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Hi
ive just built and setup my first rig as below but unsure whether to overclock. I have windows running from SSD and everything seems quick enough.
So what are the pros and cons?

CASE: HAF 922
MOBO: MSI P67A-G45 Intel P67
CPU: Intel i5-2500k 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) - overclocked to 4.7ghz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600mhz
GPU: GeForce GTX570
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Pro: Makes things go faster.
Con: shortens hardware life
     
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Originally Posted by DorkSterr;14568060 
Pro: Makes things go faster.
Con: shortens hardware life

well i guess i dont need to just yet then, i think some people do it just to show off
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post #4 of 20
Start with the cons as they're not that many or important:
*what's the point? that CPU is fast enough for 90% of the tasks. If you game and browse the web you'll push the CPU with no reason or gain
*increased power consumption, possibly decreased CPU lifetime
*fan speed / noise possibly higher than stock
Plus:
*if you're amongst the 10% that fold, transcode, convert/archive you'll see a performance benefit from OCing a 2500K
*bragging rights, always important

/offtopic: OCing a low end CPU is always easier to justify since it's too slow @stock.
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post #5 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by azza1989;14568067 
well i guess i dont need to just yet then, i think some people do it just to show off

Depends on how far you take it and if your case and cooling peripherals are up to the task. Also on what you are actually trying to OC.

That i5 of yours should be able to run at your current speed with no issues until past the life time of the system if adequately cooled.
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What are these "cons" you speak of???


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Originally Posted by Peremptor;14568087 
Depends on how far you take it and if your case and cooling peripherals are up to the task. Also on what you are actually trying to OC.

That i5 of yours should be able to run at your current speed with no issues until past the life time of the system if adequately cooled.

most people ive seen with this CPU in their sig have overclocked
ive never used a PC so fast i dont see why OCing is needed, its like alien tech biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by azza1989;14568102 
most people ive seen with this CPU in their sig have overclocked
ive never used a PC so fast i dont see why OCing is needed, its like alien tech biggrin.gif

dragosmp brings up a good point. If you are not going to see a benefit from the overclock (i.e., better framerates in games or better performance in anything else you actually use your computer for) don't even bother since you do use up for watts for no discernible increase in performance.

Though if you can oc it on stock voltages to 4.0 or near it... I don't see why the heck not thumb.gif...
post #9 of 20
why not just OC you hardware very slightly for 24/7 use so it's snappier?

i5 2500k to 4Ghz? easy as pie and a decent performance boost.
Gtx570 to 800Mhz? easy as pie and a decent performance boost.

that way you get faster components and remove the threat of limiting you products life.
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post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by th3illusiveman;14568126 
why not just OC you hardware very slightly for 24/7 use so it's snappier?

i5 2500k to 4Ghz? easy as pie and a decent performance boost.
Gtx570 to 800Mhz? easy as pie and a decent performance boost.

that way you get faster components and remove the threat of limiting you products life.

Works for me. And if you actually need more speed and are willing to live with the consequences, good luck with that too.
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