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To OC, or not OC
11-28-2010, 06:57 PM,
#1
To OC, or not OC

I've read up and it appears that overclocking, while taking some time and testing, it's not too hard to do.

My question, being still a newb to this stuff, is whether it's worth doing in the long run. Does running an overclocked CPU lessen it's effective lifespan?

That aside, I have a fear or two about whether during the process of determining your ideal OC settings, a noobish one like myself could fry their system accidentally. Is that a realistic fear?
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11-28-2010, 07:34 PM,
#2
RE: To OC, or not OC
Running an overclocked CPU shouldn't lessen it's lifespan if it's cooled effectively.

It's pretty hard to fry a system accidentally these days. Usually a system will underclock itself or even 'halt' (completely shut off) if the processor detects that it's too hot.

If you push the processor too far, it should become unstable and it should crash, but it should not do damage.

All you need is a decent cooler to overclock.
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11-28-2010, 09:55 PM,
#3
RE: To OC, or not OC
(11-28-2010, 07:34 PM)Brian Wrote: Running an overclocked CPU shouldn't lessen it's lifespan if it's cooled effectively.

It's pretty hard to fry a system accidentally these days. Usually a system will underclock itself or even 'halt' (completely shut off) if the processor detects that it's too hot.

If you push the processor too far, it should become unstable and it should crash, but it should not do damage.

All you need is a decent cooler to overclock.

What he says Tongue

Seriously, as long as you take it slowly, keep an eye on temperatures and stick to what guides tell you what to do, it's pretty much a walk in the park.
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11-28-2010, 10:25 PM,
#4
RE: To OC, or not OC
Overclock slowly and deliberately, and you should be fine. Good luck!
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