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If you're buying a pre-built computer from a major manufacturer (Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.), then overclocking will not be an option. Overclocking is based on the functions of certain motherboards and BIOS settings the motherboard manufacturers allow. Ready-made systems do not allow the altering of these settings as they can cause damage if you change something and you don't know what you're doing.

If the system you are purchasing does have a motherboard that will allow overclocking, I'd advise you to read up a lot on the subject (there are plenty of handy FAQ's on this site) before you attempt anything and even then take it slow and safe. Still, if you're buying a high end system, there's some risk in overclocking and little reward. Systems that are already very fast have little need to be pushed even faster.
 
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