but it is safe to do. Keep in mind if the bios isn't moded to support the oem, you will loose your windows activation. There are ways around this however, and in your case since it is an oem computer and has a legal tag on the side. The reason you can unlock these features is simple.. it's an ami/award or pheonix bios that the oem just programs their version of. The portion of the bios that actually controls the motherboard is the same, bit by bit.
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List your exact dell xps model # and I'll see what I can find out for you.
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