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That I'm posting this in the wrong thread,
but here goes. I'm brand new here and even more new to OC.

I currently have this rig, Gateway FX 7024. The specs are:

Specifications
Part Number: 1015229R
Gateway FX7024 Desktop Computer
Model: FX7024

The following table provides the specifications for the Gateway FX7024 desktop computer.
Feature Specification
Processor Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core processor with VT
Each core operates at 2.40 GHz
2 x 4 MB L2 cache
1066 MHz front side bus

Chipset Intel G33
Memory Installed: 3072 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB and two 512 MB modules)
Expandable to: 8 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive
Support for up to two hard drives
Optical Drive 18X DVD ±RW super multi-format dual layer optical drive with Labelflash™ support (up to 8.5GB)
Write max: 18X DVD±R, 8X DVD+R DL, 8X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-ROM
Supports Labelflashâ„¢ on disc printing (req. Labelflash media)

Media Card Reader 15-in-1 high speed digital media manager supporting the following:
Compact Flash (CF) I, II
IBM Microdriveâ„¢ (MD)
SmartMedia Card (SMC)
Memory Stickâ„¢ (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (MS Duo)
Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (MS PRO Duo)
Secure Digitalâ„¢ (SD)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Multi Media Card (MMC)
RS Multi Media Card (RS-MMC) (need adapter)
Multi Media Plus Card (MMC Plus)
Multi Media Mobile Card (MMC Mobile)
xD-Picture Card (xD)

Video NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT over-clocked video card
512 MB on board video memory
DirectX 10
Ports:
Two DVI-I with HDCP
One S-Video

Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Network Support Integrated Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Modem 56 K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem with RJ-11 ports
Add-in Card Slots One PCI Express Ã-16 (graphics interface)
Two PCI Express Ã-1
One PCI conventional

External Connectors One PS/2 keyboard port
One PS/2 mouse port
One VGA monitor port
Eight USB ports (six rear, two front)
One RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port
Seven audio jacks (five rear, two front)
One S/PDIF optical jack
Two IEEE 1394a jacks (one rear, one front)

Drive Bays Five total:
Two external 5.25-inch
One external 3.5-inch (with a docking bay for optional Gateway 2.5-inch removable USB hard drive)
Two internal 3.5-inch (hard drive)


I'm thinking of upgrading the memory and the video card because FFXIV finally came out and I want to be able to run it at high. This current setup does standard at best


So my plans are the following:
Upgrade to the full 8 gigs with Corsair
Upgrade Graphics card to either GTX 460 and OC or ATI 5770 and overclock as well.

Which leaves me wondering about my CPU. I dunno if it's worth overclocking if display setting are what I'm after (I know, I'm sounding stupid making these assumptions)

So my question is:

How can OC help me make this rig better without buying more than what I mentioned up top? How do I go about doing that exactly? Any help? Keep in mind I'm new to this......
 

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a bunch of this I can add.

1- prepare to get flamed for buying a "pre-built gaming PC"
2- Q6600 is good CPU, and NO, you can't overclock it using an OEM mobo. (alienware allows that though)
3-getting a GTX 460, it's much better than a 5770 for about the same price, you can OC these any computer.
4-I'd get 2 more 1GB memory sticks, so 4GB in total. 8GB is overkill for most home PCs (IF YOU HAVE A 64-BIT OS!).
 

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Originally Posted by kora04
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a bunch of this I can add.

1- prepare to get flamed for buying a "pre-built gaming PC"
2- Q6600 is good CPU, and NO, you can't overclock it using an OEM mobo. (alienware allows that though)
3-getting a GTX 460, it's much better than a 5770 for about the same price, you can OC these any computer.
4-I'd get 2 more 1GB memory sticks, so 4GB in total. 8GB is overkill for most home PCs (IF YOU HAVE A 64-BIT OS!).

^^^^ What he said


You could OC your Q6600 if you got a new motherboard and CPU cooler, but a new motherboard would mean having to do a complete re-install of Windows plus drivers. I'd say stick with just getting a 460 and RAM for now and then build a whole new system later.
 

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Bah, I feared as much. I will be saving so I can build my own rig. Definitely, going to be one hell of a PC though. The one thing that worries me is, liquid cooling installation used to be a pain in the ass back when I tried to build rigs, how are they now a days? still a pain in the ass?
 

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Liquid cooling isn't all that bad nowadays -- the nice part is, if you upgrade the video card and the ram, you can recycle those into your new PC when you build down the road.

If you want to go full out water, it's not that hard at all, but if you just wanted to keep your processor cool on the easy side, Corsair makes a pair of closed-loop coolers (H50 and H70 respectively) that work great and are so easy to install, a caveman could do it -- if computers existed back then, of course.
 
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