Overclocking HP Motherboard

Gigabyte / Ga-h55-usb3
May 24, 2010 at 18:07:53
Specs: Windows 7, 2.66GHz Quad Q8400
I was looking at building a socket 1156 system and it comes to about $780 w/tax+shipping.

I saw this refurb socket 775 system for $424.

Is this a good deal, being refurbished?

Then if so, can this mobo overclock the CPU easily?

Then if so, should the lack of a PCI Express 2.0 x16, be a deal killer?

HP Pavilion p6380t 2.66GHz Quad Q8400 4GB DDR3 640GB SATA DVDRW LightScribe Intel Hd Graphics Win 7 Home Premium 64bit

Motherboard Specifications, IPIEL-LA3 (Eureka3)

I know this isn't a gaming system and I am not a gamer. Although, I would add a basic PCI Express x16 graphics card.

EVGA nVidia GeForce 9500GT 512 MB

I don't know anything about the HP cases, PSU, etc., but it looks like a solid foundation to retrofit a socket 1156 mobo in a year or so.

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May 24, 2010 at 19:10:42
Your motherboard link doesn't work:


I don't like the lack of legacy connectors. No PS/2 ports for mouse or keyboard, no floppy, no IDE. There is a PCI Express x16 slot & although it doesn't state that it's 2.0, I can't imagine that it's not.

As for overclocking, OEM boards usually have minimal BIOS adjustments. The chances of it being overclockable are pretty slim.

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