Gateway introduces factory over-clocked desktop computer

Irvine (CA) - Gateway is trying to take all the guesswork out of over-clocking with its new factory over-clocked FX530 desktop PC. The computer will come with Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processors and ATI x1900 or x1950 graphics cards. Over-clocked processors traditionally have rarely failed, but Gateway is offering a one-year limited warranty on the FX530.

Gateway will ship three different models, all with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 installed. The "low-end" FX530XG model will have the 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 processor along with 2 GB of PC5300 RAM and two 150 GB 10K RPM drives. A 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme with four GB of RAM and two 750 GB drives will power the high-end FX530XL.

Gateway hasn't specified how over-clocked the new computers will be. In addition, there is no word on whether customers will be able to over-clock the computers themselves after the purchase. Gateway says the FX530 will be upgradeable to Intel's upcoming quad-core processors.

The FX530 series will begin shipping on November 2nd. The FX530XG will sell for $2500, while the FX530XL will ship for $5000.