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post #1 of 29
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So I want to oc my sig rig. This is the computer my wife uses for our photography business. I have read that in addition to shortening or ruining computer components and causing instability, overclocking cause cause file corruption and data storage issues. Although I want to speed up our computer, I don't want to take the chance of losing any files or causing any issues with our clients pictures.

What are everyone's thoughts on this? I plan to OC safely, but being a noob, not really sure how to do that yet!
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post #2 of 29
Head over to the Intel section and read up on overclocking then. 2600K is a beast CPU and your set up isn't no lil biznitch so you don't need to OC in the first place. If the con's out way the pro's, then be happy with what you have and stick to stock speeds.
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post #3 of 29
I would recommend getting an SSD that would speed things up.
post #4 of 29
you do not want to risk losing work, so keep it a light overclock if anything, and make sure its 100% stable. my daily boot (i7 920) is only 3.4ghz though i can do 4+ easy. its just not that much of a gain when i know that my 3.4 is stable as if it is stock clocks.
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post #5 of 29
Get the i7 2600k overclocked and an ssd and you will love the performance for photo editing!
post #6 of 29
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Yea, I just don't know if I trust SSD's yet. They are kind of new technology, cost alot and if you aren't careful and maintain them, you can have issues....not to mention they fill up real fast....
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post #7 of 29
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So do any stress tests look for file corruption, write errors, etc?
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post #8 of 29
Well, if you use at least a 10,000rpm or 15,000rpm drive it will speed up editing performance.
post #9 of 29
Check the safe specs for whatever chip you have. Keep within temps, and voltages and your chip will not lose any life. For example, keeping my load temps under 70, and my voltage under 1.38 my chip will last just as long.

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post #10 of 29
I don't have my rig overclocked either, but from what I've read around here, if you want to play around with it, I wouldn't let the fear of lost data stop you.

You probably already back up all your work. I have always been paranoid about losing a clients' images, so I back up faithfully. After uploading images from cards, I immediately back them up to an external. I don't delete and reformat the cards until I know I have 2 copies. When I go to work, I then download them onto my work machine where it is backed up to another external drive. All in all, I end up with 4 copies of raw images kept in 2 separate locations. I continue keeping a single back-up throughout post-production. Once I am happy with the final images, they go through a repeat of the first run of backups.

I have yet to lose a single image to equipment failure, but with storage being as cheap as it is, there's no excuse not to safeguard your work.

So I would say if you have the itch to OC, go for it, but make sure you take precautions.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

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