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Custimization tips for Gateway 838GM

I'm looking for a way to customize my Gateway 838GM to its full potential. Any suggestion?

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  • Samuel Zirene Jan 31, 2010

    I just want it to work as good as it can in efficiency. Speed, Boot Time, Hardware Changes, Upgrades, and Gaming basically.

  • Davis M May 11, 2010

    Well, um, customize it to its full potential of what...? Visual Prettiness? Speed & Boot Time? Video/Audio Editing? 3D CAD work? Gaming? ---- Hardware Changes & Upgrades? Software Tweaking? Budget or something? ---- Specifics would certainly help. Please post back with something more specific about what you're wanting to accomplish and 'where'.

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