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Alright guys I'm finally ready to sink in I know that the 2600k has overclock capabilities and should overclock fairly safe but what speed is pushing it and what speed is considered average or safe? I was thinking 3.8 - 4ghz myself, but then again a complete noob here.

I'll be using my Asus P8P67 and my Antec H20 620 to get this going so I think I should be alright cooling wise at 3.8 - 4.0ghz right?

Is this going to shorten my PC's life faster or degrade my components faster? What am I risking here, I have dumped all of my money into this and don't want to blow it just by increasing my speed

Thoughts and concerns are appreciated.
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people run 5ghz on these things, more often than not 4.6 ghz EASSSSSY, you can hit 3.7ghz stock when it turbo's, some last gen proccessors couldn't hit that max oc'd you have a lot to work with here, i'd say 4.6ghz max for little degradation and best life.
    
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people run 5ghz on these things, more often than not 4.6 ghz EASSSSSY, you can hit 3.7ghz stock when it turbo's, some last gen proccessors couldn't hit that max oc'd you have a lot to work with here, i'd say 4.6ghz max for little degradation and best life.
What am I risking by overclocking? Will my system actually run stable or is it a ticking timebomb?
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If done properly you only risk CPU life, but even then the life of the CPU could be well over a year.
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What am I risking by overclocking? Will my system actually run stable or is it a ticking timebomb?
Your avatar wins.

On the case of OC'ing, it will inevitably shorten the lifespan of your CPU if you go too far, or provide it with inadequate cooling. OC'ing is basically like putting a car into overdrive or supercharging it, you're forcing it to run faster than it should, and the cost is not just going to be additional power consumption, but also wearing down the CPU too.

Going 4ghz is fine to be honest, that's a pretty standard OC for sandy bridge since SB is so overclocking friendly due to its small, 32nm design architecture. But as you already have a good CPU cooler, it should easily be able to preserve the lifespan of your CPU whilst still OC'd.

I'm guessing it's only when things start getting risky when you hit 4.8-5.0~ on air cooling, since that is pushing it for most people.

You should be fine at 4ghz, even for 24/7 IMO.
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Your avatar wins.

On the case of OC'ing, it will inevitably shorten the lifespan of your CPU if you go too far, or provide it with inadequate cooling. OC'ing is basically like putting a car into overdrive or supercharging it, you're forcing it to run faster than it should, and the cost is not just going to be additional power consumption, but also wearing down the CPU too.

Going 4ghz is fine to be honest, that's a pretty standard OC for sandy bridge since SB is so overclocking friendly due to its small, 32nm design architecture. But as you already have a good CPU cooler, it should easily be able to preserve the lifespan of your CPU whilst still OC'd.

I'm guessing it's only when things start getting risky when you hit 4.8-5.0~ on air cooling, since that is pushing it for most people.

You should be fine at 4ghz, even for 24/7 IMO.
Why thank you kind sir

I'll want to OC 24/7 but I could look into turning it on and off when I'm doing things like rendering maybe. Anybody know if there is a way to save your bios?
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Going 4ghz is fine to be honest, that's a pretty standard OC for sandy bridge

I'm guessing it's only when things start getting risky when you hit 4.8-5.0~ on
4ghz is the standard OC for SB???

Lots of guessing, huh? Ghz is not the determining factor for "risk"...its how you get to those Ghz.
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Why thank you kind sir

I'll want to OC 24/7 but I could look into turning it on and off when I'm doing things like rendering maybe. Anybody know if there is a way to save your bios?
There are power saving features enabled by default on most motherboards. These settings include things like C1E, and what they do is throttle down your CPU's clock at idle, to reduce power consumption, and ultimately, heat. So, all of this will be happening in the background when you're not doing anything in Windows etc.

You will be able to see all of this in your BIOS, mainly under power settings or in a page related to the CPU (most BIOS' are different when we talk different motherboard brands, so excuse me).

You can disable these settings if you want, and most overclockers would recommend you do so since they can interfere with the stability of your overclock - afterall, the purpose of an overclock is to crank things up a notch and pretty much stay there for the most part.
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4ghz is the standard OC for SB???

Lots of guessing, huh? Ghz is not the determining factor for "risk"...its how you get to those Ghz.
Urgh, my bad, weak OC then But still acceptable for those who are starting out or don't need that much more power!

A mild one would be mine for sure, 4.4ghz!
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Why thank you kind sir

I'll want to OC 24/7 but I could look into turning it on and off when I'm doing things like rendering maybe. Anybody know if there is a way to save your bios?
I would stay away from using profile to save bio setting. It still bug even with 1850 beta bios. If you load the profile it like to add a ton of volts like .8 which will cook the 2600k or any cpu at that range.
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